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Kenneth Summers

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Kenneth Summers
Current candidacy
Running for Colorado State Senate District 22
Date of primaryJune 26, 2012
General electionNovember 6, 2012
Current office
Colorado House of Representatives District 22
In office
Term ends
January 12, 2013
Years in position 8
Base salary$30,000/year
Per diem$45/day in Denver area, $99/day outside
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
Bachelor'sUniversity of Northern Colorado, 1976
Master'sRegis University, 2005
Date of birthOctober 12, 1953
Place of birthDenver, CO
ProfessionExecutive Director, Teen Challenge of the Rocky Mountains
Office website
Personal website
Kenneth Summers is a Republican member of the Colorado House of Representatives, representing the 22nd District since 2007.

Summers works as Executive Director of Teen Challenge of the Rocky Mountains. He has previously served as Senior Pastor of the Dakota Ridge Assembly and High Plains Christian Center.

He is a member of the Governor's Interagency Council for Homelessness.[1]

Committee assignments


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


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


Summers 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 replied:

"Base level funding for higher education.

Budget reform that addresses current conflicts and restraints of constitutional provisions, including making transportation a higher priority within the state budget structure.

Balanced energy policy that promotes repsponsible energy development in the state without creating onerous regulations and additional taxation at the same time."[2]

Summers's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 09-1214 - School District Reporting Requirements
  • HB 09-1285 - Government Data Sharing
  • HB 09-1288 - Colorado Taxpayer Transparency Act
  • SB 10-191 - Quality Instruction Through Educator Effectiveness [3]

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

Colorado Senate Bill 57

As a member of the Colorado House Education Committee, Summers voted in support of Colorado Senate Bill 57, also known as the Public School Financial Transparency Act, a bill to create transparency in state education expenditures.



See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2012

Redistricting has drawn Summers into the same senate and house legislative district as two other incumbents of the state house, Max Tyler and Andrew Kerr. As a result, both Summers and Kerr have chosen to run in the 2012 election for Colorado State Senate District 22. Both Summers and Kerr face no primary challenge and will face off in the general election.[4]


See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2010

Summers ran for re-election to the 22nd District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the August 10 primary. Summers defeated Chris Radeff (D) in the November 2 general election.

Colorado House of Representatives, District 22 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kenneth Summers (R) 16,702
Chris Radeff (D) 11,086


On November 4, 2008, Summers won re-election to the 22nd District seat in the Colorado House of Representatives, defeating opponent Camille Ryckman (D).[5]

Summers raised $45,948 for his campaign, while Ryckman raised $41,078.[6]

Colorado State House, District 22 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kenneth Summers (R) 19,107
Camille Ryckman (D) 15,922

Campaign donors


In 2010, Summers raised $37,997 in contributions. [7]

His three largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Copic Insurance Small Donor Committee $2,000
Jefferson County Republican: $1,305
Colorado Association Of Realtors Small Donor Committee $1,000


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

Contributor 2008 total
CO Assoc of Realtors $1,500
Farmers Insurance Group $400
CO Assoc of Commerce & Industry $400
Don Summers $400
CO Medical Society $400

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