Sal Pace

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Sal Pace
Colorado House of Representatives District 46
Former member
In office
Minority Leader, Colorado State House of Representatives
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sFort Lewis College
Master'sLouisiana State University
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Sal Pace is a former Democratic member of the Colorado House of Representatives, representing District 46 from 2009 to 2013. He served as House Minority Leader from 2010 to 2012. He previously served as district office director for U.S. Congressman John Salazar. Pace was elected to the position of Pueblo County Commissioner on January 12, 2013.[1]

Pace ran for Congress in 2012 in the 3rd District, and lost to incumbent Scott Tipton.[2]


Pace earned his B.A. in political science from Fort Lewis College and his M.A. in American Political Theory from Louisiana State University. His professional experience includes working as

Pace is a former American Government professor at Pueblo Community College. He has also worked as adjunct professor for Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Committee assignments


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


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


Pace's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 09-1273 - Healthcare For Colorado
  • HB 09-1302 - Preference For Colorado Steel
  • HB 09-1317 - No State Lands To Expand Pinon Canyon

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

Campaign themes


Pace's campaign website listed the following issues:[3]

  • Jobs and the Economy
Excerpt: "I was raised in a family of small business owners. My father has owned a car repair shop for three decades, my mother owned a toy store, and several of my siblings are entrepreneurs - including a brother who owns a car repair shop on the Western Slope."
  • Medicare
Excerpt: "I adamantly oppose the Ryan Budget and its effort to privatize Medicare and convert it into a voucher program. Medicare is one of the best and most effective programs in this country, and I will do everything I can to protect it and the seniors who rely on it. If elected, I will make sure that insurance companies with large profits are not jacking up premiums on vulnerable customers."
  • Social Security
Excerpt: "I have a strong track record of advocating on behalf of older Americans. I truly believe we show who we are as a country by making sure those who paved the way before us live with dignity, with opportunity, without discrimination and with accessible benefits like social security that they’ve paid into their whole lives."
  • Tipton-Ryan Budget: Bad for Colorado
Excerpt: "Congressman Scott Tipton voted for and strongly defends the Ryan Budget. Tipton has voted twice for the budget that Newt Gingrich called "right-wing social engineering.""
  • Education
Excerpt: "To me, it’s simple: education means opportunity – opportunity for a good job, a better life for our kids, a healthier economy for us all. We need another Sputnik moment where we do more to invest in creating a brighter future for our next generation in order to ensure that we can never be defeated in the classroom."



See also: Colorado's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

Pace ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Colorado's 3rd District. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 26, 2012. He faced Gregory Gilman (L), incumbent Scott Tipton (R), Morgan West (I), Tisha Casida (I), and Jaime McMillan (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012, and lost to Scott Tipton.[4]

U.S. House, Colorado District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Sal Pace 41.1% 142,619
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott Tipton Incumbent 53.4% 185,291
     Libertarian Gregory Gilman 2.4% 8,212
     Independent Tisha Casida 3.2% 11,125
Total Votes 347,247
Source: Colorado Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2010

Pace ran for re-election to the 46th District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the August 10 primary. He defeated Steven Rodriguez (R) in the November 2 general election.

Colorado House of Representatives, District 46 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Sal Pace (D) 13,705
Steven Rodriguez (R) 6,111


On November 4, 2008, Pace won election to the 46th District seat in the Colorado House of Representatives, running unopposed in the general election.[5]

Pace raised $47,053 for his campaign.[6]

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Pace's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Pace did not win election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Pace's campaign committee raised a total of $1,953,913 and spent $1,953,038.[7]


In 2010, Pace raised $37,101 in contributions.[8]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Colorado Professional Fire Fighters $4,000
Pueblo County Teachers Association $2,125
Colorado State Conference Of Electrical Workers Small Donor Cmte $2,125
Colorado State Conference Of Electrical Workers $2,000


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

Contributor 2008 total
Food & Commercial Workers Local 7 $4,000
Colorado Professional Fire Fighters $4,000
Sal Pace $741
Laborers Local 578 $500
CO Education Assoc $500


Pace and his wife, Marlene, have two children.

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Preceded by
Colorado House District 46
Succeeded by
Leroy Garcia, Jr. (D)