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}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''Colorado House of Representatives''' is the [[lower house]] of the [[Colorado General Assembly]] and meets at the Colorado State Capitol in [[Sunshinereview:Denver, Colorado|Denver]].  Sixty-five Members make up the lower chamber of the [[Colorado General Assembly]].  House members are limited to 4 consecutive terms in office as dictated per Colorado laws and serve two year terms limiting their time in office to a total of eight years. Each member represents an average of [[Population represented by state legislators|77,372 residents]], as of the 2010 Census.<ref>[http://2010.census.gov/news/pdf/apport2010_table4.pdf Population in 2010 of the American states]</ref> After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately [[Population represented by state legislators|66,173 residents]].<ref>[http://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t2/tables/tab01.pdf Population in 2000 of the American states]</ref>
 
}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''Colorado House of Representatives''' is the [[lower house]] of the [[Colorado General Assembly]] and meets at the Colorado State Capitol in [[Sunshinereview:Denver, Colorado|Denver]].  Sixty-five Members make up the lower chamber of the [[Colorado General Assembly]].  House members are limited to 4 consecutive terms in office as dictated per Colorado laws and serve two year terms limiting their time in office to a total of eight years. Each member represents an average of [[Population represented by state legislators|77,372 residents]], as of the 2010 Census.<ref>[http://2010.census.gov/news/pdf/apport2010_table4.pdf Population in 2010 of the American states]</ref> After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately [[Population represented by state legislators|66,173 residents]].<ref>[http://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t2/tables/tab01.pdf Population in 2000 of the American states]</ref>
  
As of December 2012, [[Colorado]] is one of 12 Democratic [[state government trifectas]].
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As of May 2013, [[Colorado]] is one of 12 Democratic [[state government trifectas]].
 
==Sessions==
 
==Sessions==
 
[[Article V, Colorado Constitution | Article V of the Colorado Constitution]] establishes when the [[Colorado General Assembly]], of which the House is a part, is to be in session.  Section 7 of Article V states that the Assembly is to convene its regular session no later than the second Wednesday of January of each year.  Regular sessions are not to exceed one hundred twenty calendar days.
 
[[Article V, Colorado Constitution | Article V of the Colorado Constitution]] establishes when the [[Colorado General Assembly]], of which the House is a part, is to be in session.  Section 7 of Article V states that the Assembly is to convene its regular session no later than the second Wednesday of January of each year.  Regular sessions are not to exceed one hundred twenty calendar days.

Revision as of 07:27, 13 May 2013

Colorado House of Representatives

Seal of Colorado.svg.png
General Information
Type:   Lower house
Term limits:   4 terms (8 years)
2014 session start:   January 9, 2013
Website:   Official House Page
Leadership
House Speaker:  Mark Ferrandino, (D)
Majority Leader:   Dickey Hullinghorst, (D)
Minority leader:   Mark Waller, (R)
Structure
Members:  65
   Democratic Party (

37)
Republican Party (

28)
Length of term:   2 years
Authority:   Art V, Colorado Constitution
Salary:   $30,000/year + per diem
Elections
Last Election:  November 6, 2012 (65 seats)
Next election:  November 4, 2014 (65 seats)
Redistricting:  Colorado Reapportionment Commission
The Colorado House of Representatives is the lower house of the Colorado General Assembly and meets at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. Sixty-five Members make up the lower chamber of the Colorado General Assembly. House members are limited to 4 consecutive terms in office as dictated per Colorado laws and serve two year terms limiting their time in office to a total of eight years. Each member represents an average of 77,372 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[1] After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately 66,173 residents.[2]

As of May 2013, Colorado is one of 12 Democratic state government trifectas.

Sessions

Article V of the Colorado Constitution establishes when the Colorado General Assembly, of which the House is a part, is to be in session. Section 7 of Article V states that the Assembly is to convene its regular session no later than the second Wednesday of January of each year. Regular sessions are not to exceed one hundred twenty calendar days.

Section 7 also states that the Governor of Colorado can convene special sessions of the General Assembly. Special sessions can also be convened by a two-thirds vote of the members of both legislative houses.

2013

See also: Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions

In 2013, the Legislature will be in session from January 9 through May 8.

Major issues

With Democrats gaining control of both legislative chambers and the governorship, major issues might be addressed at a fast pace. Democrats are expected to legalize civil unions for same-sex couples and lower the tuition rate for illegal immigrants who graduate from state high schools. Lawmakers will also address gun control, marijuana, education funding, and health care.[3]

2012

See also: Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions

In 2012, the House was in session from January 11 to May 9. A special session began May 14.[4]

2011

See also: Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions

In 2011, the House was in session from January 12 through May 11.

2010

See also: Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions

In 2010, the House of Representatives was in session from January 13th to May 12th.

Elections

2012

See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Colorado House of Representatives were held in Colorado on November 6, 2012. All 65 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was February 19, 2012. The primary election day was March 20, 2012.

Colorado state representatives are subject to term limits, and may not serve more than four two-year terms. In 2012, 9 state representatives were termed-out of office.

The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6 general election.

2010

See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2010

Elections for the office of Colorado State House were held in Colorado on November 2, 2010. State house seats in all 65 representative districts were on the ballot in 2010.

The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was May 27, 2010, and the primary election day was August 10, 2010.

In 2010, the candidates running for the house raised a total of $5,062,910 in campaign funds. Their top 10 contributors were: [5]

Qualifications

Article 5, Section 4 of the Colorado Constitution states: No person shall be a representative or senator who shall not have attained the age of twenty­-five years, who shall not be a citizen of the United States, who shall not for at least twelve months next preceding his election, have resided within the territory included in the limits of the county or district in which he shall be chosen; provided, that any person who at the time of the adoption of this constitution, was a qualified elector under the territorial laws, shall be eligible to the first general assembly.

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures
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If there is a vacancy in the House, the political party that last held the seat is responsible for selecting a replacement[6]. A vacancy committee consisting of members representing the political party holding the vacant seat must conduct an election to appoint a replacement. The person selected to fill the vacant seat must be approved by a majority of the members in the vacancy committee. The person who is selected to fill the vacancy remains in the seat until the next scheduled general election[7].

Redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Colorado

Although the state legislature is responsible for drawing Congressional districts, the Colorado Reapportionment Commission is responsible for drawing state legislative districts. The Commission is comprised of four members appointed by the General Assembly, three appointed by the governor, and four appointed by the Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice.[8]

2010

Colorado's population increased from 4.30 million to 5.03 million between 2000 and 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.[9] Much of the state's 16.9 percent growth occurred in the I-25 corridor, on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. Roughly half of the state's population increase was a result of Hispanic population growth. The Colorado Springs area and the southern Denver suburbs experienced the highest rates of population increase. Despite the fast rate of growth, Colorado did not gain another Congressional seat as a result of the new U.S. Census numbers.[10]

The Colorado Reapportionment Commission, which review plans drafted by both Republicans and Democrats, selected a Democratic plan for the new state legislative districts. Both parties filed lawsuits, and the Colorado Supreme Court rejected the plan. Subsequently, the Commission submitted a new reapportionment plan, also drawn by Democrats. This plan received the Supreme Court's approval.[11][12]

Representatives

Partisan composition

See also: Partisan composition of state houses
Party As of April 2014
     Democratic Party 37
     Republican Party 28
Total 65


Leadership

The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body.[13]

Current leadership

Current Leadership, Colorado House of Representatives
Office Representative Party
State Speaker of the House Mark Ferrandino Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Speaker Pro Tempore Claire Levy Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Majority Leader Dickey Hullinghorst Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Assistant Majority Leader Dan Pabon Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Majority Caucus Leader Lois Court Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Majority Whip Beth McCann Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Deputy Majority Whip Su Ryden Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Minority Leader Mark Waller Ends.png Republican
State House Assistant Minority Leader Libbi Szabo Ends.png Republican
State House Minority Caucus Leader Kathleen Conti Ends.png Republican
State House Minority Whip Kevin Priola Ends.png Republican

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Colorado legislature are paid $30,000 per year. They are also given per diem of $183 for members who live more than 50 miles from capitol and $45 for members who live 50 or fewer miles from capitol.[14]

When sworn in

See also: When state legislators assume office after a general election

Colorado legislators assume office on first day of the first legislative session following the election (example January 12 of next year for the upcoming elections.)

Current members

District Representative Party Residence
1 Jeanne Labuda Bluedot.png Democrat Denver
2 Mark Ferrandino Bluedot.png Democrat Denver
3 Daniel Kagan Bluedot.png Democrat Denver
4 Dan Pabon Bluedot.png Democrat
5 Crisanta Duran Bluedot.png Democrat
6 Lois Court Bluedot.png Democrat Denver
7 Angela Williams Bluedot.png Democrat
8 Beth McCann Bluedot.png Democrat Denver
9 Paul Rosenthal Bluedot.png Democrat
10 Dickey Hullinghorst Bluedot.png Democrat Boulder
11 Jonathan Singer Bluedot.png Democrat
12 Mike Foote Bluedot.png Democrat
13 Claire Levy Bluedot.png Democrat Boulder
14 Dan Nordberg Reddot.png Republican
15 Mark Waller Reddot.png Republican Colorado Springs
16 Janak Joshi Reddot.png Republican
17 Thomas Exum, Sr. Bluedot.png Democrat
18 Pete Lee Bluedot.png Democrat
19 Amy Stephens Reddot.png Republican
20 Bob Gardner Reddot.png Republican
21 Lois Landgraf Reddot.png Republican
22 Justin Everett Reddot.png Republican
23 Max Tyler Bluedot.png Democrat
24 Sue Schafer Bluedot.png Democrat Wheat Ridge
25 Cheri Gerou Reddot.png Republican Evergreen
26 Diane Mitsch Bush Bluedot.png Democrat
27 Libbi Szabo Reddot.png Republican
28 Brittany Pettersen Bluedot.png Democrat
29 Tracy Kraft-Tharp Bluedot.png Democrat
30 Jenise May Bluedot.png Democrat
31 Joseph Salazar Bluedot.png Democrat
32 Dominick Moreno Bluedot.png Democrat
33 Dianne Primavera Bluedot.png Democrat
34 Steve Lebsock Bluedot.png Democrat
35 Cherylin Peniston Bluedot.png Democrat Westminster
36 Su Ryden Bluedot.png Democrat Aurora
37 Spencer Swalm Reddot.png Republican Centennial
38 Kathleen Conti Reddot.png Republican
39 Polly Lawrence Reddot.png Republican
40 John Buckner Bluedot.png Democrat
41 Jovan Melton Bluedot.png Democrat
42 Rhonda Fields Bluedot.png Democrat
43 Frank McNulty Reddot.png Republican Highlands Ranch
44 Chris Holbert Reddot.png Republican
45 Carole Murray Reddot.png Republican Castle Rock
46 Leroy Garcia, Jr. Bluedot.png Democrat
47 Clarice Navarro-Ratzlaff Reddot.png Republican
48 Stephen Humphrey Reddot.png Republican
49 Perry Buck Reddot.png Republican
50 Dave Young Bluedot.png Democrat Greeley
51 Brian DelGrosso Reddot.png Republican
52 Joann Ginal Bluedot.png Democrat
53 Randy Fischer Bluedot.png Democrat Fort Collins
54 Jared Wright Reddot.png Republican
55 Ray Scott Reddot.png Republican
56 Kevin Priola Reddot.png Republican
57 Robert E. Rankin Reddot.png Republican
58 Don Coram Reddot.png Republican
59 Michael McLachlan Bluedot.png Democrat
60 James Wilson Reddot.png Republican
61 Millie Hamner Bluedot.png Democrat
62 Edward Vigil Bluedot.png Democrat Antonito
63 Lori Saine Reddot.png Republican
64 Timothy Dore Reddot.png Republican
65 Jerry Sonnenberg Reddot.png Republican Sterling

Standing committees

See also: Joint standing committees, Colorado General Assembly

The Colorado House of Representatives has 11 standing committees:

External links

References