Michael McLachlan (Colorado)

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Michael McLachlan
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Colorado House of Representatives District 59
In office
January 9, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 14, 2015
Years in position 1
Base salary$30,000/year
Per diem$45/day in Denver area, $183/day outside
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Campaign website
Michael "Mike" McLachlan is a Democratic member of the Colorado House of Representatives, representing District 59. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, McLachlan served on the following committees:

Colorado Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources



See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Colorado House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 24, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 31, 2014. Incumbent Michael McLachlan was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while J. Paul Brown was unopposed in the Republican primary. McLachlan will face Brown in the general election.[1][2]


See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2012

McLachlan won election in the 2012 election for Colorado House of Representatives District 59. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 26, 2012. He defeated incumbent J. Paul Brown (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3]

Colorado House of Representatives, District 59, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike McLachlan 51.1% 21,632
     Republican J. Paul Brown Incumbent 48.9% 20,715
Total Votes 42,347

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for McLachlan is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, McLachlan raised a total of $149,323 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 30, 2013.[4]

Michael McLachlan's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Colorado State House, District 59 Won $149,323
Grand Total Raised $149,323


McLachlan won election to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, McLachlan raised a total of $149,323.
Colorado House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Michael McLachlan (Colorado)'s campaign in 2012
Colorado Democratic Party$12,515
Colorado State Conference Of Electrical Workers Small Donor Cmte$4,500
Colorado Education Association$4,500
Colorado Professional Fire Fighters$4,250
Colorado Wins Sdc$3,650
Total Raised in 2012$149,323
Source:Follow the Money


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In 2014, the 69th Colorado General Assembly was in session from January 8 to May 7.[5]


In 2013, the 69th Colorado General Assembly was in session from January 9 to May 9.[6]


Recall efforts

See also: Michael McLachlan recall, Colorado House of Representatives (2013)

Following McLachlan's votes in favor of several pieces of gun control legislation, the conservative group Colorado Accountability filed recall paperwork with the Colorado Secretary of State on March 5, 2013. Supporters of the recall needed to collect 10,586 valid signatures by May 7 to force a recall election, but did not submit any signatures by the deadline.[7][8]

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Political offices
Preceded by
J. Paul Brown (R)
Colorado House of Representatives District 59
Succeeded by