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Colorado State Senate District 6

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Colorado State Senate District 6
Current incumbentEllen Roberts Republican Party
Ethnicity0.5% Black, 11.5% Hispanic[1]
Voting age77.9% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
Colorado’s fourth state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Ellen Roberts.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 144,787 civilians reside within Colorado's sixth 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, 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 Ellen S. Roberts was unopposed in the Republican primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[8][9][10]


See also: Colorado State Senate elections, 2010

Elections for the office of Colorado State Senate consisted of a primary election on August 10, 2010, and a general election on November 2, 2010. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 27, 2010. Ellen Roberts defeated Dean Boehler in the August 10 Republican primary before defeating incumbent Bruce Whitehead in the general election. Whitehead ran unopposed in the August 10 Democratic primary.[11][12]

Colorado State Senate, District 6, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEllen Roberts 60.5% 34,574
     Democratic Bruce Whitehead Incumbent 39.5% 22,559
Total Votes 57,133

Campaign contributions

Since 2002, candidates for Colorado State Senate District 6 have raised a total of $1,147,645. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $114,765 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Colorado State Senate District 6
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $9,350 1 $9,350
2010 $325,648 3 $108,549
2008 $8,000 1 $8,000
2006 $123,705 2 $61,853
2004 $4,900 1 $4,900
2002 $676,042 2 $338,021
Total $1,147,645 10 $114,765

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