Joseph Salazar

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Joseph Salazar
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Colorado House of Representatives District 31
In office
January 9, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 14, 2015
Years in position 2
Base salary$30,000/year
Per diem$45/day in Denver area, $183/day outside
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Campaign website
Joseph Salazar is a Democratic member of the Colorado House of Representatives, representing District 31. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


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

Colorado Committee Assignments, 2013
State, Veterans, and Military Affairs, Vice Chair



See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2012

Salazar won election in the 2012 election for Colorado House of Representatives District 31. He ran unopposed in the June 26, 2012, Democratic primary. He defeated Beth Humenik (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012. [1][2]

Colorado House of Representatives, District 31, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph A. Salazar 60.4% 18,800
     Republican Beth Humenik 39.6% 12,301
Total Votes 31,101

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Salazar is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Salazar raised a total of $54,164 during that time period. This information was last updated on 5/29/2013.[3]

Joseph Salazar's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Colorado State House, District 30 Won $54,164
Grand Total Raised $54,164


Salazar won election to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Salazar raised a total of $54,164.


In 2012, Salazar's endorsements included the following:[4]

  • State representative Judy Solano
  • State senator Lois Tochtrop
  • U.S. Senator Michael Bennet
  • U.S. Senator Mark Udall
  • U.S. Representative Ed Perlmutter
  • U.S. Representative Jared Polis
  • Thornton City Council and Mayor Pro Tem Eva Henry
  • Thornton City Council Lynn Fox
  • Thornton City Council Val Vigil
  • Thornton City Council JJ Dove
  • Thornton City Council Mack Goodman
  • Former Thornton City Council Steve Lebsock
  • Former Thornton City Councilwoman Rebecca Cavanagh-Miller
  • Adams County School Board Member Fred Schaffer
  • Former Colorado Speaker of House Andrew Romanoff
  • Former Colorado Speaker of House Terrance Carroll
  • Former Colorado Speaker of House Ruben Valdez
  • Former U.S. Secretary of Energy and Transportation and Former Mayor of Denver Federico Pena
  • State representative Mark Ferrandino
  • State representative Crisanta Duran
  • State representative Cherylin Peniston
  • State senator Angela Giron
  • State senator Lucia Guzman
  • State senator Irene Aguilar
  • Adams County Latino Initiative
  • Adams County Janes
  • American Dream / Small Donor Committee
  • Central Adams Retired Teachers
  • Colorado Conservation Voters
  • Colorado Democratic Party, Colorado Latino Initiative
  • Colorado Fraternal Order of Police
  • Colorado Firefighters Association
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • Colorado Wins
  • CSCEW Small Donor Committee
  • District 12 Education Association Pace
  • One Colorado
  • Pipefitters Local 208
  • Public Education Committee
  • SEIU
  • Sheet Metal Workers' International Association Local 9
  • The Colorado Fund For Children and Public Education
  • United Food and Commercial Workers Local #7
  • United Steelworkers
  • United Transportation Union (Small Donor Committee)


Rape Comments

Salazar came under fire for comments made on February 15, 2013 during a debate over gun control in the Colorado House of Representatives. He made the following remarks on House Bill 1226:

"“That’s why we have call boxes, that’s why we have safe zones, that’s why we have whistles, because you just don’t know who you’re going to be shooting at, and you don’t know, if you feel like you’re going to be raped, or if you feel like someone’s been following you around, or if you feel like you’re in trouble, and when you may actually not be, that you pop out that gun and you pop around that somebody."[5]

This statement drew severe criticism from across the aisle, with fellow Representative Polly Lawrence claiming on Twitter “Rep. Salazar says women may not know when they’re being raped. …” Salazar apologized on February 19: "I’m sorry if I offended anyone. That was absolutely not my intention. We were having a public policy debate on whether or not guns makes people safer on campus. I don’t believe they do. That was the point I was trying to make. If anyone thinks I’m not sensitive to the dangers women face, they’re wrong."[6]

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Preceded by
Judith Anne Solano (D)
Colorado House of Representatives District 31
Succeeded by