Jeanne Nicholson

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Jeanne Nicholson
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Colorado State Senate, District 16
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2013
Years in position 4
Base salary$30,000 per year
Per diem$45/$99 per day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limits8 years
Bachelor'sUniversity of Colorado
Master'sUniversity of Colorado, 1990
Date of birth09/22/1943
Place of birthDenver, CO
Office website
Jeanne Nicholson (b. September 22, 1943) is a Democratic member of the Colorado State Senate. She has represented the 16th district since 2011. She unsuccessfully ran for the Colorado House of Representatives in 2000.

Nicholson earned her BSN from the University of Colorado in 1965. She went on to receive her MS in Community Health Nursing from the University of Colorado in 1990.

Nicholson was formerly employed by Public Heath Nursing in the following positions: county nurse from 1979 to 1993, program manager from 1993 to 1998, consultant from 1998 to 1999, and clinical instructor in 2000.


Jerry's Kids bill

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.”[1]

Committee assignments


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

Colorado Committee Assignments, 2013
Local Government, Chair
Health and Human Services
Legislative Council


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



See also: Colorado State Senate elections, 2010

Nicholson ran uncontested in the August 10 primary. She then defeated Timothy J. Leonard (R) in the November 2 general election.

Colorado State Senate, District 16 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jeanne Nicholson (D) 30,882
Timothy J. Leonard (R) 30,224

Campaign donors


In 2010, Nicholson raised $127,124 in contributions. [2]

Her six largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Colorado Association Of Realtors Small Donor Committee $4,250
Service Employees International Local 105 $4,250
Colorado American Federation Of Labor & Congress Of Industrial Organizations Nonpartisan Small Donor $4,250
Seiu Colorado Small Donor Cmte $4,250
Jefferson County Education Association $4,250
Colorado Education Association $4,250

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Nicholson and her husband Craig have two children.

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Preceded by
Dan Gibbs
Colorado State Senate District 16
Succeeded by