James Riesberg

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James Riesberg
Colorado House of Representatives District 50
Former member
Term in office began
Term in office ended
July 2011
Political party Democratic
Profession Businessman
James Riesberg is a former Democratic member of the Colorado House of Representatives, representing District 50 from 2005 until his resignation in July 2011. Riesberg resigned to take a job with Gov. Gov. John Hickenlooper as the state's Insurance Commissioner.


Riesberg's professional experience includes working as Owner/Consulting Gerontologist for the JLR Company from 1991 to 2005 and Operations Director of Community Food Share from 2000 to 2001.

He is a member of the Greeley Chamber of Commerce/Evans Chamber of Commerce and National Council on Aging.[1]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Riesberg was appointed to these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Riesberg served on these committees:


Riesberg did not provide answers to the Colorado State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.[2]

Riesberg's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 09-1173 - Contraband Cigarettes & Tobacco Products
  • HB 09-1341 - License Psychiatric Technicians
  • HB 09-1364 - Increase Healthcare Task Force Terms

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.



See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2010

Riesberg ran for re-election to the 50th District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the August 10 primary. Bob Boswell ran for the seat on the Republican ticket. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

Colorado House of Representatives, District 50 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png James Riesberg (D) 7,859
Bob Boswell (R) 7,590


On November 4, 2008, Riesberg won re-election to the 50th District seat in the Colorado House of Representatives, defeating opponent Scott M. Helman (R).[3]

Riesberg raised $80,745 for his campaign, while Helman raised $21,567.[4]

Colorado State House, District 50 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png James Riesberg (D) 14,139
Scott M. Helman (R) 8,688

Campaign donors


In 2010, Riesberg raised $76,256 in contributions.[5]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Colorado Professional Fire Fighters $6,000
Colorado Medical Society $4,400
Service Employees International Local 105 $4,250
Colorado Education Association $3,125


Below are Riesberg's top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[6]

Contributor 2008 total
Food & Commercial Workers Local 7 $4,250
Colorado Education Assoc $4,250
CO Professional Fire Fighters $4,000
Service Employees Local 105 $3,100
AFSCME $3,000

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Political offices
Preceded by
Colorado House District 50
2005–July 2011
Succeeded by
Dave Young