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Karen Middleton

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Karen Middleton
Colorado House of Representatives District 42
Former member
Term in office began
Term in office ended
Political party Democratic
Profession Legislator
Karen Middleton is a former Democratic member of the Colorado House of Representatives, representing District 42 from 2009 to 2011.

Middleton represented the 7th Congressional District on the Colorado State Board of Education from 2004 to 2008.[1]

Committee assignments


Middleton provided 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. When asked her legislative priorities she stated, "My top priorities are education, health care and the economy. In the coming session, I want us to work on solving our transportation needs as well."[2]

Colorado Senate Bill 57

As a member of the Colorado House Education Committee, Middleton voted against Colorado Senate Bill 57, also known as the Public School Financial Transparency Act, a bill to create transparency in state education expenditures. Middleton received substantial campaign contributions from the Colorado Education Association, which lobbied against the bill's passage.[3]

Middleton's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 09-1075 - DOHS Criminal Prohibitions To Employment
  • HB 09-1199 - Healthy Forests Vibrant Communities Act
  • HB 09-1299 - National Popular Vote Agreement

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.



See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2010

Middleton ran for re-election to the 42nd District seat in 2010 but withdrew from the race prior to the August 10 primary election to pursue another job. On Aug. 7, a Democratic Party vacancy committee named Rhonda Fields as Middleton's replacement. Fields, a United Airlines employee, went on to win the Nov. 2 general election against Republican Sally Mounier.

Fields came to prominence in 2005 after her son and his fiancee were shot to death on June 20 of that year, less than a week before her son had planned to testify as a key witness in the murder of his best friend.


On November 4, 2008, Middleton won election to the 42nd District seat in the Colorado House of Representatives, defeating opponents George P. Carouthers (R) and James Frye (Lib).[4]

Middleton raised $41,646 for her campaign, while Carouthers raised $1,602 and Frye raised $2,550.[5]

Colorado State House, District 42 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Karen Middleton (D) 11,870
George P. Carouthers (R) 4,395
James Frye (Lib) 1,207

Campaign donors


Below are Middleton's top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[6]

Contributor 2008 total
Food & Commercial Workers Local 7 $4,250
CO Education Assoc $2,125
CO Professional Fire Fighters $2,000
CO Assoc of Realtors $1,500
CO Federation of Teachers $1,000

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Preceded by
Colorado House District 42
Succeeded by
Rhonda Fields