|Colorado State Senate, District 11|
|January 7, 2015 - Present|
|January 8, 2019|
|Years in position||0|
|Base salary||$30,000 per year|
|Per diem||$45/day in Denver area, $183/day outside|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 4, 2014|
|Next general||November 6, 2018|
|Term limits||2 terms (8 years)|
|Colorado House of Representatives|
|Manitou Springs City Council|
|1996 to 2000|
Merrifield's professional experience includes working as a teacher and Director of Choirs at Coronado High School.
In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Merrifield served on the following committees:
|Colorado Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Education, Chair|
|• Transportation & Energy|
Colorado Senate Bill 57
As a member of the Colorado House Education Committee, Merrifield voted against Colorado Senate Bill 57]], also known as the Public School Financial Transparency Act, a bill to create transparency in state education expenditures. Merrifield received substantial campaign contributions from the Colorado Education Association, which lobbied against the bill's passage.
Merrifield's sponsored legislation includes:
- HB 09-1107 - HOA Limits On Energy Efficiency Measures
- HB 09-1312 - Renewable Energy Loans For Schools
- HB 09-1326 - Integrity Of Citizen-Initiated Petitions
For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.
Merrifield's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
Elections Reform Bill
- Excerpt: "There is a difference between having the 'right' to vote and the 'ability' to vote. Many who have the right to vote find casting a ballot needlessly impeded. A law that allows voters to vote at any one of a number of vote centers will increase voter participation, a net good. Moreover, many folks are by necessity living transient lives. Regardless of the economic demands on them, they should still be able to vote. Opponents of open elections are, in fact, interfering with the rights of the individual."
Defending Public Education
- Excerpt: "I will oppose any increase in high stakes testing. As a teacher, I believe in assessment of our students, but the reliance on standardized test scores and data as the sole measure of performance has gone much too far. I will also promote the mission of the newly formed State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education to help districts devise plans to help parents become their child’s first and best teacher. I will sponsor legislation to require play time and structured recess breaks, and I will support fully funded, public pre-school and full-day kindergarten. Finally, I will vigorously, passionately fight the corporate, for-profit agenda that perverts the diverse goals of public education."
Creating Jobs and Growing the Economy
- Excerpt: "As Senator, I intend to remain focused on creating opportunities for job growth and strengthening our local and state economy. I will push for tax and incentive programs to nurture and cultivate new small businesses and support existing small businesses. I will provide strong legislative support for the concept of Economic Gardening that has been brought forward by Rep. Pete Lee."
Oil and Gas Regulation
- Excerpt: "Right now, regulations from the Oil and Gas Commission are poorly enforced and do not protect our communities. The industry has grown so rapidly that no one has been able to keep up with the issues and there just are not enough inspectors. The industry must be forced to be open and honest with the public about what chemicals they are using in the fracking and oil extraction process, about how much water is consumed and about how many workers are actually benefitting from employment in the industry, and how much the Oil and Gas businesses should pay in taxes."
- 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. Michael Merrifield was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Bernie Herpin was unopposed in the Republican primary. Merrifield defeated Herpin and Norman Dawson (L) in the general election.
|Colorado State Senate, District 11, General Election, 2014|
|Republican||Bernie Herpin Incumbent||41.5%||14,978|
Merrifield was ineligible to run for re-election to the 18th District seat due to the term limits of the Colorado House of Representatives.
Merrifield raised $50,948 for his campaign, while Szot raised $429.
|Colorado State House, District 18 (2008)|
|Michael Merrifield (D)||17,231|
|Katherine Szot (R)||9,980|
Below are Merrifield's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:
|CO Education Assoc||$4,250|
|CO Professional Fire Fighters||$4,000|
|Food & Commercial Workers Local 7||$4,000|
|CO State Conference of Electrical Workers||$2,000|
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- Profile from the Colorado State Senate
- Official campaign website
- Michael Merrifield on Facebook
- Mike Merrifield on LinkedIn
- Profile from Open States
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000
- Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed April 29, 2014
- Independence Institute blog, The House Education Committee, March 18, 2009
- michaelmerrifield.org, "Issues," accessed September 29, 2014
- Colorado Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," accessed May 1, 2014
- Colorado Secretary of State, "Official primary election results," accessed June 25, 2014
- Colorado Secretary of State, "Official general election results," accessed December 5, 2014
- Colorado Secretary of State, "2008 General election results," accessed April 14, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Funds raised by 2008 House candidates," accessed April 14, 2014
- Follow the Money, "2008 Campaign contributions," accessed September 29, 2014
Bernie Herpin (R)
|Colorado State Senate - District 11
| Succeeded by|
|Colorado House District 18
| Succeeded by|