Republicans Keep Colorado Senate, Elect New Leaders

Denver -- Voters last week rejected any return to one party Democrat rule in Colorado by keeping Republicans in control of the State Senate. That means power will be shared under the Golden Dome for the third straight year. And it’s a senate winning streak Republicans haven’t enjoyed in nearly 20 years.

Republicans on Thursday elected a new leadership team, including replacements for Senate President Bill Cadman (R-Colorado Springs) and Majority Leader Mark Scheffel (R-Parker), who were both subject to term limits. Senator Kevin Grantham (R-Canon City) will replace Cadman as Senate President; while Senator Chris Holbert (R-Parker) was tapped to replace Scheffel as Majority Leader.

Other key leadership picks include:

President Pro Tempore: Senator Jerry Sonnenberg (R-Sterling)

Assistant Majority Leader: Senator Ray Scott (R-Grand Junction)

Majority Whip: Senator John Cooke (R-Greeley)

Caucus Chair: Senator Vicki Marble (R-Fort Collins)

Joint Budget Committee: Senator Kent Lambert (R-Colorado Springs) & Senator Kevin Lundberg (R Berthoud)

"It's truly an honor to have been selected by my colleagues to serve as President of the Senate," said Grantham. "It is an even higher honor to get to serve amongst the principled leaders who are on this team. I look forward to working with colleagues from both sides of the aisle to see what we can accomplish for Colorado."

Senate Republicans will detail their 2017 legislative priorities when the time is right, but the outgoing Senate President said he believes Coloradans will continue to benefit from having Republicans serve as taxpayer advocates and a check on liberal excesses at the Statehouse.

"We proved in the last two sessions that divided government is not the 'gridlock' or 'paralysis' often assumed, but that a lot of vitally important work can get done, for the broad benefit of all Coloradans, under a shared power arrangement that the nation’s founders wisely baked into the system," Cadman said. "I assume the same spirit of constructive collaboration will continue moving forward, ensuring that the work of the people gets done in the usual professional, workmanlike, philosophically-balanced manner."

Republicans will continue to serve as advocates for fiscal responsibility, regulatory restraint, economic growth and individual liberty, added Cadman. "We'll support principles and policies that benefit all Coloradans, from Burlington to Grand Junction, Walden to Walsenberg."

Please direct questions to Sean Paige at 719-337-0355

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