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Wesley McKinley
Colorado House of Representatives District 64
Former member
In office
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sAdjunct Professor
Personal website
Wesley McKinley is a former Democratic member of the Colorado House of Representatives, representing District 64 from 2005 to 2013.


McKinley's professional experience includes working as an author and rancher.[1]

Committee assignments


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


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


McKinley did not provide 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.[2]

Land easements

Kevin J. Grantham and McKinley said Colorado backed out of deals it made with some landowners on much-debated conservation easements. In December 2010, McKinley started taking steps that he said would make the state keep its end of the bargain.

“If they make the deal, they should honor the deal they made,” said Rep. McKinley.

The deals were conservation easements granted on property by a landowner to limit or prevent future commercial or residential development on the land. In exchange, the Colorado government granted the landowner, typically a farmer or rancher, a tax credit based on the land’s value.

Recently, the state called into question the value of some conservation easements and was not honoring the tax credits, McKinley argued.

“They’ve been demanding interest, fees and penalties on easements that they now say they won’t be honoring,” he sad. “The state is saying that the lands were overvalued.”[3]

McKinley's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 09-1253 - Defendants With Mental Illnes
  • HB 09-1288 - Colorado Taxpayer Transparency Act
  • HB 09-1317 - No State Lands To Expand Pinon Canyon
  • HB 10-1160 - Perpetual Conservation Easement for which Tax Credit is Claimed [4]

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



See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2012

McKinley was unable to seek re-election in 2012 due to term limits.


See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2010

McKinley ran for re-election to the 64th District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the August 10 primary. He defeated Lisa Grace Kellogg (R) in the November 2 general election.

Colorado House of Representatives, District 64 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Wesley McKinley (D) 11,144
Lisa Grace Kellogg (R) 10,542


On November 4, 2008, McKinley won re-election to the 64th District seat in the Colorado House of Representatives, defeating opponent Ken Torres (R).[5]

McKinley raised $39,105 for his campaign, while Torres raised $11,319.[6]

Colorado State House, District 64 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Wesley McKinley (D) 15,514
Ken Torres (R) 10,863

Campaign donors


In 2010, McKinley raised $27,745 in contributions.[7]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Colorado Education Association $4,250
Colorado Rural Electric Association $2,525
Copic Insurance Small Donor Committee $2,000
Service Employees International Local 105 $1,000


Below are McKinley's top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[8]

Contributor 2008 total
CO Education Assoc $4,250
Food & Commercial Workers Local 7 $4,250
CO Professional Fire Fighters $4,000
CO Democratic Party House Majority Project $2,000
Sheet Metal Workers Local 9 $1,000

Legislative scorecard

In 2010 McKinley was the top ranking Democrat with the Colorado Union of Taxpayers, a conservative tax watchdog organization.[9]


Sexual-harassment allegation

In May 2010, a Colorado news website reported that a lobbyist had filed a sexual-harassment complaint against McKinley with House leadership over a 2007 incident in Denver.[10] The website reported in September 2010 that the complaint had been resolved, with House Speaker Terrance Carroll, D-Denver, sending McKinley a confidential letter ordering him to complete private sexual-harassment classes after an independent investigator found the lobbyist's allegations "credible."[11] Citing confidentiality rules governing sexual-harassment complaints in the General Assembly, Carroll has declined to confirm or deny the letter of admonition.[12]

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Preceded by
Colorado House District 64
Succeeded by
Timothy Dore (R)