Lois Tochtrop

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Lois Tochtrop
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Colorado State Senate, District 24
Incumbent
In office
2004 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2013
Years in position 10
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$30,000 per year
Per diem$45/day in Denver area, $183/day outside
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Appointed2004
Term limits8 years
Education
Bachelor'sMetro State College, Denver
Personal
Birthday01/31/1942
Place of birthSaint Louis, MO
ProfessionRegistered Nurse
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Personal website
CandidateVerification
Lois Tochtrop (b. January 31, 1942) is a Democratic member of the Colorado State Senate, representing District 24. She was first appointed to the chamber in 2004. She is currently Senate Assistant Majority Leader.

Tochtrop served in the Colorado House of Representatives from 1999 to 2004. She was a member of the Adams County Executive Board in 1989 and Treasurer of the Committee to Elect Alice Nichols from 1992 to 1996.

Biography

Tochtrop earned her Nursing Diploma from Saint Louis City Hospital School of Nursing in 1963 and her B.S. from Metro State College, Denver, in 1987. Her professional experience includes working as Head Nurse at Memorial Hospital from 1976 to 1983, Office Nurse at Craig Medical Clinic from 1978 to 1983, Staff Developer for Willow Brook Care Center from 1984 to 1990, Nursing Director for Park Forest Care Center from 1990 to 1999, Registered Nurse since 1963 and Nurse Consultant at Park Forest Care Center since 1999.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Colorado Committee Assignments, 2013
Business, Labor and Technology, Chair
Legislative Audit

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Foster care

In December 2010, lawmakers looked over gaps in tracking the money that is paid out for foster care in Colorado. They expressed dismay.

Foster care falls under the purview of the Colorado Department of Human Services. However, the program is administered by individual counties, which contract with privately owned child-placement agencies that hand over checks to foster parents.

An audit performed by the state’s auditor found that the department has not heeded the recommendations of the previous two years’ audits calling for more oversight over the child-placement agencies.

The department’s stance, despite the state auditor’s assessment that the vendors should be subject to further scrutiny.

Sen. Tochtrop reiterated the concerns of her colleagues.

“This (child-placement agencies’) administrative cost is pass-through money. The county gives it to the (agency), the (agency) passes it through to the foster parents,” said Tochtrop. “That’s where the concern is: that pass-through that there’s no oversight on. “[1]

Elections

2010

See also: Colorado State Senate elections, 2010

Tochtrop sought re-election to the 24th District seat in 2010. She faced no opposition in the primary election. Tochtrop defeated Luis Alvarez (R) in the November 2 general election.

Colorado State Senate, District 24 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Lois Tochtrop (D) 20,750
Luis Alvarez (R) 17,055

2006

On November 7, 2006, Tochtrop was elected to the 24th District Seat in the Colorado State Senate, defeating opponent Luis Alvarez (R).[2]

Tochtrop raised $75,437 for her campaign, while Alvarez raised $21,987.[3]

Colorado State Senate, District 24 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Lois Tochtrop (D) 19,520
Luis Alvarez (R) 13,005

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Tochtrop is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Tochtrop raised a total of $282,702 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[4]

Lois Tochtrop's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Colorado State Senate, District 24 Not up for election $800
2010 Colorado State Senate, District 24 Won $67,683
2008 Colorado State Senate, District 24 Not up for election $7,571
2006 Colorado State Senate, District 24 Won $75,437
2004 Colorado State House, District 36 Won $16,729
2002 Colorado State House, District 36 Won $24,444
2000 Colorado State House, District 36 Won $21,903
1998 Colorado State House, District 34 Won $10,751
1996 Colorado State Senate, District 23 Defeated $57,384
Grand Total Raised $282,702

2012

Tochtrop was not up for election to the Colorado State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Tochtrop raised a total of $800.
Colorado State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Lois Tochtrop's campaign in 2012
Friends Of Colorado Hospitals$400
Atmos Energy$200
AT&T$200
Total Raised in 2012$800
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Tochtrop won re-election to the Colorado State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Tochtrop raised a total of $67,683.

2008

Tochtrop was not up for election to the Colorado State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Tochtrop raised a total of $7,571.

2006

Tochtrop won election to the Colorado State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Tochtrop raised a total of $75,437.

2004

Tochtrop won re-election to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Tochtrop raised a total of $16,729.

2002

Tochtrop won re-election to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Tochtrop raised a total of $24,444.

2000

Tochtrop won re-election to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Tochtrop raised a total of $21,903.

1998

Tochtrop won election to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Tochtrop raised a total of $10,751.

1996

Tochtrop lost the election for the Colorado State Senate in 1996. During that election cycle, Tochtrop raised a total of $57,384.

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the 69th Colorado General Assembly was in session from January 8 to May 7.[5]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills ACLU of Colorado "felt were the best representations of the civil liberties issues facing Colorado today."
Legislators are scored on their votes on "tax, spending, or government intrusion votes."
Legislators are scored on their stances on animal protection issues.
Legislators are scored on their stances on "women's priorities in the state of Colorado."

2013

In 2013, the 69th Colorado General Assembly was in session from January 9 to May 9.[6]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills ACLU of Colorado "felt were the best representations of the civil liberties issues facing Colorado today."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by ACS CAN.
Legislators are scored on their votes on "tax, spending, or government intrusion votes."
Legislators are scored on their stances on animal protection issues.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to environmental conservation.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills defined by LT as related to "principles of good governance."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "support of reproductive health."
Legislators are scored on their stances on "women's priorities in the state of Colorado."

Personal

Tochtrop and her husband, Paul, have three children.

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