Amy Stephens

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Amy Stephens
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Colorado House of Representatives District 19
Incumbent
In office
January 9, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 14, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Majority Leader, Colorado State House of Representatives
2010-2013
Compensation
Base salary$30,000/year
Per diem$45/day in Denver area, $183/day outside
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
Prior offices
Colorado House of Representatives District 20
2007-2013
Education
Bachelor'sCalifornia State University, Fullerton, 1980
Personal
ProfessionDirector/Founder, Fresh Ideas Communication and Consulting
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Amy Stephens is a Republican member of the Colorado House of Representatives, representing District 19. She was first elected to the chamber in 2006. She has served as State House Majority Leader.

Stephens was a 2014 Republican candidate for U.S. Senate from Colorado. However, she dropped her bid when U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner announced his entry into the race.[1][2]

Biography

Stephens' professional experience includes working as the Director and Founder of Fresh Ideas Communication and Consulting and as a Public Policy/Youth Culture Specialist for Focus on the Family from 1991-2001.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Colorado Committee Assignments, 2013
Health, Insurance and Environment
Public Health Care and Human Services

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

HB 10-1193

Stephens has been a primary opponent to HB 10-1193, which requires internet retailers of a certain size outside of Colorado to provide total sales receipt information to the Colorado Department of Revenue. [3]

Stephens's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 09-1146 - Proof Of Citizenship To Register To Vote
  • HB 09-1157 - Makes BZP A Schedule I Narcotic
  • HB 09-1288 - Colorado Taxpayer Transparency Act

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

Campaign themes

2012

Stephens's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[4]

  • Jobs, Economy, and Small Business
Excerpt: "Majority Leader Stephens stands for freedom and economic growth"
  • Leadership
Excerpt: "Majority Leader Amy Stephens fought to win the Republican majority that will limit government and protect our liberty!"
  • Second Amendment
Excerpt: "We have a God-given rights to life, liberty, and property, and government exists to protect those rights. A bold, conservative leader, Majority Leader Amy Stephens leads the fight to protect your rights, safety, and security. Majority Leader Stephens is proud to have been endorsed by the NRA"
  • States Rights
Excerpt: "Majority Leader Amy Stephens fundamentally believes that Coloradans know best how to handle issues that impact our communities. Local control is a fundamental pillar of our Constitution and should always been defended."
  • Family Values, Life and Civil Unions
Excerpt: "Stephens believes in traditional marriage and does not support Civil Unions"

Political courage tests

Stephens 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.[5]

Elections

2014

See also: United States Senate elections in Colorado, 2014

Stephens was a candidate in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Colorado. Stephens dropped her bid when Cory Gardner announced his entry into the race. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Endorsements

Stephens received the endorsement of former lieutenant governor Jane Norton.[6]

2012

See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2012

Stephens won re-election in the 2012 election for the Colorado House of Representatives, District 19. Redistricting moved her into the 19th District where she defeated the current incumbent Marsha Looper in the Republican primary on June 26, 2012.

Colorado House of Representatives, District 19, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAmy Stephens Incumbent 82.3% 33,606
     Libertarian Alan MacGregor Bassett 11.6% 4,735
     American Constitution Party Timothy Shawn Biolchini 6.1% 2,503
Total Votes 40,844
Colorado House of Representatives, District 19 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAmy Stephens Incumbent 59.5% 7,458
Marsha Looper Incumbent 40.5% 5,068
Total Votes 12,526

This pairing caused some tension in the Statehouse as Looper co-sponsored a bill repealing the act that established the Colorado Health Care Benefits Exchange, which Stephens sponsored in 2011; Stephens labeled this move as "political posturing," while Looper sought to associate the Exchange program with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- commonly known simply as 'the health care law' or, more pejoratively, 'Obamacare'.[7] She defeated Timothy Shawn Biolchini (C) and Alan MacGregor Bassett (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[8][9]

2010

See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2010

Stephens ran for re-election to the 20th District seat in 2010. She had no opposition. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

2008

On November 4, 2008, Stephens won re-election to the 20th District seat in the Colorado House of Representatives, defeating opponent Jan Hejtmanek (D).[10]

Stephens raised $33,770 for her campaign, while Hejtmanek raised $7,246.[11]

Colorado State House, District 20 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Amy Stephens (R) 38,555
Jan Hejtmanek (D) 12,107

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Stephens is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Stephens raised a total of $176,053 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 29, 2013.[12]

Amy Stephens's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Colorado State House, District 19 Won $92,673
2010 Colorado State House, District 20 Won $20,858
2008 Colorado State House, District 20 Won $33,770
2006 Colorado State House, District 20 Won $28,752
Grand Total Raised $176,053

Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Stephens' reports.

Amy Stephens (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[13]January 30, 2014$1$51,654$(3,462)$48,192
Running totals
$51,654$(3,462)

2012

Stephens won election to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Stephens raised a total of $92,673.
Colorado House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Amy Stephens's campaign in 2012
Cmte To Re-elect Representative Amy Stephens$34,284
Colorado Association Of Realtors$4,900
Colorado Medical Society$1,400
Colorado Chiropractic Association$1,000
Colorado & Wyoming Petroleum Marketers Association$600
Total Raised in 2012$92,673
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Stephens won re-election to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Stephens raised a total of $20,858.

2008

Stephens won re-election to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Stephens raised a total of $33,770.

2006

Stephens won election to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Stephens raised a total of $28,752.

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the 69th Colorado General Assembly was in session from January 8 to May 7.[14]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills ACLU of Colorado "felt were the best representations of the civil liberties issues facing Colorado today."
Legislators are scored on their stances on animal protection issues.
Legislators are scored on their stances on "women's priorities in the state of Colorado."

2013

In 2013, the 69th Colorado General Assembly was in session from January 9 to May 9.[15]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills ACLU of Colorado "felt were the best representations of the civil liberties issues facing Colorado today."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by ACS CAN.
Legislators are scored on their stances on animal protection issues.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to environmental conservation.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills defined by LT as related to "principles of good governance."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "support of reproductive health."
Legislators are scored on their stances on "women's priorities in the state of Colorado."

Personal

Stephens is a member of Focus on the Family, Pikes Peak Leadership Program and the Reducing Adolescent Pregnancy Coalition.[16]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Marsha Looper (R)
Colorado House District 19
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Colorado House District 20
2007–2013
Succeeded by
Bob Gardner (R)