Joseph Salazar

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Joseph Salazar
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Colorado House of Representatives, District 31
Incumbent
In office
January 9, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 14, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$30,000/year
Per diem$45/day in Denver area, $183/day outside
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Websites
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Campaign website
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Joseph A. Salazar is a Democratic member of the Colorado House of Representatives, representing District 31. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Salazar served on the following committees:

Colorado Committee Assignments, 2013
State, Veterans, and Military Affairs, Vice Chair
Judiciary

Elections

2014

See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Colorado House of Representatives 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 Joseph A. Salazar was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Carol "Jody" Beckler was unopposed in the Republican primary. Beckler was defeated by Salazar in the general election.[1][2][3][4]

Colorado House of Representatives, District 31, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph A. Salazar Incumbent 50.5% 11,501
     Republican Carol "Jody" Beckler 49.5% 11,280
Total Votes 22,781

2012

See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2012

Salazar won election in the 2012 election for Colorado House of Representatives District 31. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 26, 2012. He defeated Beth Humenik (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5]

Colorado House of Representatives, District 31, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph A. Salazar 60.4% 18,800
     Republican Beth Humenik 39.6% 12,301
Total Votes 31,101

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Salazar is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Salazar raised a total of $54,164 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 29, 2013.[6]

Joseph Salazar's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Colorado State House, District 30 Won $54,164
Grand Total Raised $54,164

2012

Salazar won election to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Salazar raised a total of $54,164.
Colorado House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Joseph Salazar's campaign in 2012
Colorado Democratic Party$7,983
Colorado Professional Fire Fighters$4,250
Food & Commercial Workers Local 7$2,500
Service Employees Local 105$2,250
Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Small Donor Cmte (CTLA)$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$54,164
Source:Follow the Money

Scorecards

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2014

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

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills ACLU of Colorado "felt were the best representations of the civil liberties issues facing Colorado today."
Legislators are scored on their votes on "tax, spending, or government intrusion votes."
Legislators are scored on their stances on animal protection issues.
Legislators are scored on their stances on "women's priorities in the state of Colorado."

2013

In 2013, the 69th Colorado General Assembly was in session from January 9 to May 9.[8]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills ACLU of Colorado "felt were the best representations of the civil liberties issues facing Colorado today."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by ACS CAN.
Legislators are scored on their votes on "tax, spending, or government intrusion votes."
Legislators are scored on their stances on animal protection issues.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to environmental conservation.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills defined by LT as related to "principles of good governance."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "support of reproductive health."
Legislators are scored on their stances on "women's priorities in the state of Colorado."

Endorsements

2012

In 2012, Salazar's endorsements included the following:[9]

Controversy

Rape Comments

Salazar came under fire for comments made on February 15, 2013, during a debate over gun control in the Colorado House of Representatives. He made the following remarks on House Bill 1226:

"“That’s why we have call boxes, that’s why we have safe zones, that’s why we have whistles, because you just don’t know who you’re going to be shooting at, and you don’t know, if you feel like you’re going to be raped, or if you feel like someone’s been following you around, or if you feel like you’re in trouble, and when you may actually not be, that you pop out that gun and you pop around that somebody."[10]

This statement drew severe criticism from across the aisle, with fellow Representative Polly Lawrence claiming on Twitter “Rep. Salazar says women may not know when they’re being raped. …” Salazar apologized on February 19: "I’m sorry if I offended anyone. That was absolutely not my intention. We were having a public policy debate on whether or not guns makes people safer on campus. I don’t believe they do. That was the point I was trying to make. If anyone thinks I’m not sensitive to the dangers women face, they’re wrong."[11]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Judith Anne Solano (D)
Colorado House of Representatives District 31
2013–present
Succeeded by
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