Colorado State Senate District 19

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Colorado State Senate District 19
Current incumbentEvie Hudak Democratic Party
Ethnicity1.2% Black, 11.4% Hispanic
Voting age76.5% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
Colorado’s nineteenth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Evie Hudak.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 120,496 civilians reside within Colorado's nineteenth state senate district.[1] Colorado state senators represent an average of 143,691 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 122,893 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Colorado State Senate serve four-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 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.[4]


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.[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 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. Incumbent Rachel Zenzinger was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Laura J. Woods defeated Lang Sias in the Republican primary. Woods defeated Zenzinger and Gregg Miller (L) in the general election.[7][8][9][10]

This race was picked by analysts as one of two that were important for the control of the Colorado State Senate. The Democrats held the smallest possible majority in the chamber at one seat following the successful 2013 recalls of Senate President John Morse (D) and Angela Giron (D) and later resignation of Evie Hudak (D) after recall petitions were turned in against her. When Zenzinger, Hudak's former campaign manager, was first appointed, some conservatives argued that she would simply continue with Hudak's policies. "Sen. Hudak’s constituents were hungry for change and liberal activists served up more of the same. Zenzinger may have a different name, but she’s been behind Hudak’s policies. Anyone who thinks Zenzinger is going to stand up to her own Democrat majority is fooling themselves," said Kelly Maher of the conservative group Compass Colorado.[11]

Jefferson County, where this seat is located, was considered by some to be "the epicenter of Colorado politics." Because of Zenzinger's relationship to Hudak, she was considered vulnerable to a Republican challenge.[12] According to Chalkbeat, Zenzinger holds a "substantial fundraising lead" over Woods.[13]

Colorado State Senate, District 19, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLaura J. Woods 47.6% 29,907
     Democratic Rachel Zenzinger Incumbent 46.6% 29,244
     Libertarian Gregg Miller 5.8% 3,664
Total Votes 62,815
Colorado State Senate District 19 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLaura J. Woods 55.4% 6,813
Lang Sias 44.6% 5,484
Total Votes 12,297


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. Incumbent Evie Hudak defeated Lang Sias (R) and Lloyd Sweeny (L) in the general election. The candidates ran unopposed in the June 26 primary election.[14][15]

Colorado State Senate, District 19, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEvie Hudak Incumbent 47% 35,664
     Republican Lang Sias 46.3% 35,080
     Libertarian Lloyd A. Sweeny 6.7% 5,104
Total Votes 75,848

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Colorado State Senate District 19 have raised a total of $1,201,991. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $109,272 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Colorado State Senate District 19
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $358,484 2 $179,242
2010 $8,889 1 $8,889
2008 $298,879 2 $149,440
2006 $4,705 1 $4,705
2004 $237,013 2 $118,507
2002 $5,870 1 $5,870
2000 $288,151 2 $144,076
Total $1,201,991 11 $109,272

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