Colorado State Senate
|Colorado State Senate|
|Term limits:||8 years|
|2013 session start:||January 11, 2012|
|Website:||Official Senate Page|
|Senate President:||Brandon Shaffer, (D)|
|Majority Leader:||John Morse, (D)|
|Minority leader:||Mike Kopp, (R)|
| Democratic Party (20) Republican Party (15) |
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Art V, Colorado Constitution|
|Salary:||$30,000/year + per diem|
|Last Election:||November 2, 2010 (19 seats)|
|Next election:||November 6, 2012 (16 seats)|
|Redistricting:||Colorado Reapportionment Commission|
Article V of the Colorado Constitution establishes when the Colorado General Assembly, of which the Senate 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 2012 state legislative sessions
In 2012, the Senate will be in session from January 11 to May 9.
Republicans and Democrats have both stressed that job creation and improving the economy are at the top of their agendas. Meanwhile, they will have to deal with an estimated $500 million budget deficit. Additional issues include fracking rules for oil and gas drilling and addressing a voter-approved constitutional amendment giving tax breaks to seniors that includes a provision allowing the legislature to suspend it.
- See also: Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions
In 2011, the Senate was in session from January 12 through May 11.
- See also: Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions
In 2010, the Senate was in session from January 13th to May 12th.
- See also: Colorado State Senate elections, 2012
Elections for the office of Colorado State Senate will be held in Colorado on November 6, 2012. A total of 16 seats will be up for election. The signature filing deadline was April 2, 2012 and the primary date is June 26, 2012.
Colorado state senators are subject to term limits and may serve no more than eight years. In 2012, six senators will be termed out.
- See also: Colorado State Senate elections, 2010
Elections for the office of Colorado State Senator were held in Colorado on November 2, 2010. State senate seats in 19 of Colorado's 35 districts were on the ballot in 2010. Districts on the ballot are 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 20, 22, 24, 30, 31, 32, 33, and 34.
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 the 2010 elections, the candidates running for senate raised $2,331,554 in campaign funds. The top 10 overall contributors were: 
|Colorado Education Association||$31,625|
|Colorado Professional Fire Fighters||$29,000|
|Copic Insurance Small Donor Committee||$28,400|
|Colorado State Conference of Electrical Workers Small Donor Committee (CSCEW)||$22,000|
|State Democratic Senate Campaign Fund||$21,488|
|Colorado Association of Realtors Small Donor Committee||$20,000|
|Colorado American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations Nonpartisan Small Donor||$19,750|
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.
| How Vacancies are filled in State Legislatures |
In the event of any vacancy in the Senate, the political party that holds the vacant seat is responsible for deciding a replacement. A vacancy committee consisting of members of the political party holding the vacant seat must conduct an election when deciding an appointee. A simple majority vote of members in the vacancy committee is needed to approve any appointment. The person selected to fill the vacancy serves until the next scheduled general election.
- See also: State legislatures with term limits
The Colorado legislature is one of 15 state legislatures with term limits. Voters enacted the Colorado Term Limits Act in 1990. That initiative said that Colorado senators are subject to term limits of no more than two four-year terms.
- See also: Partisan composition of state senates
|Party||As of May 2013|
- See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries
As of 2010, members of the Colorado legislature are paid $30,000 per year. They are also given per diem of $45 per day for members living in the Denver metro area, and $99 per day for all others.
The $30,000 that Colorado legislators are paid as of 2010 is the same that they were paid during legislative sessions in 2007. The per diem is also the same.
When sworn in
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.)
List of current members
Colorado has 10 standing committees:
- Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy Committee, Colorado State Senate
- Appropriations Committee, Colorado State Senate
- Business, Labor and Technology Committee, Colorado State Senate
- Education Committee, Colorado State Senate
- Finance Committee, Colorado State Senate
- Health and Human Services Committee, Colorado State Senate
- Judiciary Committee, Colorado State Senate
- Local Government Committee, Colorado State Senate
- State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee, Colorado State Senate
- Transportation Committee, Colorado State Senate
- Colorado General Assembly official website
- Official directory of Colorado State Senators
- Vote Smart profile of Colorado Senate
- Wikipedia:Colorado Senate
- ↑ Population in 2010 of the American states
- ↑ Population in 2000 of the American states
- ↑ Term limits
- ↑ Session dates for Colorado legislature, 2010
- ↑ Denver Post, "Colorado legislature faces key issues," January 8, 2012
- ↑ Follow the Money: "Colorado Senate 2010 Campaign Contributions"
- ↑ Michie "Colorado Constitution"(Referenced Section Article V, Section II, Subsection 3)
- ↑ Michie "Colorado Revised Statutes"(Referenced Statute 1-12-203, (1)-(3))
- ↑ State legislative term limits
- ↑ Colorado State Senate Leadership Positions
- ↑ National Conference of State Legislatures, "2010 Legislator Compensation Data"
- ↑ Empire Center, "Legislative Salaries Per State as of 2007"
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