John Morse

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John Morse
Colorado State Senate, District 11
In office
2007 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 8
Base salary$30,000 per year
Per diem$45/$99 per day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limits8 years
Bachelor'sUniversity of Colorado
Master'sUniversity of Colorado-Colorado Springs, 1996
Ph.D.University of Colorado-Denver, 2001 and Regis College, 1984
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John Morse has been a Democratic member of the Colorado State Senate since 2007. He represents the 11th district and currently serves as Senate Majority Leader.

Morse earned his BSBA in Accounting/Finance from the University of Colorado in 1980. He went on to receive his MBA from Regis College in 1984. He then earned his MPA in Public Administration from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs in 1996. In 2001 he received his PhD in Public Affairs from the University of Colorado-Denver.

Morse has worked in the following positions: Emergency Medical Technician, Sergeant in the Colorado Springs Police Department, Police Chief for the City of Fountain, and Certified Public Accountant.

Committee assignments


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


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



See also: Colorado State Senate elections, 2010

Morse sought re-election to the 11th District seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. Morse won re-election to the 11th District, defeating Owen Hill (R), and Douglas W. Randall (L) in the November 2 general election.

Colorado State Senate, District 11 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Morse (D) 13,866
Owen Hill (R) 13,526
Douglas W. Randall (L) 1,320


On November 7, 2006, Morse was elected to the 11th District Seat in the Colorado State Senate, defeating opponent Ed Jones (R).[1]

Morse raised $120,037 for his campaign, while Jones raised $61,665.[2]

Colorado State Senate, District 11 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Morse (D) 16,420
Ed Jones (R) 10,648

Campaign donors


In 2010, Morse raised $163,961 in contributions. [3]

His six largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Colorado Democratic Party $15,000
Seiu Colorado Small Donor Cmte $4,250
Colorado American Federation Of Labor & Congress Of Industrial Organizations Nonpartisan Small Donor $4,250
Service Employees International Local 105 $4,250
Colorado State Conference Of Electrical Workers Small Donor Cmte $4,250
Colorado Education Association $4,250


In 2006, Morse collected $120,037 in donations.[4]

His seven largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Colorado Education Association $4,400
Colorado Association Of Public Employees $4,200
Pikes Peak $4,000
Colorado State Conference Of Electrical Workers $4,000
Colorado Professional Fire Fighters $4,000
Food & Commercial Workers Local 7 $4,000
Colorado AFL-CIO $4,000

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