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John Kefalas
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Colorado State Senate District 14
In office
January 9, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 11, 2017
Years in position 2
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
Prior offices
Colorado House of Representatives District 52
Bachelor'sColorado State University, 1978
Master'sFairleigh Dickinson University, 1982
Date of birthDecember 26, 1954
Place of birthPiraeus, Greece
ReligionChristian - Mennonite
Personal website
John Kefalas is a Democratic member of the Colorado State Senate, representing District 14 since 2013.

Kefalas was a Democratic member of the Colorado House of Representatives, representing the 52nd District from 2007 to 2013.

Kefalas has worked as a Public Policy Advocate with Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Denver from 1997-2004, Adviser to Project Self-Sufficiency, Fort Collins/Loveland, Colorado from 1994-1997, and an Employment Counselor at Larimer County Employment and Training Services from 1987-1994.

He is the Director of the Tax Fairness Project of the Colorado Progressive Coalition, and member of the Compassionate Listening Project, Schools for Chiapas, and Witness for Peace.[1]

Kefalas won election to the Colorado State Senate in 2012.


Kefalas provided 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. When asked his legislative priorities he responded:

"If re-elected, my top priority will continue to be to find the necessary common ground and bring key stakeholders to the table in order to transition Colorado to a fair and sustainable energy economy that creates family-supporting jobs, promotes smart economic development, protects the environment and makes our state energy independent."[2]

Kefalas's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 09-1273 - Health Care For Colorado
  • HB 09-1299 - National Popular Vote Agreement
  • HB 09-1326 - Integrity Of Citizen-Initiated Petitions

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

Committee assignments


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


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



See also: Colorado State Senate elections, 2012

Kefalas won election in the 2012 election for Colorado State Senate District 14. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 26, 2012. He defeated Syndi Anderson (R), Jeff Johnston (L) and Barrett Rothe (Unaffiliated) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012. [3][4]

Colorado State Senate, District 14, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Kefalas 57.9% 46,673
     Republican Syndi Anderson 35.9% 28,874
     Libertarian Jeff Johnston 3.9% 3,166
     Independent Barrett Rothe 2.3% 1,828
Total Votes 80,541


See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2010

Kefalas ran for re-election to the 52nd District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the August 10 primary. He defeated Bob Morain (R) in the November 2 general election.

Colorado House of Representatives, District 52 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Kefalas (D) 18,433
Bob Morain (R) 13,721


On November 4, 2008, Kefalas won re-election to the 52nd District seat in the Colorado House of Representatives, defeating opponent Bob McCluskey (R).[5]

Kefalas raised $118,443 for his campaign, while McCluskey raised $172,416.[6]

Colorado State House, District 52 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Kefalas (D) 24,812
Bob McCluskey (R) 17,159

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Kefalas raised $76,742 in contributions. [7]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Colorado Education Association $4,250
Copic Insurance Small Donor Committee $3,000
Colorado State Conference Of Electrical Workers Small Donor Cmte $2,125
Service Employees International Local 105 $2,125


Below are Kefalas's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[8]

Contributor 2008 total
CO Democratic Party House Majority Project $8,500
Colorado Education Assoc $4,250
Poudre Education Assoc $4,250
Service Employees Local 105 $4,000
CO Professional Fire Fighters $4,000

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Bacon (D)
Colorado State Senate District 14
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Colorado House District 52
Succeeded by
Joann Ginal (D)