George Rivera

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George Rivera
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Colorado State Senate, District 3
In office
2013 - Present
Years in position 1
Base salary$30,000/year
Per diem$45/day in Denver area, $183/day outside
Elections and appointments
First elected September 10, 2013
Term limits8 years
High schoolPueblo Catholic High School (1966)
ProfessionPolice Officer (Retired)
Campaign website
George Rivera is a Republican member of the Colorado State Senate, representing District 3. He was first elected to the chamber in a recall election on September 10, 2013. He was selected to replace Angela Giron (D).[1] Rivera was sworn in to office on October 3, 2013.[2]


Rivera's professional experience includes working as the Deputy Chief of the Pueblo Police Department.[3]


Campaign themes


Rivera's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[4]

  • Taxes: Prosperity does not come from additional tax burdens upon our citizens, nor does it come from the government’s ever increasing budget. The government’s role is NOT to provide what it believes we need.
  • Business: We can not continue to add regulation upon regulation on small businesses and expect them to thrive.
  • Water: We have to do everything we can to protect one of our most precious natural resources, our water. We must not let shortsighted legislation undo years of carefully crafted water regulations and water rulings that have kept Colorado water rights intact.
  • Renewable Energy: Renewable energy is great, but we can not continue to mandate ever higher renewable energy standards and in the process cause undue hardship on the citizens of Colorado, especially those living in our rural communities.
  • Education: We can not guarantee a better education for our children just by throwing more money at the current public school system. My personal experience with private schooling tells me it’s time to work toward implementing a statewide school voucher program.



See also: Angela Giron recall, Colorado State Senate (2013)

Rivera won election for Colorado State Senate District 3 in the recall election against incumbent Sen. Angela Giron. The election took place on September 10, 2013.[3][5][1]

Shall Angelo Giron be recalled from the office of State Senate, District 3?
Approveda Recall19,35556.01%
Candidates nominated to succeed Angela Giron should se be recalled:
ApprovedaGeorge Rivera (R) 19,301 88.16%
DefeateddWrite-in 2,592 11.84%


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In 2014, the 69th Colorado General Assembly was in session from January 8 to May 7.[6]


In 2013, the 69th Colorado General Assembly was in session from January 9 to May 9.[7]


Rivera and his wife, Kathryn, have two children. Rivera was born in Puebla in 1948 and has lived there since.[4]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Angela Giron (D)
Colorado State Senate - District 3
Succeeded by