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  |Tenure = 2011 - Present
 
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  |Last election = [[Colorado State Senate elections, 2010|November 2, 2010]]
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  |First elected = [[Colorado State Senate elections, 2010|November 2, 2010]]
 
  |First elected = [[Colorado State Senate elections, 2010|November 2, 2010]]
 
  |Term limits = [[State legislatures with term limits|8 years]]
 
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  |Next election = [[Colorado State Senate elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
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{{tnr}}'''Ellen Roberts''' is a [[Republican Party|Republican]] member of the [[Colorado State Senate]], representing the District 6. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010.
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{{tnr}}'''Ellen S. Roberts''' is a [[Republican]] member of the [[Colorado State Senate]], representing [[Colorado State Senate District 6|District 6]]. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010.
  
Roberts served in the [[Colorado House of Representatives]], representing District 59 from 2007 to 2010.
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Roberts served in the [[Colorado House of Representatives]], representing [[Colorado House of Representatives District 59|District 59]] from 2007 to 2010.
  
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
 
Roberts' professional experience includes working as an attorney with the Ellen Roberts Professional Corporation and Roberts and Steelman, and as a park ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park.
 
Roberts' professional experience includes working as an attorney with the Ellen Roberts Professional Corporation and Roberts and Steelman, and as a park ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park.
 
She is a member of the Citizens Health Advisory Council, Club 20, First National Bank Board, First Presbyterian Church, and Chair of the Board of Directors of Mercy Regional Medical Center.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=66358 Project Vote Smart - Rep. Roberts]</ref>
 
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
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*HB 09-1199 - Healthy Forests Vibrant Communities Act
 
*HB 09-1199 - Healthy Forests Vibrant Communities Act
 
*HB 09-1232 - Med Orders For Scope Of Treatment
 
*HB 09-1232 - Med Orders For Scope Of Treatment
*SB 11-035 -  Prohibiting transfers of funds from severance taxes to general fund <Ref>[http://www.coloradonewsagency.com/2011/01/31/sw-colorado-lawmaker-says-stop-raiding-severance-tax-proceeds/ ''Colorado News Agency,'' "Colorado lawmaker says stop raiding severance tax proceeds," February 10, 2011]</ref>
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*SB 11-035 -  Prohibiting transfers of funds from severance taxes to general fund <Ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/2/http://www.coloradonewsagency.com/2011/01/31/sw-colorado-lawmaker-says-stop-raiding-severance-tax-proceeds/ ''Colorado News Agency,'' "Colorado lawmaker says stop raiding severance tax proceeds," February 10, 2011]</ref>
 
For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the [http://www.leg.state.co.us/Clics/CLICS2009A/csl.nsf/BillFoldersSponsor?OpenFrameSet House site].
 
For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the [http://www.leg.state.co.us/Clics/CLICS2009A/csl.nsf/BillFoldersSponsor?OpenFrameSet House site].
  
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Sen. [[Bill Cadman]] opposed the bill and said the measure raised a question of local control—and a constitutional one.
 
Sen. [[Bill Cadman]] opposed the bill and said the measure raised a question of local control—and a constitutional one.
  
“(SB-270) is a total usurpation of local control. It tries to carve out an exemption from local laws, for a specific group, raising serious constitutional issues,” said Cadman. “It’s a good public service but bad public policy…the ends don’t justify the means.”<reF>[http://www.coloradonewsagency.com/2011/05/03/a-bill-for-jerrys-kids%E2%80%94and-fundraising-firefighters/ "A bill for Jerry’s kids—and fundraising firefighters," ''Colorado News Agency'', May 3rd, 2011]</ref>
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“(SB-270) is a total usurpation of local control. It tries to carve out an exemption from local laws, for a specific group, raising serious constitutional issues,” said Cadman. “It’s a good public service but bad public policy…the ends don’t justify the means.”<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/2/http://www.coloradonewsagency.com/2011/05/03/a-bill-for-jerrys-kids%E2%80%94and-fundraising-firefighters/ ''Colorado News Agency'', "A bill for Jerry’s kids—and fundraising firefighters," May 3rd, 2011]</ref>
  
 
===Political courage tests===
 
===Political courage tests===
Roberts did not provide answers to the Colorado State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test.  The test provides voters with how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.<Ref>[http://votesmart.org/npat.php?can_id=66358 Project Vote Smart - Rep. Roberts ''Issue Positions'']</ref>
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Roberts did not provide answers to the Colorado State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test.  The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.<Ref>[http://votesmart.org/npat.php?can_id=66358 ''Project Vote Smart'', "Issue Positions," accessed April 14, 2014]</ref>
  
 
===Political positions===
 
===Political positions===
 
====Debt negotiations====
 
====Debt negotiations====
Welch is one of the members of a bipartisan group organized by the National Conference of Legislatures called the Task Force on Federal Deficit Reduction (TFFDR). Consisting of 23 state lawmakers from 17 states,<ref>[http://www.ncsl.org/default.aspx?TabID=305&tabs=1027,79,950#1027 ''National Conference of State Legislatures,'' "Task Force on Federal Deficit Reduction," accessed September 26, 2011]</ref> the group went to Capitol Hill on September 21, 2011 to urge the Congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to cut the nation's debt but not impose severe budget cuts on the states.
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Welch is one of the members of a bipartisan group organized by the National Conference of Legislatures called the Task Force on Federal Deficit Reduction (TFFDR). Consisting of 23 state lawmakers from 17 states,<ref>[http://www.ncsl.org/research/fiscal-policy/federal-deficit-reduction-overview.aspx ''National Conference of State Legislatures'', "Task Force on Federal Deficit Reduction," accessed May 15, 2014]</ref> the group went to Capitol Hill on September 21, 2011 to urge the Congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to cut the nation's debt but not impose severe budget cuts on the states.
  
 
TFFDR urged the Committee to consider new revenue as a possibility, instead of just focusing on budget cuts as House Speaker John Boehner has proposed. The group specifically proposed passage of the "Main Street Fairness Act," which would allow states to tax online retailers.<ref>[http://www.stateline.org/live/details/story?contentId=601794 ''Stateline,'' "State legislators want revenue on table in debt talks," September 22, 2011]</ref>
 
TFFDR urged the Committee to consider new revenue as a possibility, instead of just focusing on budget cuts as House Speaker John Boehner has proposed. The group specifically proposed passage of the "Main Street Fairness Act," which would allow states to tax online retailers.<ref>[http://www.stateline.org/live/details/story?contentId=601794 ''Stateline,'' "State legislators want revenue on table in debt talks," September 22, 2011]</ref>
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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===2014===
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{{CO SD6 2014}}
 
===2010===
 
===2010===
 
:: ''See also: [[Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2010]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2010]]''
  
Roberts defeated [[Dean Boehler]] (D) in the August 10 primary.  She then defeated incumbent [[Bruce Whitehead]] (D) in the November 2 general election.
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Roberts defeated [[Dean Boehler]] (R) in the August 10 primary.  She then defeated incumbent [[Bruce Whitehead]] (D) in the November 2 general election.
  
 
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===2008===
 
===2008===
On November 4, 2008, Roberts won re-election to the 59th District seat in the [[Colorado House of Representatives]], running unopposed in the general election.<ref>[http://www.elections.colorado.gov/Content/Documents/2008_Abstract.pdf 2008 general election results, Colorado]</ref>
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On November 4, 2008, Roberts won re-election to the 59th District seat in the [[Colorado House of Representatives]], running unopposed in the general election.<ref>[http://www.elections.colorado.gov/Content/Documents/2008_Abstract.pdf ''Colorado Secretary of State'', "2008 General election results," accessed April 14, 2014]</ref>
  
Roberts raised $33,441 for her campaign.<Ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=CO&y=2008&f=H&so=O#sorttable Colorado House spending, 2008]</ref>
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Roberts raised $33,441 for her campaign.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=CO&y=2008&f=H&so=O#sorttable ''Follow the Money'', "Funds raised by 2008 House candidates," accessed April 14, 2014]</ref>
  
 
==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
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|Full name = Ellen Roberts
 
|Full name = Ellen Roberts
 
|year = 2006
 
|year = 2006
|Editdate = 5/22/2013
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|Editdate = May 22, 2013
|link = <ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/uniquecandidate.phtml?uc=8516 ''followthemoney.org'', "Roberts, Ellen" Accessed May 22, 2013]</ref>
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|link =<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/uniquecandidate.phtml?uc=8516 ''followthemoney.org'', "Roberts, Ellen" accessed May 22, 2013]</ref>
 
|party = Republican
 
|party = Republican
 
|totalraised2012 = 9350
 
|totalraised2012 = 9350
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|party = Republican
 
|party = Republican
 
|total raised = 144,919
 
|total raised = 144,919
|org1 = Citizens To Reelect Ellen Roberts
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|org1 = Citizens To Re-elect Ellen Roberts
 
|org2 = Copic Insurance
 
|org2 = Copic Insurance
 
|org3 = Colorado Association Of Realtors Small Donor Committee
 
|org3 = Colorado Association Of Realtors Small Donor Committee
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|orgamount5 = 500
 
|orgamount5 = 500
 
|}}
 
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==Scorecards==
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{{Colorado legislature scorecards|Begin=2011|End=2020}}
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==Personal==
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Roberts is a member of the Citizens Health Advisory Council, Club 20, First National Bank Board, First Presbyterian Church and Chair of the Board of Directors of Mercy Regional Medical Center.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=66358 ''Project Vote Smart'', "Biography," accessed April 14, 2014]</ref>
  
 
==Recent news==
 
==Recent news==
 
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==See also==
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*[[Colorado State Senate]]
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*[[Colorado State Senate#Committees|Colorado Senate Committees]]
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*[[Colorado State Senate District 6]]
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*[[Colorado State Legislature]]
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
 
{{submit a leg link}}
 
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*[http://ellenroberts.com/ Ellen Roberts' personal website]
 
*[http://ellenroberts.com/ Ellen Roberts' personal website]
 
*[http://www.state.co.us/gov_dir/leg_dir/Senate/members/Sen06.htm Senate website]
 
*[http://www.state.co.us/gov_dir/leg_dir/Senate/members/Sen06.htm Senate website]
*[http://votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=66358 Project Vote Smart legislative profile]
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* [http://openstates.org/co/legislators/COL000017/ellen-s-roberts/ Profile from Open States]
*[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=66358 Project Vote Smart bio]
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*[http://votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=66358 Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart]
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*[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=66358 Biography from Project Vote Smart]
 
*Campaign Contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=140582 2012], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=117312 2010], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=107132 2008], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=80565 2006]
 
*Campaign Contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=140582 2012], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=117312 2010], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=107132 2008], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=80565 2006]
  
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Ellen Roberts
Ellen-Roberts.jpg
Colorado State Senate, District 6
Incumbent
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$30,000/year
Per diem$45/day in Denver area, $183/day outside
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limits8 years
Education
J.D.University of Colorado - Boulder, 1986
Personal
Birthday08/27/1959
Place of birthHudson, NY
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
Office website
Personal website
CandidateVerification
Ellen S. Roberts is a Republican member of the Colorado State Senate, representing District 6. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Roberts served in the Colorado House of Representatives, representing District 59 from 2007 to 2010.

Biography

Roberts' professional experience includes working as an attorney with the Ellen Roberts Professional Corporation and Roberts and Steelman, and as a park ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Roberts served on the following committees:

Colorado Committee Assignments, 2013
Health and Human Services
Legal Services

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Roberts's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 09-1122 - Age Limit Youthful Offender System
  • HB 09-1199 - Healthy Forests Vibrant Communities Act
  • HB 09-1232 - Med Orders For Scope Of Treatment
  • SB 11-035 - Prohibiting transfers of funds from severance taxes to general fund [1]

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.

Jerry's kids bill

Jeanne Nicholson sponsored a bill in the 2011 session to give right of way throughout Colorado to police officers and firefighters who approach passing motorists for Jerry's Kids on Labor Day weekend.

Senate bill 270, approved by the Senate Local Government Committee, clarifies when and where public-safety personnel, such as firefighters, can solicit funds from motorists. Local governments would be required to approve permit applications submitted by firefighters to do their fundraising on roadways.

Nicholson contends her bill is really about public safety.

“As long as we can say when and where—this bill protects firefighters and others by law,” said Nicholson. “Because they are professionals, they are aware of the public-safety of the situation.”

The measure overrules local laws and authority in this matter.

Sen. Ellen Roberts said passage of the proposed measure would “open a Pandora’s Box.” Sen. Irene Aguilar, who is also concerned, said she would support SB270 for the time being but would seek additional input.

“I am voting yes because I came in here today saying I would but will need to talk more with (legislative staff),” said Aguilar.

Sen. Bill Cadman opposed the bill and said the measure raised a question of local control—and a constitutional one.

“(SB-270) is a total usurpation of local control. It tries to carve out an exemption from local laws, for a specific group, raising serious constitutional issues,” said Cadman. “It’s a good public service but bad public policy…the ends don’t justify the means.”[2]

Political courage tests

Roberts did not provide answers to the Colorado State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.[3]

Political positions

Debt negotiations

Welch is one of the members of a bipartisan group organized by the National Conference of Legislatures called the Task Force on Federal Deficit Reduction (TFFDR). Consisting of 23 state lawmakers from 17 states,[4] the group went to Capitol Hill on September 21, 2011 to urge the Congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to cut the nation's debt but not impose severe budget cuts on the states.

TFFDR urged the Committee to consider new revenue as a possibility, instead of just focusing on budget cuts as House Speaker John Boehner has proposed. The group specifically proposed passage of the "Main Street Fairness Act," which would allow states to tax online retailers.[5]

Elections

2014

See also: Colorado State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Colorado State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 24, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 31, 2014. Incumbent Ellen S. Roberts was unopposed in the Republican primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[6][7][8]

2010

See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2010

Roberts defeated Dean Boehler (R) in the August 10 primary. She then defeated incumbent Bruce Whitehead (D) in the November 2 general election.

Colorado State Senate, District 6 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ellen Roberts (R) 34,574
Bruce Whitehead (D) 22,559

2008

On November 4, 2008, Roberts won re-election to the 59th District seat in the Colorado House of Representatives, running unopposed in the general election.[9]

Roberts raised $33,441 for her campaign.[10]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Roberts is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Roberts raised a total of $264,176 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[11]

Ellen Roberts's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Colorado State Senate, District 6 Not up for election $9,350
2010 Colorado State Senate, District 6 Won $144,919
2008 Colorado State House, District 59 Won $33,441
2006 Colorado State House, District 59 Won $76,466
Grand Total Raised $264,176

2012

Roberts was not up for election to the Colorado State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Roberts raised a total of $9,350.
Colorado State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ellen Roberts's campaign in 2012
Copic Insurance$4,000
Unitedhealth Group$400
Colorado Automobile Dealers Association$400
Boyle, Patrick C$400
Colorado Concern$400
Total Raised in 2012$9,350
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Roberts won election to the Colorado State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Roberts raised a total of $144,919.

2008

Roberts won re-election to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Roberts raised a total of $33,441.

2006

Roberts won election to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Roberts raised a total of $76,466.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Colorado

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Colorado scorecards, email suggestions to scorecards@ballotpedia.org.

Please see our writing guidelines if you would like to add results from an individual scorecard to this legislator's profile.

2014

In 2014, the 69th Colorado General Assembly was in session from January 8 to May 7.[12]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills ACLU of Colorado "felt were the best representations of the civil liberties issues facing Colorado today."
Legislators are scored on their stances on animal protection issues.
Legislators are scored on their stances on "women's priorities in the state of Colorado."

2013

In 2013, the 69th Colorado General Assembly was in session from January 9 to May 9.[13]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills ACLU of Colorado "felt were the best representations of the civil liberties issues facing Colorado today."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by ACS CAN.
Legislators are scored on their stances on animal protection issues.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to environmental conservation.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills defined by LT as related to "principles of good governance."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "support of reproductive health."
Legislators are scored on their stances on "women's priorities in the state of Colorado."

Personal

Roberts is a member of the Citizens Health Advisory Council, Club 20, First National Bank Board, First Presbyterian Church and Chair of the Board of Directors of Mercy Regional Medical Center.[14]

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Preceded by
Bruce Whitehead (D)
Colorado State Senate District 6
2011–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Colorado House District 59
2007–2011
Succeeded by
J. Paul Brown (R)