Colorado State Senate District 11

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Colorado State Senate District 11
Current incumbentMichael Merrifield Democratic Party
Ethnicity11% Black, 20.3% Hispanic[1]
Voting age76.7% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
Colorado’s eleventh state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Michael Merrifield.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 123,374 civilians reside within Colorado's eleventh 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, 2014

Elections for the office of Colorado State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 24, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 31, 2014. Michael Merrifield was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Bernie Herpin was unopposed in the Republican primary. Merrifield defeated Herpin and Norman Dawson (L) in the general election.[8][9][10]

Colorado State Senate, District 11, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Merrifield 52.2% 18,815
     Republican Bernie Herpin Incumbent 41.5% 14,978
     Libertarian Norman Dawson 6.3% 2,282
Total Votes 36,075


See also: John Morse recall, Colorado State Senate (2013)

Herpin won election for Colorado State Senate District 13 in the recall election against incumbent Sen. John Morse. He was selected by local Republican leaders on July 9. The election took pace on September 10.[11][12]

Shall John Morse be recalled from the office of State Senate, District 11?
Approveda Recall9,09450.96%
Candidates nominated to succeed John Morse should he be recalled:
ApprovedaBernie Herpin (R) 8,895 83.2%
DefeateddWrite-in 1,796 16.8%

Campaign contributions

Since 2002, candidates for Colorado State Senate District 11 have raised a total of $1,234,553. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $123,455 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Colorado State Senate District 11
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $5,450 1 $5,450
2010 $278,577 2 $139,289
2008 $14,995 1 $14,995
2006 $181,702 2 $90,851
2004 $18,407 1 $18,407
2002 $735,422 3 $245,141
Total $1,234,553 10 $123,455

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