Michael Johnston (Colorado)

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Michael Johnston
Colorado State Senate, District 33
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2017
Years in position 6
Base salary$30,000/year
Per diem$45/$99 per day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits8 years
ProfessionSchool Principal
Office website
Personal website
Michael Johnston is a Democratic member of the Colorado State Senate, representing District 33. He was first appointed on May 11, 2009.


Johnston is a School Principal.

Committee assignments


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

Colorado Committee Assignments, 2013
Finance, Chair
Education, Vice Chair
Legal Services


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


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


Energy home loans

Johnston sponsored a bill, Senate Bill 32, in the 2011 session that creates a loan program for homeowners who want to install energy-efficient improvements. The loans would be facilitated by public utilities like Xcel Energy and banks for installation of energy-efficient windows, doors and insulation. The bill passed on a party-line vote in early May 2011. Consumers would also get eased borrowing criteria that would extend credit to those who may not otherwise qualify.

The Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy Committee approved it, sending it to the Senate Appropriations Committee before it can be heard by the full Senate.[1]

40 under 40

Johnston has been highlighted by Time Magazine as one of the 40 leaders under 40 who are "rising stars of American politics.[2]

Johnston's sponsored legislation includes:

  • SB 10-191 - Quality Instruction Through Educator Effectiveness [3]



See also: Colorado State Senate elections, 2012

Johnston won re-election in the 2012 election for Colorado State Senate District 33. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 26, 2012. He defeated Jason DeBerry (R) and Courtney Kolva (L) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012. [4][5]

Colorado State Senate, District 33, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Johnston Incumbent 82.3% 51,357
     Republican Jason DeBerry 13.6% 8,456
     Libertarian Courtney Kolva 4.1% 2,579
Total Votes 62,392


See also: Colorado State Senate elections, 2010

Johnston sought re-election to the 33rd District seat in 2010. He faced no opposition in the primary election. He defeated Lisa Ringle (R) in the November 2 general election.

Colorado State Senate, District 33 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Michael Johnston (D) 33,634
Lisa Ringle (R) 7,276


Johnston was appointed to the 31st District seat in the Colorado State Senate.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Johnston is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Johnston raised a total of $108,842 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[6]

Michael Johnston (Colorado)'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Colorado State Senate, District 33 Won $37,621
2010 Colorado State Senate, District 33 Won $71,221
Grand Total Raised $108,842


Johnston won re-election to the Colorado State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Johnston raised a total of $37,621.


Johnston won election to the Colorado State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Johnston raised a total of $71,221.

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