|Colorado House of Representatives District 49|
|January 17, 2009-2013|
|Majority Caucus Whip, Colorado State House|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Place of birth||Independence, MO|
Nikkel's professional experience includes working as District Director for Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave and Senior Development Director for the National Guard Association of Colorado.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Nikkel served on these committees:
- Congressional Redistricting
- Judiciary Committee, Colorado House of Representatives
- Legislative Council Committee, Colorado General Assembly
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Nikkel served on these committees:
- Health and Human Services Committee
- Health and Human Services
- State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee
- State Veterans, and Military Affairs
On her website Nikkel listed a number of her positions, including:
- FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY IN GOVERNMENT - "People should not be burdened with excessive taxation - and especially not during hard economic times. Nor should “fees” be added into legislation as a means of getting around TABOR. Fees which taxpayers must pay, should actually go towards services rendered by the department - not other unrelated 'programs.'"
- FAMILY - "I will work to implement policies that keep families strong because families are the very foundation of society. I will also work to ensure that everyone enjoys life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness - for everyone from the unborn to to our senior citizens."
- HEALTHCARE - "I do not support the President or Congress’ plan to nationalize healthcare." "Instead we need to work on tort reform to help with out of control lawsuits that need to be capped and we need to allow people to shop around, across state lines to get health care plans that fits their needs. Insurance companies should be able to provide coverage that is varied to fit the needs of people."
- EDUCATION - "I believe in supporting public education as well as charter and home schools. Children are not all alike and it is important to tailor educational needs according to the individual needs of children."
Nikkel and Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp are co-sponsored the Healthcare Opportunity and Patient Empowerment (HOPE) bill.
The measure would have authorized the state of Colorado to collaborate with other states to create an interstate compact opting out of federal laws regulating health care.
Representative Nikkel sponsorsed House Bill 1288, which sought to create and maintain an online database that includes data of state revenues and expenditures.
Nikkel's other sponsored legislation includes:
- HB 09-1199 - Healthy Forests Vibrant Communities Act
- HB 09-1288 - Colorado Taxpayer Transparency Act
- HB 09-1290 - Student Financial Aid National Guard.
B.J. Nikkel endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.
Nikkel did not seek re-election in 2012.
Nikkel ran for re-election to the 49th District seat in 2010. She had no opposition in the August 10 primary. She defeated Karen Stockley (D) in the November 2 general election.
|Colorado House of Representatives, District 49 General election (2010)|
|B.J. Nikkel (R)||22,886|
|Karen Stockley (D)||15,124|
In 2010, Nikkel raised $52,968 in contributions.
Her four largest contributors were:
|Colorado Association Of Realtors Small Donor Committee||$4,250|
|Nikkel, B J||$1,733|
|Copic Insurance Small Donor Committee||$1,000|
|Colorado Medical Society||$1,000|
Nikkel and her husband, Phil, have two children.
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|Colorado House District 49
| Succeeded by|
Perry Buck (R)