PRESS RELEASE: Senate Republicans Hold Leadership Elections Following the Resignation of Senator Bob Rankin


December 9, 2022

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Joshua Bly

DENVER – Today, the Senate Minority Caucus held leadership elections following the recent resignation of JBC member Senator Bob Rankin (R – Carbondale).

The Colorado Senate Republicans elected Senator Barbara Kirkmeyer (R – Weld County) to serve on the Joint Budget Committee, where she will play a critical role in crafting the state’s budget. 

“I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Joint Budget Committee,” Senator Kirkmeyer remarked. “I am committed to working with my colleagues to create a budget that reflects the needs of all Coloradans amidst this affordability crisis we continue to endure. Thank you to my colleagues for entrusting me with this important role.”

The Caucus also elected Senator Cleave Simpson (R – Alamosa) to replace Senator Kirkmeyer as Minority Whip, where he will help to forward the Caucus’ priorities as a member of the leadership team. 

“I am truly humbled by the confidence and trust my colleagues have bestowed on me,” Senator Simpson said. “I am excited for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to deliver viable solutions to the people of Colorado.”

At the start of the 74th General Assembly, the leadership of the Colorado Senate Republicans will be as follows:



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