Democrats in the Colorado State Senate

Senator Leroy Garcia | Senate District 3

Senator Leroy Garcia was elected in 2014 to represent Senate District 3, which covers the Cities of Pueblo, Pueblo West and part of the community in Salt Creek.

During the 2014 session then-Rep. Garcia sponsored legislation to make higher education more affordable for all Coloradans. SB 1, the College Affordability Act, invests $100 million into higher education and taps tuition increases at 6 percent annually. Sen. Garcia also led the effort to ensure that the Southwest Chief rail line continues to run through Colorado, possibly adding a stop in Pueblo.

He currently serves on the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy committee along with the Transportation committee.

Senator Kerry Donovan | Senate District 5

Senator Kerry Donovan was elected in November of 2014 and represents Senate District 5. Among other positions, she previously served on the Vail Town council and as Director of Academics for the Vail Ski and snowboard Club. She currently sits on the Agriculture, Natural resources, & Energy committee, as well as the Local Government committee.

Senator Michael Merrifield | Senate District 11

Senator Michael Merrifield will begin his first senate term in 2015. Prior to his election he served in the House of Representatives until he was term limited, from 2002 to 2010. He currently sits of the Education and Judiciary committees

Senator John Kefalas | Senate District 14

Senator John Kefalas was elected to his first term representing Senate District 14 in 2012. He served three full terms as the state Representative from House District 52 before becoming a Senator, as he won House elections in 2006, 2008 and 2010. He is currently Vice Chair of the Senate Local Government Committee and a member of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and Business, Labor and Technology Committee.

Senator Matt Jones | Senate District 17

Senator Matt Jones was elected to his first Senate term representing Senate District 17 in November 2012. He served three terms in the House from 1987 until 1993, also serving as House Assistant Minority Leader during that time, and he won another House race in 2010 to represent House District 12. Today, he is a member of the Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Committee; the State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee; the Transportation Legislation Review Committee; the Water Resources Review Committee; the Flood Disaster Study Committee; the Joint Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee; the Joint State Veterans & Military Affairs Committee; and the Legislative Council.

Senator Rollie Heath | Senate District 18

Stratton Rollins (Rollie) Heath Jr. was elected Senate Majority Leader by his peers in October 2013. He was elected to his first term in the Senate in 2008, serving the Boulder area, and was re-elected in 2012 to an expanded Senate District 18 that now includes most of western Boulder County. Sen. Heath currently serves as the Assistant Minority Leader in the Senate and is the Vice-Chair of the Transportation Legislation Review Committee. He also sits on the Appropriations Committee as well as the Business, Labor, & Technology Committee. He is also a member of the Legislative Council.

Senator Cheri Jahn | Senate District 20

Senator Cheri Jahn is a single mother and small business owner from Wheat Ridge.  She was elected to her Senate District 20 seat in 2010, and served four full terms (2001-2009) in the House of Representatives from House District 24. She serves on the Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee.

Senator Jessie Ulibarri | Senate District 21

Senator Jessie Ulibarri won his race for a four-year term representing Senate District 21 in the 2012 election. In his first year as a legislator, he served as Vice Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. During the 2015 session, he will serve as Chair of the Joint State Veterans & Military Affairs Committee. Senator Ulibarri will also sit on the Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force, the Legislative Council, the Local Government Committee, and the State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee. Additional, he was named Minority Caucus Chair.

Senator Andy Kerr | Senate District 22

Senator Andy Kerr won his race for the Senate District 22 seat in the 2012 election, and took office in the Senate after completing three terms serving House District 26 in the House of Representatives.  In the House, he served in leadership roles as Assistant Majority Leader and Caucus Whip, and as a member of the House Appropriations, Education, Business, Finance, Health, and Judiciary committees. Today, he is a member of the Senate Education and Senate Finance Committees.

Senator Mary Hodge | Senate District 25

Senator Mary Hodge is in her second term representing Senate District 25, as she won elections in both 2008 and 2012. Before becoming a Senator, she won four consecutive races to serve as the state Representative from House District 30. As a Senator she now serves on the Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Committee along with the Appropriations Committee and the Water Resources Review Committee.

Senator Linda Newell | Senate District 26

Senator Linda Newell is in her second term representing Senate District 26 in Littleton, having won elections in both 2008 and 2012. Her involvement in the political world began at age 12, when she canvassed neighborhoods with her late mother. Sen. Newell eventually became the Democratic Party’s Chair of SD-26, and this experience led to her first run for office in 2008. Today, she is a member of the Business, Labor, & Technology Committee; the Health & Human Services Committee; the Joint Judiciary Committee; and the joint Technology Committee.

Senator Nancy Todd | Senate District 28

Senator Nancy Todd won her race for the Senate District 28 seat in the 2012 election, and took office after completing her fourth term as the Representative for House District 41, which includes parts of Aurora and unincorporated Arapahoe County. Today, she is a member of the Education Committee as well as the Transportation and the Transportation Legislation Review Committees.

Senator Morgan Carroll | Senate District 29

Senator Morgan Carroll was named President-elect of the Senate by her peers in October 2013. She became Senate Majority Leader in November 2012, after winning re-election to her Senate District 29 seat in the 2012 general election. Sen. Carroll entered the legislature as a member of the state House of Representatives, serving from 2005 through 2008. She was elected to her first term in the Senate in 2008, where she would earn posts as Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Majority Caucus Chair. She was named Senate Minority Leader for the 2015 legislative session and serves as the Vice-Chair of the Legislative Council and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Legislative Council.

Senator Patrick Steadman | Senate District 31

Senator Pat Steadman was elected to represent Senate District 31 for a full four-year term in 2012. He first became a Senator in 2009 when he was selected to fill the Senate vacancy created when Sen. Jennifer Veiga left office. Today, he is a member of the Joint Budget Committee and of the Senate Appropriations Committee as well as the Joint Budget Committee.

 

Senator Irene Aguilar | Senate District 32

Senator Irene Aguilar was elected Senate Assistant Majority Leader by her peers in November 2012. She is a primary care physician by trade, but she developed an interest in health coverage issues and started working on related state bills and state committees before becoming a legislator. She was elected to fill a Senate District 32 vacancy just before the start of the 2011 legislative session, and will run for her final term in the 2014 election. Today, she also serves as a member of the Business, Labor, & Technology Committee along with the Health, & Human Services Committee and the Joint State Veterans & Military Affairs Committee.

Senator Michael Johnston | Senate District 33

Senator Mike Johnston has represented the people of Senate District 33 in Denver since 2009, when he was appointed to replace former Senate President Peter Groff. He won his 2010 election to fill the remaining two years of Groff’s term, and earned a new four-year term in the Senate by winning his race in 2012. He currently serves on the Education and Finance Committees, as well as the Joint Judiciary Committee and the Legal Services Committee.

Senator Lucia Guzman | Senate District 34

The Reverend Lucía Guzmán, who was elected Colorado Senate President Pro Tempore in 2012, was born in Texas to Mexican farm workers. A first-generation Hispanic with a passion for the human rights of all people, she has made a career of ensuring fairness and justice for people from all walks of life. She currently serves as the Chair of the Joint Judiciary Committee as well as the Legislative Audit Committee. Senator Guzmán also sits on the Joint Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee and the Judiciary Committee.