John Kefalas

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John Kefalas
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Colorado State Senate District 14
Incumbent
In office
January 9, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 11, 2017
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$30,000/year
Per diem$45/day in Denver area, $183/day outside
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
Prior offices
Colorado House of Representatives District 52
2007-2013
Education
Bachelor'sColorado State University, 1978
Master'sFairleigh Dickinson University, 1982
Personal
BirthdayDecember 26, 1954
Place of birthPiraeus, Greece
ReligionChristian - Mennonite
Websites
Office website
Personal website
CandidateVerification
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.

Issues

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

2013-2014

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

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

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2012

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

2010

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

2008

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

Comprehensive donor information for Kefalas is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Kefalas raised a total of $457,512 during that time period. This information was last updated on 5/22/2013.[7]

John Kefalas's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Colorado State Senate, District 14 Won $130,535
2010 Colorado State House, District 52 Won $76,742
2008 Colorado State House, District 52 Won $118,443
2006 Colorado State House, District 52 Won $83,611
2004 Colorado State House, District 52 Defeated $48,181
Grand Total Raised $457,512

2012

Kefalas was not up for election to the Colorado State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Kefalas raised a total of $130,535.
Colorado State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Kefalas's campaign in 2012
Colorado Medical Society$4,622
Copic Insurance$4,400
Colorado Education Association$3,250
Colorado Professional Fire Fighters$2,125
People For John Kefalas$2,045
Total Raised in 2012$130,535
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Kefalas won re-election to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Kefalas raised a total of $76,742.

2008

Kefalas won re-election to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Kefalas raised a total of $118,443.

2006

Kefalas won election to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Kefalas raised a total of $83,611.

2004

Kefalas lost the election for the Colorado House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Kefalas raised a total of $48,181.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Bacon (D)
Colorado State Senate District 14
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Colorado House District 52
2007–2013
Succeeded by
Joann Ginal (D)