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Kenneth Summers
Colorado House of Representatives District 22
Former member
In office
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Northern Colorado, 1976
Master'sRegis University, 2005
Date of birthOctober 12, 1953
Place of birthDenver, CO
ProfessionExecutive Director, Teen Challenge of the Rocky Mountains
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Kenneth Summers is a former Republican member of the Colorado House of Representatives, representing District 22 from 2007 to 2013.


Summers' professional experience includes working as Executive Director of Teen Challenge of the Rocky Mountains and Senior Pastor of the Dakota Ridge Assembly and High Plains Christian Center.

He is a member of the Governor's Interagency Council for Homelessness.[1]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Summers served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Summers served on these committees:


Summers 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 his legislative priorities he replied:

"Base level funding for higher education.

Budget reform that addresses current conflicts and restraints of constitutional provisions, including making transportation a higher priority within the state budget structure.

Balanced energy policy that promotes repsponsible energy development in the state without creating onerous regulations and additional taxation at the same time."[2]

Colorado Senate Bill 57

As a member of the Colorado House Education Committee, Summers voted in support of Colorado Senate Bill 57, also known as the Public School Financial Transparency Act, a bill to create transparency in state education expenditures.

Summers's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 09-1214 - School District Reporting Requirements
  • HB 09-1285 - Government Data Sharing
  • HB 09-1288 - Colorado Taxpayer Transparency Act
  • SB 10-191 - Quality Instruction Through Educator Effectiveness [3]

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

Campaign themes

Summers's website highlights the following campaign themes:[4]

Limited government

  • Excerpt:"Ken believes Governmental policies should support promote business and economic development. Personal and business freedoms should be protected from undue governmental regulations."

Keeping taxes low

  • Excerpt:"Keeping more money in taxpayers’pockets provides greater control over their financial well being."

Valuing life and constitutional freedoms

  • Excerpt:"It is important to value life from the womb to the grave. Our constitutional freedoms must be protected through adhering to the original intent of our foundational document."

Promoting Free Enterprise

  • Excerpt:"Personal initiative and the drive for success and innovation is promoted through the free enterprise system."

Quality Education

  • Excerpt:"Graduation rates must be improved through defined standards, accountability and equipping students for success in the work force and higher education."



See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2012

Redistricting has drawn Summers into the same senate and house legislative district as two other incumbents of the state house, Max Tyler and Andrew Kerr. As a result, both Summers and Kerr chose to run in the 2012 election for Colorado State Senate District 22. Summers faced no primary challenge and was defeated by Kerr in the general election.[5]

Colorado State Senate, District 22, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAndy Kerr 52.6% 38,845
     Republican Ken Summers 47.4% 35,008
Total Votes 73,853


See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2010

Summers ran for re-election to the 22nd District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the August 10 primary. Summers defeated Chris Radeff (D) in the November 2 general election.

Colorado House of Representatives, District 22 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kenneth Summers (R) 16,702
Chris Radeff (D) 11,086


On November 4, 2008, Summers won re-election to the 22nd District seat in the Colorado House of Representatives, defeating opponent Camille Ryckman (D).[6]

Summers raised $45,948 for his campaign, while Ryckman raised $41,078.[7]

Colorado State House, District 22 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kenneth Summers (R) 19,107
Camille Ryckman (D) 15,922

Campaign donors


In 2010, Summers raised $37,997 in contributions.[8]

His three largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Copic Insurance Small Donor Committee $2,000
Jefferson County Republican: $1,305
Colorado Association Of Realtors Small Donor Committee $1,000


Below are Summers's top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[9]

Contributor 2008 total
CO Assoc of Realtors $1,500
Farmers Insurance Group $400
CO Assoc of Commerce & Industry $400
Don Summers $400
CO Medical Society $400

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Preceded by
Colorado House District 22
Succeeded by
Justin Everett (R)