John Morse

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John Morse
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Colorado State Senate, District 11
Former Member
In office
2007 - September 10, 2013
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
President of the Senate
2012-2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionSeptember 10, 2013
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limits8 years
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Colorado
Master'sUniversity of Colorado-Colorado Springs, 1996
Ph.D.University of Colorado-Denver, 2001 and Regis College, 1984
Personal
ProfessionLegislator
Websites
Office website
Personal website
CandidateVerification
John Morse is a former Democratic member of the Colorado State Senate, representing District 11 from 2007 to September 10, 2013. He was defeated in a recall election on September 10, 2013 and replaced by Bernie Herpin (R).[1]

Biography

Morse earned his B.S.B.A. in Accounting/Finance from the University of Colorado in 1980, his M.B.A. from Regis College in 1984, his M.P.A. in Public Administration from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs in 1996, and his PhD in Public Affairs from the University of Colorado-Denver in 2001. His professional experience includes working 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

2013-2014

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

Colorado Committee Assignments, 2013
Executive, Chair
Legal Services
Legislative Council

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2013

See also: John Morse recall, Colorado State Senate (2013)

Morse unsuccessfully defended his seat in the recall election on September 10. Bernie Herpin (R) was selected to replace him.[2][1]

Shall John Morse be recalled from the office of State Senate, District 11?
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Recall9,09450.96%
Retain8,75149.04%
Candidates nominated to succeed John Morse should he be recalled:
ResultVotesPercentage
ApprovedaBernie Herpin (R) 8,895 83.2%
DefeateddWrite-in 1,796 16.8%

2010

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

2006

On November 7, 2006, Morse was elected to the 11th District Seat in the Colorado State Senate, defeating opponent Ed Jones (R).[3]

Morse raised $120,037 for his campaign, while Jones raised $61,665.[4]

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

Comprehensive donor information for Morse is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Morse raised a total of $304,454 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[5]

John Morse's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Colorado State Senate, District 11 Not up for election $5,450
2010 Colorado State Senate, District 11 Won $163,972
2008 Colorado State Senate, District 11 Not up for election $14,995
2006 Colorado State Senate, District 11 Won $120,037
Grand Total Raised $304,454

2012

Morse was not up for election to the Colorado State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Morse raised a total of $5,450.
Colorado State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Morse's campaign in 2012
Pipefitters Local 208 Political Education Cmte$500
Colorado Association Of Realtors$500
Gallagher, William R$400
Colorado Hospital Association$400
Cmte For Physician Anestesia Care$400
Total Raised in 2012$5,450
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Morse won re-election to the Colorado State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Morse raised a total of $163,972.

2008

Morse was not up for election to the Colorado State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Morse raised a total of $$14,995.

2006

Morse won election to the Colorado State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Morse raised a total of $120,037.

Controversies

Recall efforts

See also: John Morse recall, Colorado State Senate (2013)

Morse was targeted for recall in May 2013 for his leadership in passing three gun control bills. The legislature drew particular ire for passing these bills as "emergency legislation," circumventing any possible voter referendum.[6] Supporters of the recall needed to collect 7,200 valid signatures by June 3 to force a recall election. Nearly 16,000 signatures were turned in to the Colorado Secretary of State, who certified them.[7][8] Morse was successfully recalled. Bernie Herpin (R) was chosen to replace him in the Colorado State Senate.[9]

Shall John Morse be recalled from the office of State Senate, District 11?
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Recall9,09450.96%
Retain8,75149.04%
Candidates nominated to succeed John Morse should he be recalled:
ResultVotesPercentage
ApprovedaBernie Herpin (R) 8,895 83.2%
DefeateddWrite-in 1,796 16.8%

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Colorado State Senate - District 11
2007–2013
Succeeded by
Bernie Herpin (R)