|Colorado House of Representatives District 42|
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Middleton represented the 7th Congressional District on the Colorado State Board of Education from 2004 to 2008.
- Business Affairs and Labor Committee
- Business Affairs and Labor
- Education Committee
- Legislative Council
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."
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.
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.
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.
Middleton raised $41,646 for her campaign, while Carouthers raised $1,602 and Frye raised $2,550.
|Colorado State House, District 42 (2008)|
|Karen Middleton (D)||11,870|
|George P. Carouthers (R)||4,395|
|James Frye (Lib)||1,207|
Below are Middleton's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:
|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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- Karen Middleton's personal website
- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2002
- Karen Middleton on Facebook
- Karen Middleton on Twitter
- Karen Middleton on LinkedIn
- Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed December 11, 2014
- Project Vote Smart, "Issue positions," accessed December 11, 2014
- Independence Institute blog, The House Education Committee, March 18, 2009
- 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 contributions," accessed November 20, 2014
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