Colorado State Senate District 33

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Colorado State Senate District 33
Current incumbentMichael Johnston Democratic Party
Ethnicity26.4% Black, 28.3% Hispanic[1]
Voting age73% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Colorado’s thirty-third state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Michael Johnston.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 160,926 civilians reside within Colorado's thirty-third state senate district.[2] Colorado state senators 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. Incumbent Michael Johnston defeated Jason DeBerry (R) and Courtney Kolva (L) in the general election. The candidates ran unopposed in the June 26 primary election.[8][9]

Colorado State Senate, District 33, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Johnston Incumbent 82.3% 51,357
     Republican Jason DeBerry 13.6% 8,456
     Libertarian Courtney Kolva 4.1% 2,579
Total Votes 62,392

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Colorado State Senate District 33 have raised a total of $237,614. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $26,402 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Colorado State Senate District 33
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $38,552 2 $19,276
2010 $71,221 1 $71,221
2008 $40,610 1 $40,610
2006 $2,200 1 $2,200
2004 $18,730 1 $18,730
2002 $12,706 1 $12,706
2000 $53,595 2 $26,798
Total $237,614 9 $26,402

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