Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2012

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Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2012

Majority controlCampaign contributions
QualificationsTerm limitsImpact of Redistricting

State Legislative Election Results

List of candidates
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Colorado House of Representatives2012 Colorado Senate Elections
Elections for the office of Colorado House of Representatives will be held in Colorado on November 6, 2012. All 65 seats will be up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was April 2, 2012. The primary election day will be June 26, 2012.

See also: Colorado State Senate elections, 2012 and State legislative elections, 2012

Incumbents retiring

A total of

23 incumbents are not running for re-election in 2012. Those incumbents are:


Name:Party:Current office:
Andrew KerrElectiondot.png Democratic Colorado State Senate District 22
B.J. NikkelEnds.png Republican Colorado House of Representatives District 49
David BalmerEnds.png Republican Colorado State Senate District 27
Donald BeezleyEnds.png Republican Colorado House of Representatives, District 33
Edward CassoElectiondot.png Democratic Colorado House of Representatives District 32
Glenn VaadNon-partisan Colorado Public Utilities Commission
James KerrEnds.png Republican Colorado House of Representatives District 28
Joe MiklosiElectiondot.png Democratic Colorado House of Representatives District 9
John KefalasElectiondot.png Democratic Colorado State Senate District 14
John SoperElectiondot.png Democratic Colorado House of Representatives District 34
Jon BeckerEnds.png Republican Colorado House of Representatives District 63
Judith Anne SolanoElectiondot.png Democratic Colorado House of Representatives District 31
Keith SwerdfegerEnds.png Republican Colorado House of Representatives District 47
Kenneth SummersEnds.png Republican Colorado House of Representatives District 22
Larry ListonEnds.png Republican Colorado House of Representatives District 16
Laura BradfordEnds.png Republican Colorado House of Representatives District 55
Matt JonesElectiondot.png Democratic Colorado State Senate District 17
Nancy ToddElectiondot.png Democratic Colorado State Senate District 28
Randy BaumgardnerEnds.png Republican Colorado State Senate District 8
Roger WilsonElectiondot.png Democratic Colorado House of Representatives District 61
Sal PaceElectiondot.png Democratic Colorado House of Representatives District 46
Thomas MasseyEnds.png Republican Colorado House of Representatives District 60
Wesley McKinleyElectiondot.png Democratic Colorado House of Representatives District 64

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party holds the majority in the Colorado House of Representatives:

Colorado House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 32 37
     Republican Party 33 28
Total 65 65

Game-changers

See also: Ballotpedia:"Game-changers" in the 2012 state legislative elections

Campaign contributions

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state house in Colorado in past years and the cumulative amount of campaign contributions in state house races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[2]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2010 140 $5,062,910
2008 143 $5,814,014
2006 136 $5,204,618
2004 147 $3,743,809
2002 169 $5,389,097


In 2010, the candidates running for the house raised a total of $5,062,910 in campaign funds. Their top 10 contributors were: [3]

Donor Amount
Kellogg, Lisa $144,566
Colorado Professional Fire Fighters $100,500
House Majority Project State Democratic Campaign Fund $97,509
Colorado Education Association $85,025
Copic Insurance Small Donor Committee $63,440
Colorado State Conference of Electrical Workers Small Donor Committee (CSCEW) $58,775
Colorado Association of Realtors Small Donor Committee $57,700
Service Employees International Local 105 $50,075
Colorado Medical Society $43,800
American Federation of State County & Municipal Employees $38,900

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 twenty­five 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.

Term limits

James Riesberg has represented District 50 in the Colorado House of Representatives since 2005. He is ineligible to run for reelection in 2012.
See also State legislatures with term limits and Impact of term limits on state representative elections in 2012

The Colorado House of Representatives has been a term-limited state house since Colorado voters approved Issue 5 in 1990. The affirmative vote by Colorado's electorate in Issue 5 altered Section 3 of Article V on the Colorado Constitution to say that Colorado State Representatives could serve no more than four 2-year terms in office.

There are 65 representatives in the Colorado house. 9 of them, or 13.8%, can't run in 2012 because of term limits. Of these 9, 5 are Democratic and 4 are Republican

In addition to the 9 Colorado state representatives who are leaving office because of term limits, 6 Colorado state senators are also termed-out.

Colorado state representatives whose seats are up for election in 2012 but who are unable to run because of the state's term limits are:

Democrats (5):


Republicans (4):


Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Colorado

The Colorado Reapportionment Commission is responsible for reapportioning state legislative districts. It is made up of 11 members chosen by the three branches of government as follows: 4 by the Colorado General Assembly, 3 by the Governor and 4 by the Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice. Colorado's population grew by 17% between 2000 and 2010, with Hispanics being a major driver. The new population total put the ideal House district population at 77,372.

After reviewing maps proposed by Republicans and Democrats, Commission Chairman Mario Carrera, the only unaffiliated member, announced he would submit his own, consolidating concerns from both parties while focusing on competitiveness. The commission voted to pass his maps on September 19, but the Colorado Supreme Court rejected the new maps by a vote of 4-2, stating they were not "sufficiently attentive to county boundaries."[4]

Send back to the Commission, they voted to pass Democratic-drawn proposals. Republicans criticized the new proposals for forcing a number of GOP incumbents into the same districts, while Democrats said it was an unfortunate outcome of trying to minimize county splits. The new House map, which was then approved by the Court, included 24 seats considered to be competitive.[5]

List of candidates

District 1

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Libertarian Party June 26 Libertarian primary candidates:

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District 2

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District 3

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Daniel Kagan Incumbent Kagan first assumed office in 2009.
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District 4

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Dan Pabon Incumbent Pabon first assumed office in 2011.
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District 5

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District 6

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Lois Court Incumbent Court first assumed office in 2009.
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District 7

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
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District 8

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Beth McCann Incumbent McCann first assumed office in 2009.
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District 9

Note: Incumbent Joe Miklosi (D) is not running for re-election in 2012.

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
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Note: Robert J. Lane filed to run for election but does not appear on the official candidate list.

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District 10

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District 11

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District 12

Note: Incumbent Matt Jones (D) is running for election to District 17 of the Colorado State Senate in 2012.

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
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District 13

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Claire Levy Incumbent Levy first assumed office in 2007.
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District 14

Note: Incumbent Janak Joshi (R) is running for re-election to District 16 due to redistricting.

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary candidates:
Constitution Party June 26 American Constitution Party primary candidates:

Note: Ryan Dyer initially filed but did not appear on the official primary candidate list.

November 6 General election candidates:

District 15

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary candidates:
  • Mark Waller Incumbent Waller first assumed office in 2009.
Constitution Party June 26 American Constitution Party primary candidates:

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District 16

Note: Incumbent Larry Liston (R) was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits and is instead running for election to District 10 of the Colorado State Senate in 2012.

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary candidates:
  • Janak Joshi District 14 incumbent Joshi first assumed office in 2011.
Constitution Party June 26 American Constitution Party primary candidates:

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District 17

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
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District 18

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Pete Lee Incumbent Lee first assumed office in 2011.
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District 19

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary candidates:
  • Marsha Looper Incumbent Looper first assumed office in 2007.
  • Amy Stephens District 20 incumbent Stephens first assumed office in 2007.
Constitution Party June 26 American Constitution Party primary candidates:

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District 20

Note: Incumbent Amy Stephens (R) is running for re-election in District 19 due to redistricting.

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary candidates:
  • Bob Gardner District 21 incumbent Gardner first assumed office in 2007.
Constitution Party June 26 American Constitution Party primary candidates:

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District 21

Note: Incumbent Bob Gardner (R) is running for re-election in District 20 due to redistricting.

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
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Constitution Party June 26 American Constitution Party primary candidates:

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District 22

Note: Incumbent Kenneth Summers (R) is running for election to District 22 of the Colorado State Senate in 2012.

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
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District 23

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Max Tyler Incumbent Tyler first assumed office in 2009.
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District 24

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Sue Schafer Incumbent Schafer first assumed office in 2009.
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District 25

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary candidates:
  • Cheri Gerou Incumbent Gerou first assumed office in 2009.

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District 26

Note: Incumbent Andrew Kerr (D) is running for election to District 22 of the Colorado State Senate in 2012.

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
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District 27

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary candidates:
  • Libbi Szabo Incumbent Szabo first assumed office in 2011.
Libertarian Party June 26 Libertarian primary candidates:

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District 28

Note: Incumbent James Kerr (R) was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

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District 29

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
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District 30

Note: Incumbent Kevin Priola (R) is running for re-election in District 56 due to redistricting.

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
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District 31

Note: Incumbent Judith Anne Solano (D) was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

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District 32

Note: Incumbent Edward Casso (D) is not running for re-election in 2012.

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District 33

Note: Incumbent Donald Beezley (R) is not running for re-election in 2012.

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District 34

Note: Incumbent John Soper (D) was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

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District 35

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
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District 36

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Su Ryden Incumbent Ryden first assumed office in 2009.
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary candidates:

Note: Robert Martinez initially filed but does not appear on the official list of primary candidates.

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District 37

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
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District 38

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
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District 39

Note: Incumbent David Balmer (R) was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits and is instead running for election to District 27 of the Colorado State Senate in 2012.

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
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District 40

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary candidates:
  • Cindy Acree Incumbent Acree first assumed office in 2009.

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District 41

Note: Incumbent Nancy Todd (D) was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits and is instead running for election to District 28 of the Colorado State Senate in 2012.

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
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District 42

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
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District 43

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
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District 44

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary candidates:

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District 45

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
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District 46

Note: Incumbent Sal Pace (D) is not running for re-election in 2012.

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
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District 47

Note: Incumbent Keith Swerdfeger (R) is not running for re-election in 2012.

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary candidates:

Note: Raymond Watts initially filed but does not appear on the official primary candidate list.

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District 48

Note: Incumbent Glenn Vaad (R) is running for election to District 23 of the Colorado State Senate in 2012.

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary candidates:

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District 49

Note: Incumbent B.J. Nikkel (R) is not running for re-election in 2012.

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
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District 50

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Dave Young Incumbent Young first assumed office in 2011.
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District 51

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
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District 52

Note: Incumbent John Kefalas (D) is running for election to District 14 of the Colorado State Senate in 2012.

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
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District 53

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
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District 54

Note: Incumbent Ray Scott (R) is running for re-election in District 55 due to redistricting.

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary candidates:

Note: District 55 incumbent Laura Bradford initially filed but does not appear on the official primary candidate list.

November 6 General election candidates:

District 55

Note: Incumbent Laura Bradford (R) is not seeking re-election in 2012.

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary candidates:
  • Ray Scott District 54 incumbent Scott first assumed office in 2011.

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District 56

Note: Incumbent Millie Hamner (D) is running for re-election in District 61 due to redistricting.

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary candidates:
  • Kevin Priola District 30 incumbent Priola first assumed office in 2009.

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District 57

Note: Incumbent Randy Baumgardner (R) is running for election to District 8 of the Colorado State Senate in 2012.

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary candidates:

Note: Ronald Roesener initially filed but does not appear on the official primary candidate list.

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District 58

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary candidates:
  • Don Coram Incumbent Coram first assumed office in 2011.

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District 59

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
Note: Patrick Swonger initially filed but does not appear on the official primary candidate list.
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary candidates:

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District 60

Note: Incumbent Thomas Massey (R) was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary candidates:

Note: Steven Kent Barton initially filed but does not appear on the primary ballot.

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District 61

Note: Incumbent Roger Wilson (D) is not running for re-election in 2012.

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Millie Hamner District 56 incumbent Hamner first assumed office in 2011.
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary candidates:
Constitution Party June 26 American Constitution Party primary candidates:

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District 62

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Edward Vigil Incumbent Vigil first assumed office in 2009.
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary candidates:

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District 63

Note: Incumbent Jon Becker (R) is not running for re-election in 2012.

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
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District 64

Note: Incumbent Wesley McKinley (D) was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary candidates:
Note: William Frangis and Jeffrey Thornton initially filed but do not appear on the primary ballot.

November 6 General election candidates:

District 65

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary candidates:

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