Larry Liston

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Larry Liston
Colorado House of Representatives District 16
Former Member
In office
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
Bachelor'sColorado State University, 1975
ProfessionFinancial Consultant
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Campaign website
Larry Liston is a former Republican member of the Colorado House of Representatives, representing District 16 from 2005 to 2013.

Liston works as a Financial Consultant and Vice-President at the Royal Bank of Canada Dain Rauscher Incorporated.

He is a member of the Downtown Rotary Club and has previously served on the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross, Pikes Peak Chapter.[1]

Liston unsuccessfully ran for election to the Colorado State Senate in 2012.

Committee assignments


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


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


Liston did not provide 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.[2]

Liston's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 09-1001 - Income Tax Credit For CO Job Growth
  • HB 09-1157 - Makes BZP A Schedule I Narcotic
  • HB 09-1288 - Colorado Taxpayer Transparency Act

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

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Larry Liston endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [3]

Campaign themes


Liston's campaign website listed the following issues:[4]

Excerpt: "Supports it! Supports it! Supports it!"
  • Economic Growth
Excerpt: "Emphasizes private sector growth in robust Colorado economy."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "Strongly opposes Obamacare"
  • Education Choice for Colorado's Children
Excerpt: "Everyone agrees public funding for K-12 education is important. It is, however, fiscally irresponsible to permanently endow one sector of government with automatic increases in spending to the detriment of all other sectors. That's no way to keep faith with you as taxpayers, parents, and students."
  • 2nd Amendment Rights
Excerpt: "Adamantly supports our right to keep and bear arms!"



See also: Colorado State Senate elections, 2012

Liston ran in the 2012 election for Colorado State Senate District 10. He was defeated by Owen Hill in the Republican primary on June 26, 2012.[5][6]

Colorado State Senate, District 10 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngOwen Hill 60.9% 9,528
Larry Liston 39.1% 6,118
Total Votes 15,646

In mid-May, Hill took issue with a fundraiser where Liston was the guest of honor. According to Hill, the lobbyists who hosted the event included "some of the most ardent supporters of big government, liberal causes, and pay-to-play politics," such as Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, and proponents of Obamacare. Liston brushed off the attack, saying "This just shows how desperate my own opponent is. Two years ago, these very people who he is trying to condemn me for, he was taking money from." [7]


See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2010

Liston ran for re-election to the 16th District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the August 10 primary. Liston defeated Janet Tanner (D) in the November 2 general election.

Colorado House of Representatives, District 16 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Larry Liston (R) 13,012
Janet Tanner (D) 7,306


On November 4, 2008, Liston won re-election to the 16th District seat in the Colorado House of Representatives, defeating opponent Richard M. Flores (D).[8]

Liston raised $31,702 for his campaign, while Flores raised $2,195.[9]

Colorado State House, District 16 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Larry Liston (R) 15,989
Richard M. Flores (D) 11,131

Campaign donors


In 2010, Liston raised $37,620 in contributions. [10]

No contributions to his campaign were of $1,000 or more.


Below are Liston's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[11]

Contributor 2008 total
Apartment Assoc of Metro Denver $1,200
CO Assoc of Realtors $1,000
Larry Liston $500
CO Automobile Dealers Assoc $400

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Preceded by
Colorado House District 16
Succeeded by
Janak Joshi (R)