Jeanne Nicholson

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Jeanne Nicholson
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Colorado State Senate, District 16
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 12, 2011
Current term ends
January 12, 2015
Political party Democratic
Profession Commissioner
Website Senate 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.

Committee assignments

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Nicholson has been appointed to these committees:

Issues

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]

Elections

2010

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

2010

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

Personal

Nicholson and her husband Craig have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dan Gibbs
Colorado State Senate District 16
2011–present
Succeeded by
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