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::''See also: [[Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions]]''
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In 2013, the Legislature will be in session from January 9 through May 8.
In 2013, the Legislature was in session from January 9 through May 8.
====Major issues====
====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.<ref> [http://www.dailycamera.com/state-west-news/ci_22323438 ''Daily Camera,'' "Controversial issues will keep Colorado legislature busy for 2013 session," January 6, 2013] </ref>
Major issues during the 2013 legislative session included gun control, immigration reform, election reform and the enactment of laws to regulate and tax legal marijuana.<ref>[http://kdvr.com/2013/05/09/colorados-historic-2013-legislative-session-in-review/ ''kdvr.com'', "Colorado’s historic 2013 legislative session in review," May 10, 2013]</ref>

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Colorado House of Representatives

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General Information
Type:   Lower house
Term limits:   4 terms (8 years)
2015 session start:   January 9, 2013
Website:   Official House Page
House Speaker:  Mark Ferrandino, (D)
Majority Leader:   Dickey Hullinghorst, (D)
Minority leader:   Mark Waller, (R)
Members:  65
   Democratic Party (34)
Republican Party (31)
Length of term:   2 years
Authority:   Art V, Colorado Constitution
Salary:   $30,000/year + per diem
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 13 Democratic state government trifectas.


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.


See also: Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions

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

Major issues

Major issues during the 2013 legislative session included gun control, immigration reform, election reform and the enactment of laws to regulate and tax legal marijuana.[3]


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]


See also: Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions

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


See also: Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions

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



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.


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]


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.


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].


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]


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]


Partisan composition

See also: Partisan composition of state houses
Party As of January 2015
     Democratic Party 37
     Republican Party 28
Total 65

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Colorado State House of Representatives from 1992-2013.
Partisan composition of the Colorado State House.PNG


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


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

Current members, Colorado House of Representatives
District Representative Party Assumed office
1 Jeanne Labuda Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
2 Mark Ferrandino Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
3 Daniel Kagan Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
4 Dan Pabon Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
5 Crisanta Duran Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
6 Lois Court Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
7 Angela Williams Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
8 Beth McCann Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
9 Paul Rosenthal Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
10 Dickey Hullinghorst Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
11 Jonathan Singer Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
12 Mike Foote Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
13 Claire Levy Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
14 Dan Nordberg Ends.png Republican 2013
15 Mark Waller Ends.png Republican 2009
16 Janak Joshi Ends.png Republican 2013
17 Thomas Exum, Sr. Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
18 Pete Lee Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
19 Amy Stephens Ends.png Republican 2013
20 Bob Gardner Ends.png Republican 2013
21 Lois Landgraf Ends.png Republican 2013
22 Justin Everett Ends.png Republican 2013
23 Max Tyler Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
24 Sue Schafer Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
25 Cheri Gerou Ends.png Republican 2009
26 Diane Mitsch Bush Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
27 Libbi Szabo Ends.png Republican 2011
28 Brittany Pettersen Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
29 Tracy Kraft-Tharp Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
30 Jenise May Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
31 Joseph Salazar Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
32 Dominick Moreno Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
33 Dianne Primavera Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
34 Steve Lebsock Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
35 Cherylin Peniston Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
36 Su Ryden Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
37 Spencer Swalm Ends.png Republican 2007
38 Kathleen Conti Ends.png Republican 2011
39 Polly Lawrence Ends.png Republican 2013
40 John Buckner Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
41 Jovan Melton Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
42 Rhonda Fields Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
43 Frank McNulty Ends.png Republican 2007
44 Chris Holbert Ends.png Republican 2011
45 Carole Murray Ends.png Republican 2009
46 Leroy Garcia, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
47 Clarice Navarro-Ratzlaff Ends.png Republican 2013
48 Stephen Humphrey Ends.png Republican 2013
49 Perry Buck Ends.png Republican 2013
50 Dave Young Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
51 Brian DelGrosso Ends.png Republican 2009
52 Joann Ginal Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
53 Randy Fischer Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
54 Jared Wright Ends.png Republican 2013
55 Ray Scott Ends.png Republican 2013
56 Kevin Priola Ends.png Republican 2013
57 Robert E. Rankin Ends.png Republican 2013
58 Don Coram Ends.png Republican 2011
59 Michael McLachlan Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
60 James Wilson Ends.png Republican 2013
61 Millie Hamner Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
62 Edward Vigil Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
63 Lori Saine Ends.png Republican 2013
64 Timothy Dore Ends.png Republican 2013
65 Jerry Sonnenberg Ends.png Republican 2007

Standing committees

See also: Joint standing committees, Colorado General Assembly

The Colorado House of Representatives has 11 standing committees:


Partisan balance 1992-2013

Who Runs the States Project
See also: Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States and Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, Colorado
Partisan breakdown of the Colorado legislature from 1992-2013

From 1992-2013, the Republican Party was the majority in the Colorado State House of Representatives for 15 years and the Democrats were the majority for the other seven years. During the final year (2013), Colorado was under a Democratic trifecta.

Across the country, there were 577 Democratic and 483 Republican State Houses of Representatives from 1992 to 2013.

Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states have divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Office of the Governor of Colorado, the Colorado State Senate and the Colorado House of Representatives from 1992-2013. Partisan composition of Colorado state government(1992-2013).PNG

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