Rachel Zenzinger

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Rachel Zenzinger
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Colorado State Senate, District 19
Former member
In office
December 13, 2013-2015
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Mayor Pro Tem., Arvada, Colorado
2011-2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Arvada City Council
2009-2013
Education
Bachelor'sRegis University (1998)
Master'sRegis University (2001)
Personal
ReligionCatholic
Websites
[chamber=senate Office website]
Campaign website
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Rachel Zenzinger is a former Democratic member of the Colorado State Senate, representing District 19 from December 13, 2013, to 2015. She was first appointed to the chamber by a Democratic Nominating Committee on December 13, 2013, to fill the vacancy caused when Evie Hudak (D) resigned during her recall. Zenzinger was Hudak's campaign manager in 2012.[1]

Zenzinger served on the Arvada, Colorado City Council from 2009 to 2013 and as Mayor Pro Tem. from 2011 to 2013.[2]

Biography

Zenzinger earned her B.A. in Education and her M.A. in Adult Education from Regis University in 1998 and 2001, respectively. Her professional experience includes working as the Program Coordinator for the Master of Arts in Education Program at Regis University, Secretary/Board Member for the Denver Regional Council of Governments, Community/Donor Relations for Catholic Charities Denver, Coordinator of the Expelled Program for Vantage Point Campus and Assistant Director of Alumni and Parent Programs at Regis University.[3]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

Following her appointment, Zenzinger served on the following committees:

Colorado Committee Assignments, 2013
Education
Local Government

Issues

Zenzinger has sponsored the following legislation:[4]

Campaign themes

2014

Zenzinger's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[5]

As a member of the Senate in its 69th session, we generally focused on jobs and the economy, making college affordable, and creating a balanced budget. I participated in those efforts, while also narrowing my focus to education, economic development, and the elderly—also known as my Three E’s.[6]

Elections

2014

See also: Colorado State Senate elections, 2014
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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. Incumbent Rachel Zenzinger was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Laura J. Woods defeated Lang Sias in the Republican primary. Woods defeated Zenzinger and Gregg Miller (L) in the general election.[7][8][9][10]

This race was picked by analysts as one of two that were important for the control of the Colorado State Senate. The Democrats held the smallest possible majority in the chamber at one seat following the successful 2013 recalls of Senate President John Morse (D) and Angela Giron (D) and later resignation of Evie Hudak (D) after recall petitions were turned in against her. When Zenzinger, Hudak's former campaign manager, was first appointed, some conservatives argued that she would simply continue with Hudak's policies. "Sen. Hudak’s constituents were hungry for change and liberal activists served up more of the same. Zenzinger may have a different name, but she’s been behind Hudak’s policies. Anyone who thinks Zenzinger is going to stand up to her own Democrat majority is fooling themselves," said Kelly Maher of the conservative group Compass Colorado.[11]

Jefferson County, where this seat is located, was considered by some to be "the epicenter of Colorado politics." Because of Zenzinger's relationship to Hudak, she was considered vulnerable to a Republican challenge.[12] According to Chalkbeat, Zenzinger holds a "substantial fundraising lead" over Woods.[13]

Colorado State Senate, District 19, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLaura J. Woods 47.6% 29,907
     Democratic Rachel Zenzinger Incumbent 46.6% 29,244
     Libertarian Gregg Miller 5.8% 3,664
Total Votes 62,815
Colorado State Senate District 19 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLaura J. Woods 55.4% 6,813
Lang Sias 44.6% 5,484
Total Votes 12,297

Endorsements

2014

In 2014, Zenzinger's endorsements included the following:[14]

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the 69th Colorado General Assembly was in session from January 8 to May 7.[15]

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.[16]

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."

Personal

Zenzinger has two children.[3] She received the 2012 "Woman of the Year" award from Northwest Metro Business & Professional Women.[17]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Evie Hudak (D)
Colorado State Senate District 19
December 2013-2015
Succeeded by
Laura J. Woods (R)