Meet the Staff
Chief of Staff
Tim Griesmer has been the Chief of Staff for the Colorado Senate Republicans since January 2019. He previously served as the legislative liaison for former Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams. Tim is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York and the University of Denver Institute for Public Policy Studies. He lives in Denver.
Deputy Policy Director
Taylor Boyer is serving as the Legislative Analyst for the Colorado Senate Republicans in 2022 – his third session with the caucus. Taylor grew up in Northeastern Colorado and has recently taken up beekeeping as a hobby. Prior to serving in the Senate, Taylor lived abroad for two years as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Jamaica. When Taylor is not distributing bill sheets on the Senate floor, he can be found eating curried goat and oxtail whilst tending to his numerous bee stings. Taylor lives with his wife in Glendale.
Jason Helland is the Policy Director for the Colorado Senate Republicans – a position he has held since 2017. Mr. Helland is a member of the Colorado Bar and his church council. Additionally, Mr. Helland is an avid hockey fan who loves any opportunity to talk about last night’s games or trade rumors. A native from the Dakotas (North Dakota born, South Dakota raised), Mr. Helland now lives in Denver with his wife where the two can frequently be found reading or re-watching Harry Potter films.
Budgetary Policy Director
Elizabeth has worked for the Senate Republicans in various capacities since late 2014, and now serves as the Budgetary Policy Director. In her role she seeks to merge the caucus’s policy goals with the realities of the state budget. Time outside of the Joint Budget Committee is spent running (roads and trails, not campaigns), finding good food, and trying to learn Mandarin. Elizabeth and her husband live in Denver, Colorado.
Office Director & Executive Assistant to the Minority Leader
Jerry Wheeler joined the staff as Office Director and Executive Assistant to the Minority Leader. He brings to the position his experience of 21 years as a Legislative Aide to over a dozen legislators. He roots for the Rockies and is a major movie fan. He resides in Denver, and remains active in the Denver GOP where he has been a volunteer, district captain, and candidate.