B.J. Nikkel

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B.J. Nikkel
Colorado House of Representatives District 49
Former Member
In office
January 17, 2009-2013
Majority Caucus Whip, Colorado State House
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
Place of birthIndependence, MO
Office website
Personal website
B.J. Nikkel is a former Republican member of the Colorado House of Representatives, representing District 49 from her appointment on January 17, 2009 to 2013. She served as Majority Whip from 2010 to 2013. She formerly served as district director for Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave.

Nikkel has worked as senior development director for the National Guard Association of Colorado.


On her website Nikkel lists a number of her positions, including:[1]

  • FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY IN GOVERNMENT - "People should not be burdened with excessive taxation - and especially not during hard economic times. Nor should “fees” be added into legislation as a means of getting around TABOR. Fees which taxpayers must pay, should actually go towards services rendered by the department - not other unrelated 'programs.'"
  • FAMILY - "I will work to implement policies that keep families strong because families are the very foundation of society. I will also work to ensure that everyone enjoys life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness - for everyone from the unborn to to our senior citizens."
  • HEALTHCARE - "I do not support the President or Congress’ plan to nationalize healthcare." "Instead we need to work on tort reform to help with out of control lawsuits that need to be capped and we need to allow people to shop around, across state lines to get health care plans that fits their needs. Insurance companies should be able to provide coverage that is varied to fit the needs of people."
  • EDUCATION - "I believe in supporting public education as well as charter and home schools. Children are not all alike and it is important to tailor educational needs according to the individual needs of children."

District 49 Candidate: Republican Rep. B.J. Nikkel, 53, of Loveland Record: Entered a claim in 2001 to sue the Larimer County sheriff's office for $10 million, claiming it overcharged her son, Christopher, then 16, who was arrested on an attempted murder charge after striking a deputy in his car while fleeing a party. The charges were later reduced. Response: "We ultimately dropped (the claim). It was going to take an emotional toll on our son, and it wasn't worth putting him through that ordeal." Nikkel said that incident is one reason she has worked behind on the scenes at the Capitol on issues relating to charging juveniles with crimes. "If the kids don't want to plea bargain they try to charge them as an adult," she said. "I have first-hand experience on how that can be misused." Record: Named as a co-defendant in a civil wrongful death suit after Christopher's friend was killed in 2002 in a shooting accident at their home. Response: "It was unfortunate accident. The boy fell and shot himself accidentally. It was very tragic. The insurance company paid and it was a confidential agreement." Opponent: Democratic Karen Stockley, of Berthoud[2]

House Bill 1288

Representative Nikkel is sponsoring House Bill 1288, which is seeking to to create and maintain an online database that includes data of state revenues and expenditures.

Nikkel's other sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 09-1199 - Healthy Forests Vibrant Communities Act
  • HB 09-1288 - Colorado Taxpayer Transparency Act
  • HB 09-1290 - Student Financial Aid National Guard[3].


Nikkel and Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp are co-sponsoring the Healthcare Opportunity and Patient Empowerment (HOPE) bill.

The measure would authorize the state of Colorado to collaborate with other states to create an interstate compact opting out of federal laws regulating health care.[4]

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

B.J. Nikkel endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [5]

Committee assignments


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


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



See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2012

Nikkel did not seek re-election in 2012.


See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2010

Nikkel ran for re-election to the 49th District seat in 2010. She had no opposition in the August 10 primary. She defeated Karen Stockley (D) in the November 2 general election.

Colorado House of Representatives, District 49 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png B.J. Nikkel (R) 22,886
Karen Stockley (D) 15,124


On January 17, 2009, Nikkel was appointed to the 49th District seat of the Colorado House of Representatives.

Campaign donors


In 2010, Nikkel raised $52,968 in contributions.[6]

Her four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Colorado Association Of Realtors Small Donor Committee $4,250
Nikkel, B J $1,733
Copic Insurance Small Donor Committee $1,000
Colorado Medical Society $1,000

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Nikkel and her husband Phil have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Colorado House District 49
January 2009–2013
Succeeded by
Perry Buck (R)