Colorado House of Representatives District 41

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Colorado House of Representatives District 41
Current incumbentJovan Melton Democratic Party
Ethnicity18% Black, 15.8% Hispanic
Voting age77.7% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Colorado’s forty-first state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Jovan Melton.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 74,088 civilians reside within Colorado's forty-first 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 be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 31, 2014. Incumbent Jovan Melton was unopposed in the Democratic primary and will face Molly Barrett (R), who filed to run after the Republican primary, in the general election.[7][8]


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. Jovan Melton defeated Terry Todd in the June 26 Democratic primary before defeating Art Carlson (R) and JM Fay (I) in the general election. Carlson was not on the primary ballot but replaced Robert Miles, who withdrew from the race. Carlson was named to the ballot by an Arapahoe County vacancy committee on August 23.[9][10] [11]

Colorado House of Representatives, District 41, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJovan Melton 58.9% 19,173
     Republican Art Carlson 35.4% 11,514
     Independent JM "Maria J" Fay 5.7% 1,855
Total Votes 32,542

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Colorado House of Representatives District 41 have raised a total of $368,168. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $23,011 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Colorado House of Representatives District 41
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $45,173 4 $11,293
2010 $56,784 2 $28,392
2008 $40,751 1 $40,751
2006 $38,289 2 $19,145
2004 $86,044 2 $43,022
2002 $50,662 2 $25,331
2000 $50,465 3 $16,822
Total $368,168 16 $23,011

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