Colorado State Senate District 10

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Colorado State Senate District 10
Current incumbentOwen Hill Republican Party
Ethnicity6.5% Black, 12.4% Hispanic[1]
Voting age72.2% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Colorado’s tenth state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Owen Hill.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 165,884 civilians reside within Colorado's tenth state senate district.[2] Arkansas state representatives represent an average of 143,691 residents.[3] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 122,893 residents.[4]

About the office

Members of the Colorado State Senate serve four-year terms with term limits.[5] 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.[6]

Term limits

See also: State legislatures with term limits

Voters enacted the Colorado Term Limits Act in 1990. That initiative said that Colorado senators are subject to term limits of no more than two four-year terms.[5]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

In the event of any vacancy in the senate, the political party that holds the vacant seat is responsible for deciding a replacement.[7] 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 State Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Colorado State Senate 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 April 2, 2012. Owen Hill defeated Larry Liston in the June 26 Republican primary before defeating Christopher Mull (C) and Brandon Hughes (L) in the general election.[8][9]

Colorado State Senate, District 10, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngOwen Hill 73.5% 44,200
     Libertarian Brandon Hughes 17% 10,255
     American Constitution Party Christopher Mull 9.5% 5,721
Total Votes 60,176

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Colorado State Senate District 10 have raised a total of $354,805. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $32,255 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Colorado State Senate District 10
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $153,957 2 $76,979
2010 $4,900 1 $4,900
2008 $30,479 2 $15,240
2006 $1,238 1 $1,238
2004 $20,542 1 $20,542
2002 $4,432 1 $4,432
2000 $139,257 3 $46,419
Total $354,805 11 $32,255

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