Democrats in the Colorado State Senate

Senator Gail Schwartz | Senate District 5

Senator Gail Schwartz represents Senate District 5, which includes seven counties from the Elk Mountain Range to the upper Arkansas River Valley, and the Gunnison River Basin.  Sen. Schwartz was elected to the Senate in November 2006, and was re-elected to a second term in 2010.  She serves as the Chair of the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee, as a member of the Local Government, Legislative Legal and Business, Labor & Technology Committees, and Chair of the Capital Development Committee.

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 Jeanne Nicholson | Senate District 16

Senator Jeanne Nicholson won her race for the Senate District 16 seat in 2010, and became the Senate Majority Caucus Chair in November 2012.  She was a two-term Gilpin County Commissioner and has enjoyed a lengthy career as a public health nurse. Sen. Nicholson is the daughter of former Colorado Rep. Norman Eugene Cobb, and she gained knowledge and inspiration as a child from political gatherings hosted at her parents' home.

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 Vice Chair of both the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee and the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee, and a member of the Senate Transportation.

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.  In 2013, he served as Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, and as a member of the Senate Education Committee, Business, Labor and Technology Committee, and Appropriations Committee.

Senator Rachel Zenzinger | Senate District 19

Senator Rachel Zenzinger of Arvada was appointed in December 2013 to represent Senate District 19. She serves as a member of the Senate Education Committee and the Senate Local Government Committee.

Sen. Zenzinger grew up on the Western Slope in the Montrose and Delta areas, and has a background is in education – specializing in training for improving at-risk, struggling schools. She works for Regis University as program coordinator for the Master of Arts in Education program, and has served Arvada as a city councilor and Mayor Pro Tem.

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 as Vice-Chair of both the Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee and Senate Transportation 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 2014 session, he will serve as Chair of the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee and as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Senate Finance Committee.

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 the chair of the Senate Education Committee and Vice Chair of the Senate Finance Committee.

Senator Lois Tochtrop | Senate District 24

Senator Lois Tochtrop has been a member of the Colorado General Assembly since 1999, and she is in her final term representing Senate District 24. She won her first race in 1998 for the House District 34 seat, and won again in 2000 and 2002. She was appointed to the Colorado Senate District 24 seat in 2004, and went on to win her 2006 and 2010 races for four-year terms in the Senate.  She is currently the Chair of the Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee, Chair of the Sportsman’s Caucus, and a member of the Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee, and the Legislative Audit Committee.

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. Since becoming a Senator, she has served as both the Chair and Vice Chair of the Joint Budget Committee, and today she also serves as Chair of the Senate Appropriations 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 Vice Chair of both the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and Senate Judicary Committee,a member of the Legislative Council 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 Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee and a member of the Senate Education Committee and Appropriations Committee.

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. In 2013, she served as Vice Chair of Senate Services and as a member of the Legislative Council Executive Committee, in addition to her duties as Majority Leader.

 

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 Chair of the Joint Budget Committee and Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations 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 Chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, and as a member of the Senate State, Veterans and 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 as the Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Vice-Chair of the Senate Education Committee, and as a member of the Senate Judiciary 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.