Glenn Vaad

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Glenn Vaad
Colorado Public Utilities Commission
In office
January 7, 2014 - present
Term ends
Base salary$114,948
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
AppointedDecember 2013
Appointed byGovernor John Hickenlooper (D)
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Colorado House of Representatives District 48
Bachelor'sColorado State University, 1967
Place of birthOmaha, NE
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Personal website
Campaign website
Glenn Vaad is a current member of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, the state body charged with regulating the state's utility companies. Vaad was appointed to the PUC by Gov. John Hickenlooper on December 10, 2013 and took office on January 7, 2014.[1]

Vaad joined the commission to fill an unscheduled vacancy left by James Tarpey, who resigned in November 2013, less than one year into his second four-year term. Vaad will serve out Tarpey's term, ending in 2017, subject to confirmation by the state Senate.[2][3]

Vaad previously served in the Colorado House of Representatives, representing District 48, from 2007 to 2013. During his tenure in the legislature, he was the Legislative Liaison to the State General Assembly and Transportation Manager/Administrator with the Colorado Department of Transportation.

He is a member and President of the Saint Vrain Valley School Board, Charter Member of the Skyline High School Education Foundation, and a volunteer fireman/emergency medical technician.[4]

Vaad ran unsuccessfully for election to the Colorado State Senate in 2012.

Political career

Colorado Public Utilities Commission (2014 - present)

Vaad was appointed by Gov. Hickenlooper (D) in December 2013 to fill a vacancy on the state public utilities commission. He took office on January 7, 2014 and is subject to senate approval.[2][3]

Colorado House of Representatives (2007-2013)


Vaad 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.[5]

Vaad's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 09-1114 - Devolve State Commuter Hwys To Loc Govs
  • HB 09-1146 - Proof Of Citizenship To Register To Vote
  • HB 09-1187 - Allow Tolling Of Existing Toll-free Hwys

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

Committee assignments


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


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

Elections & Appointments


Vaad was appointed to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission by Governor John Hickenlooper on December 10, 2013, effective January 7, 2014. He was appointed to fill the vacant seat on the three-member commission left by James Tarpey's resignation in November 2013. Vaad will serve out the remainder of Tarpey's term, which ends in 2017.[2][3]


See also: Colorado State Senate elections, 2012

Vaad ran in the 2012 election for Colorado State Senate District 23. He was defeated by Vicki Marble in the Republican primary on June 26, 2012.[6][7]

Colorado State Senate, District 23 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngVicki Marble 58% 5,500
Glenn Vaad 42% 3,981
Total Votes 9,481


See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2010

Vaad ran for re-election to the 48th District seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Connie Hurtado Coffman (D) in the November 2 general election.

Colorado House of Representatives, District 48 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Glenn Vaad (R) 26,427
Connie Hurtado Coffman (D) 12,595


On November 4, 2008, Vaad won re-election to the 48th District seat in the Colorado House of Representatives, defeating opponent Bill Williams (D).[8]

Vaad raised $52,766 for his campaign, while Williams raised $7,892.[9]

Colorado State House, District 48 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Glenn Vaad (R) 28,937
Bill Williams (D) 19,625

Campaign donors


In 2010, Vaad raised $24,224 in contributions.[10]

His three largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Vaad, Glenn A $1,915
Colorado Association Of Realtors Small Donor Committee $1,000
Copic Insurance Small Donor Committee $1,000


Below are Vaad's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[11]

Contributor 2008 total
CO Assoc of Realtors $2,400
Colorado Rural Electric Assoc $1,400
National Assoc of Industrial & Office Properties $1,400
Mountain Area Council of Dairy Farmers $1,200
Copic Insurance $800

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Political offices
Preceded by
James Tarpey
Colorado Public Utilities Commission
January 7, 2014 - present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Colorado House District 48
Succeeded by
Stephen Humphrey (R)