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Lang Sias
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Colorado House of Representatives, District 27
Incumbent
In office
February 4, 2015
Years in position 0
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
AppointedJanuary 31, 2015
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
Education
Bachelor'sVassar College
Master'sLondon School of Economics
J.D.Michigan Law School
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Lang Sias is a Republican member of the Colorado House of Representatives, representing District 27. He was first appointed to the chamber by a vote of a vacancy committee on January 31, 2015, following the appointment of previous incumbent Libby Szabo (R) to a county board of commissioners.[1]

Sias was a 2012 and 2014 Republican candidate for District 19 of the Colorado State Senate.

Biography

Sias earned his B.A. from Vassar College, his M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and his J.D. from the Michigan Law School.[2]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

After being sworn in, Sias was not assigned to a committee.

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.[3][4][5][6]

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.[7]

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.[8] According to Chalkbeat, Zenzinger holds a "substantial fundraising lead" over Woods.[9]

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

2012

See also: Colorado State Senate elections, 2012

Sias ran in the 2012 election for Colorado State Senate District 19. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 26, 2012. He was defeated by incumbent Evie Hudak (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[10]

Colorado State Senate, District 19, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEvie Hudak Incumbent 47% 35,664
     Republican Lang Sias 46.3% 35,080
     Libertarian Lloyd A. Sweeny 6.7% 5,104
Total Votes 75,848

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Endorsements

2014

Sias was endorsed by the Colorado Second Amendment Association.[11]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Libby Szabo (R)
Colorado House of Representatives District 27
Feb. 2015 - present
Succeeded by
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