Senate Republicans Welcome New Members
|Majority Leader Chris Holbert (R-Douglas County)|
With the First Session of the 71st General Assembly less than a month away, this is a good opportunity to introduce the newest Republican Senators who are ready to improve the lives of Coloradans. In the upcoming session, Senate Republicans will be unwavering in our devotion to reducing burdensome regulations, increasing options for Colorado students, and streamlining government to ensure that our systems work for you. However, with new leadership and new members we also welcome new ideas and solutions for the most pressing issues facing Colorado. This group of exceptional legislators will not hesitate to tackle the tough issues and we ask you to hold us accountable. Our primary goal is job creation and a prosperous Colorado. Common sense solutions to our state's owner-occupied multi-family housing shortage, a new all-of-the-above approach to energy policy, and adequate funding for Colorado roads and bridges are how we will achieve that goal.
With 18 members of the Senate Republicans, there are more than a few occasions when we will have 18 different opinions, but that is our strength, not our weakness. Our unique interests, strengths, and experiences are how we will best serve the people of Colorado. It is with these differences in mind that I introduce you to the newest members of the Senate Republican Caucus, a group of men and women whose passion for public service and dedication to their constituents is unparalleled. I have complete confidence in their abilities to listen to your concerns and provide meaningful, lasting solutions.
Senator Bob Gardner (R-Colorado Springs): Under the golden dome, Senator Gardner's reputation precedes him. After completing four terms in the Colorado House of Representatives, Senator Gardner made a name for himself as a man of great intellect and perseverance. Senator Gardner has been a practicing attorney for over 30 years and specializes in federal procurement law, administrative and regulatory matters, and education law with a focus on school choice and charter schools. It goes without saying that Senator Gardner's legal prowess will be an asset for Senate Republicans, Colorado students, and the people of Colorado Springs. Senator Gardner will chair the Senate Judiciary committee and serve as vice-chair of the Committee on Local Government.
Senator Kevin Priola (R-Henderson): Senator Priola's pledge to truly listen to his constituents and act in their best interests is an asset worthy of high praise. In 2008, he was elected to represent the people of House District 30 in the Colorado House of Representatives where he served for four years before new district lines landed him in House District 56. Senator Priola, like many great legislators before him, is comfortable learning from his constituents, and works tirelessly to ensure that he truly serves their best interests. It is because of Senator Priola's passion for public service, dedication to family-both his own and yours-and commitment to listening to his constituents in mind that I named him as vice-chair of the Senate Education committee. Senator Priola will also sit on the committee on Business, Labor, and Technology.
Senator Jim Smallwood (R-Parker): Senator Smallwood is new to the Capitol but his wealth of experience as a small business owner of an insurance brokerage firm that specializes in employee benefits will be of insurmountable benefit to Coloradans. At a time when thousands of Coloradans have lost their health insurance coverage and premiums continue to skyrocket, Senator Smallwood's expertise are vital to finding solutions to health care delivery and insurance coverage. Not only will Senator Smallwood champion affordable and accessible health care for Colorado families, he will work tirelessly to ensure transparency and responsibility with every tax dollar. We are proud to welcome Senator Smallwood as the Chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services. Senator Smallwood will also sit on the Committee on Business, Labor, and Technology.
We also welcome back our returning senators: President-elect Kevin Grantham (R-Canon City), Assistant Majority Leader Ray Scott (R-Grand Junction), Majority Whip John Cooke (R-Greeley), Majority Caucus Chair Vicki Marble (R-Fort Collins), Senator Kent Lambert (R-Colorado Springs), Senator Kevin Lundberg (R-Loveland), Senator Randy Baumgardner (R-Hot Sulphur Springs), Senator Larry Crowder (R-Alamosa County), Senator Owen Hill (R-Colorado Springs), Senator Tim Neville (R-Littleton), and Senator Jack Tate (R-Centennial).
Please be sure to watch our team as we continue to make strides in securing a brighter future for Colorado. Senate Republicans are ready and eager to work with you, please share your thoughts, hopes, and concerns with us as we continue to build a stronger Colorado together.
Senator Chris Holbert