Senate Republican Caucus Elects New Leadership


May 11, 2022

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DENVER– Tonight, the Colorado Senate Republican caucus elected a new leadership team.

The Colorado Republicans elected Senator John Cooke (R – Greeley) as the new Minority Leader, and Senator Bob Gardner (R – Colorado Springs) as the new Assistant Minority Leader. The new leadership will assume their roles on Monday, May 16th. 

Senator Cooke previously held the position of Assistant Minority Leader. 

Earlier this month, Minority Leader Chris Holbert (R – Douglas County) announced his early departure from the Senate. He and his wife will be moving to Florida to be closer to family and continue their private sector careers. 

“While the legislative session might be over, there is still plenty of work to be done during the interim,” Minority Leader-elect Cooke said. “We will continue to work throughout the summer and fall to find ways to make Colorado more affordable, to expand educational opportunities, and to prioritize public safety.” 

“Senate Republicans have led on the causes of affordability, school choice, and public safety this legislative session,” Senator Gardner said. “I am honored that my colleagues have chosen me to serve on the leadership team to continue this important work on behalf of the people of Colorado.”

“While I will miss serving in the Senate, I have full confidence in this newly elected team to lead the caucus in service of the people of Colorado,” Minority Leader Holbert remarked. “I look forward to seeing them in the majority next year.”



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