Rollie Heath

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Rollie Heath
Colorado State Senate, District 18
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2017
Years in position 5
State Senate Majority Caucus Leader
October 2013-Present
Base salary$30,000/year
Per diem$45/day in Denver area, $183/day outside
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits8 years
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin
J.D.University of Wisconsin, 1961
Place of birthBaltimore, MD
Office website
Personal website
Rollie Heath (b. December 28, 1937) is a Democratic member of the Colorado State Senate, representing District 18. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Heath currently serves as State Senate Majority Caucus Leader, a position he has held since October 2013.


Heath earned his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin in 1959 and his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1961. His professional experience includes working as President of the International Corporation and Building Materials Corporation, Director and Vice President of ARMCO Steel from 1970 to 1973, Senior Vice President of Johns Manville Corporation from 1973 to 1990, Owner/Founder of Ponderosa Industries from 1988 to 2001 and Teacher of "Humanizing the Negotiating Process" at Leeds School of Business. He served as Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army and United States Army Reserves from 1961 to 1983.

Committee assignments


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

Colorado Committee Assignments, 2013
Transportation, Chair
Business, Labor and Technology


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


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


Tax increases for education

In early August, Senator Heath submitted signatures for an initiative to increase taxes in Colorado for education funding. The measure would increase the sales tax from 2.9% to 3% for the next five years, and it would also increase the income tax to 5% from 4.63% for five years. The increases would generate an estimated $3 billion in revenue for education.[1]



See also: Colorado State Senate elections, 2012

Heath won re-election in the 2012 election for Colorado State Senate District 18. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 26, 2012. He defeated Barry Thoma (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2]

Colorado State Senate, District 18, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRollie Heath Incumbent 78.3% 66,619
     Republican Barry P. Thoma 21.7% 18,427
Total Votes 85,046


On November 4, 2008, Heath was elected to the 18th District Seat in the Colorado State Senate, running unopposed in the general election.[3]

Heath raised $102,062 for his campaign.[4]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Heath is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Heath raised a total of $1,215,633 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[5]

Rollie Heath's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Colorado State Senate, District 18 Won $44,795
2010 Colorado State Senate, District 18 Not up for election $6,545
2008 Colorado State Senate, District 18 Won $102,062
2002 Colorado Lieutenant Governor Defeated $1,062,231
Grand Total Raised $1,215,633


Heath won re-election to the Colorado State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Heath raised a total of $44,795.
Colorado State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Rollie Heath's campaign in 2012
Colorado Professional Fire Fighters$2,000
Afscme Council 76$2,000
Colorado State Conference Of Electrical Workers Small Donor Cmte$1,000
Colorado Association Of Realtors$700
Colorado Education Association$500
Total Raised in 2012$44,795
Source:Follow the Money


Heath was not up for election to the Colorado State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Heath raised a total of $6,545.


Heath won election to the Colorado State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Heath raised a total of $102,062.


Heath lost the election for the Colorado Lieutenant Governor in 2002. During that election cycle, Heath raised a total of $1,062,231.


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In 2014, the 69th Colorado General Assembly was in session from January 8 to May 7.[6]


In 2013, the 69th Colorado General Assembly was in session from January 9 to May 9.[7]


Heath and his wife, Josie, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ron Tupa (D)
Colorado State Senate - District 18
Succeeded by