Ellen Roberts

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Ellen Roberts
Colorado State Senate, District 6
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2013
Years in position 4
Base salary$30,000/year
Per diem$45/day in Denver area, $183/day outside
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limits8 years
J.D.University of Colorado - Boulder, 1986
Date of birth08/27/1959
Place of birthHudson, NY
Office website
Personal website
Ellen Roberts is a Republican member of the Colorado State Senate, representing the 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.


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.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Colorado Committee Assignments, 2013
Health and Human Services
Legal Services


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


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


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 [2]

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.”[3]

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.[4]

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,[5] 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.[6]



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.

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


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.[7]

Roberts raised $33,441 for her campaign.[8]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Roberts is available dating back to 2006 May 22,2013. Based on available campaign finance records, Roberts raised a total of $264,176 during that time period. This information was last updated on {{{Editdate}}}.[9]

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


Roberts was not up for election to the Colorado State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Roberts raised a total of $9,350.


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


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


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

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Preceded by
Bruce Whitehead
Colorado State Senate District 6
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Colorado House District 59
Succeeded by
J. Paul Brown