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Colorado House of Representatives District 26
Current incumbentDiane Mitsch Bush Democratic Party
Ethnicity1.5% Black, 18.1% Hispanic
Voting age80.1% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Colorado’s twenty-sixth state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Diane Mitsch Bush.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 65,053 civilians reside within Colorado's twenty-sixth house of representatives district.[1] Colorado state representatives represent an average of 77,372 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 66,173 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Colorado House of Representatives serve two-year terms with term limits.[4] Colorado legislators assume office on first day of the first legislative session following the election.


Article 5, Section 4 of the Colorado Constitution states: No person shall be a representative or senator who shall not have attained the age of twenty-five years, who shall not be a citizen of the United States, who shall not for at least twelve months next preceding his election, have resided within the territory included in the limits of the county or district in which he shall be chosen; provided, that any person who at the time of the adoption of this constitution, was a qualified elector under the territorial laws, shall be eligible to the first general assembly.


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Colorado legislature are paid $30,000 per year. They are also given per diem of $183 for members who live more than 50 miles from capitol and $45 for members who live 50 or fewer miles from capitol.[5]

Term limis

See also: State legislatures with term limits

Voters enacted the Colorado Term Limits Act in 1990. That initiative said that Colorado representatives are subject to term limits of no more than four two-year terms.[4]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

In the event of any vacancy in the house, the political party that holds the vacant seat is responsible for deciding a replacement.[6] A vacancy committee consisting of members of the political party holding the vacant seat must conduct an election when deciding an appointee. A simple majority vote of members in the vacancy committee is needed to approve any appointment. The person selected to fill the vacancy serves until the next scheduled general election.



See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Colorado House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 24, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 31, 2014. Incumbent Diane Mitsch Bush was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Charles McConnell defeated David Moloney in the Republican primary. Bush, McConnell and Thom Haupt (L) will face off in the general election.[7][8][9]


See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Colorado House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on June 26, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 19, 2012. Diane Mitsch Bush defeated Charles McConnell (R) in the general election. Neither candidate faced opposition in the June 26 primary elections.[10][11]

Colorado House of Representatives, District 26, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDiane E. Mitsch Bush 55.8% 18,470
     Republican Chuck McConnell 44.2% 14,637
Total Votes 33,107

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Colorado House of Representatives District 26 have raised a total of $677,507. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $42,344 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Colorado House of Representatives District 26
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $94,318 3 $31,439
2010 $94,156 2 $47,078
2008 $74,407 2 $37,204
2006 $98,719 2 $49,360
2004 $121,606 2 $60,803
2002 $114,313 2 $57,157
2000 $79,988 3 $26,663
Total $677,507 16 $42,344

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