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Michael Merrifield

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Michael Merrifield
Colorado House of Representatives District 18
Former member
Term in office began
Term in office ended
Political party Democratic
Profession Teacher (retired)
Michael Merrifield was a Democratic member of the Colorado House of Representatives, representing the 18th District from 2003 to 2011.

Merrifield is retied. He worked as a teacher and director of choirs at Coronado High School, and was a small business owner. He served on the Manitou Springs City Council from 1996-2000.[1]

Issue positions

Merrifield 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]

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.[3]

Committee assignments

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.



See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2010

Merrifield was ineligible to run for re-election to the 18th District seat due to the term limits of the Colorado House of Representatives.


On November 4, 2008, Merrifield won re-election to the 18th District seat in the Colorado House of Representatives, defeating opponent Katherine Szot (R).[4]

Merrifield raised $50,948 for his campaign, while Szot raised $429.[5]

Colorado State House, District 18 (2008)
Candidates Votes

Green check mark transparent.png Michael Merrifield (D) 17,231
Katherine Szot (R) 9,980

Campaign donors


Below are Merrifield's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[6]

Contributor 2008 total
CO Education Assoc $4,250
CO Professional Fire Fighters $4,000
Food & Commercial Workers Local 7 $4,000
AFSCME $3,000
CO State Conference of Electrical Workers $2,000

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Preceded by
Colorado House District 18
Succeeded by
Pete Lee