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Steve King
Colorado State Senate, District 28
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2013
Years in position 4
Base salary$30,000 per year
Per diem$45/$99 per day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limits8 years
Associate'sMesa State College in Grand Junction
Bachelor'sMesa State College, Law Enforcement Certification, Training Academy in Golden, Colorado
ProfessionVice President, American National Protective Services
Office website
Campaign website
Steve King is a Republican member of the Colorado State Senate. He has represented the 7th district since 2011. He is also a former member of the Colorado House of Representatives, where he represented the 54th District from 2007 to 2011.

King is Vice President of American National Protective Services.[1]

Ethics complaint

On February 3, 2010 King appeared before a legislative ethics panel to answer a complaint brought by Colorado Ethics Watch to determine if he charged both the state and his campaign fund for travel expenses. Records show that for a week in April and for all of March the state paid King $1,935 for rental car expenses. During the same time, King charged his campaign over $1,000 for gas and rental car expenses.

Fellow legislator Mark Waller called it "a payday loan from the campaign account," stating, "He’s a rural legislator who makes $30,000 a year. He had car problems, and doesn’t have money to rent a car. He says, ‘Let me borrow from the campaign account.’" The ethics panel will reach a decision by February 18.[2]


King 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.[3]

King's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 09-1199 - Healthy Forests Vibrant Communities Act
  • HB 09-1221 - Mandatory Furloughs For State Employees
  • HB 09-1288 - Colorado Taxpayer Transparency Act

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

Public Utility Commission audit

The Legislative Audit Committee approved a full performance audit of the state’s Public Utility Commission. The Senate Auditor's office will conduct the audit.

Sen. Scott Renfroe and Sen Steve King requested the audit. King says recent actions of the PUC triggered the request.

“The PUC should be acting as a guardian of public interest to ensure Colorado consumers receive high quality and reasonably priced services,” said King. “Questions have risen in the legislature, public and media about some of their recent actions and these issues must be addressed.”

The audit will ask if the PUC has established and implemented "adequate policies and procedures to ensure the PUC Commissioners’ regulatory and decision-making activities are transparent and comply with state laws, regulations, and governance standards." It will also investigate whether or not the PUC has "adequate processes and controls in place to ensure P.U.C. Commissioners’ expenditures are reasonable, appropriate, for allowable purposes, and in the best interests of the state."[4]

Presidential preference


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

Steve King (Colorado) endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [5]

Committee assignments


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


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



See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2010

King was eligible but did not seek re-election to the 54th District seat. He instead won election to the district 7 seat in the Colorado State Senate. He defeated Democrat Claudette J. Konola and Libertarian Gilbert R. Fuller in the November 2 general election.

Colorado State Senate, District 7 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Steve King (R) 37,533
Claudette J. Konola (D) 15,980
Gilbert R. Fuller (L) 2,190


On November 4, 2008, King won re-election to the 54th District seat in the Colorado House of Representatives, running unopposed in the general election.[6]

King raised $32,916 for his campaign.[7]

Campaign donors


In 2010, King raised $31,344 in contributions. [8]

His two largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Copic Insurance $1,400
Colorado Rural Electric Association $1,400


Below are King's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[9]

Contributor 2008 total
CO Assoc of Realtors $1,500
Apartment Assoc of Metro Denver $1,000
Copic Insurance $1,000
CO Rural Electric Assoc $600
CO Chiropractic Assoc $500

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Preceded by
Josh Penry
Colorado State Senate District 7
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Colorado House District 54
Succeeded by
Ray Scott