Minority Leader

Chris Holbert

Republican from Douglas County

Representing Senate District 30

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Biography

  • Former President and Executive Director of a Statewide Trade Association
  • Married with two sons
  • Elected to the Colorado House of Representatives from 2010 to 2014
  • Elected to the Colorado State Senate in 2014, re-elected in 2018. Term ends in 2022

Chris Holbert was elected to the Colorado Senate in 2014 and re-elected in 2018 to represent the residents of state Senate District 30, which includes northern and western Douglas County. On November 8, 2018, the Senate Republican Caucus elected Senator Holbert to the position of Senate Minority Leader. Senator Holbert previously served as Senate Majority Leader (2017-2018); chairman of the Senate Committee on Business, Labor and Technology (2016); and as a member of the Senate Finance and Education Committees (2015-2016)

The Colorado Statesman named Senator Holbert a “Winner” of the 2016 general session after 93% of his bills were passed by both chambers and signed into law by the Governor.  In 2015, The Denver Post named Senator Holbert as a “Winner” for his leadership of the bi-partisan House Bill 15-1323, which reduced the frequency of assessments in Colorado public schools. Such assessments do not drive to a student’s letter grade, but rather collect data for use in teacher, school, district, and state performance measures.

Chris was previously a member of the Colorado House of Representatives, having been elected in November 2010 as Representative of House District 44, which includes the communities of Parker and Lone Tree. During the 2012 general session, then Representative Holbert introduced House Bill 12-1029, which provided municipalities, special districts, and counties the opportunity to waive up to 100% of locally assessed business personal property tax. That rare tax relief bill passed the state House and Senate with 98 “Yes” votes, zero “No” votes, and with two members excused.

Prior to seeking elected office, Chris’ career centered on trade association management with focus on executive leadership, marketing, communications, and government affairs.  From 2000 to 2008, Chris served as president and executive director of a statewide trade association where he represented over 6,000 business professionals throughout Colorado.

Chris has also devoted time to assist people and organizations better understand the Colorado legislative process and structure of government. Chris teaches that knowledge, truth, and accountability are the means by which positive change can be most effectively achieved.

Chris is married (1986) to Diane Holbert, who previously served as a Douglas County Commissioner (2018) and Douglas County Treasurer (2011-2018). Chris and Diane are parents of two sons: Victor and Carson. Chris enjoys bow hunting and has climbed 39 of Colorado’s 54 “14’ers.”

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