Republicans take control of state Senate as legislature opens

DENVER — Republicans took control of the state senate for the first time in a decade as the Colorado legislature reconvened Wednesday.

Senate President Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs, accepted the gavel from outgoing Senate President Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora, who he thanked for “serving with honor and distinction.”

Cadman, a long-time state lawmaker, now presides over a narrow 18-17 GOP majority in the legislature’s upper chamber and struck a bipartisan tone in his opening day remarks.

“We all want to be part of building a better future for Colorado,” Cadman said, offering a perspective built over 15 years at the Capitol to new lawmakers taking their first oaths.

“There are countless opportunities here to make a point,” he said. “There are limited opportunities to make a difference.”

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