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Legislative Year: 2018 Change

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Democrat Crisanta Duran of Denver will be speaker of the House in the 2017 legislature, while Republican Kevin Grantham of Canon City will lead the Senate as president.

The four party caucuses of the legislature met at the Capitol to elect their leaders for the upcoming session. The majority caucuses in each chamber nominate the speaker and president, who will be formally elected after the session convenes next Jan. 11.

Tuesday’s general election left Republicans with 18-17 control of the Senate while Democrats increased their House majority to 37-28.

All four meetings were good-humored affairs with a bit of a first-day-of-school atmosphere. There also was a lot of chatter about “new political realities,” both nationally and at the statehouse. Most leadership position were uncontested, but there were a few “races,” including for majority and minority leaders in the House, for Senate majority leader and for the House GOP slot on the Joint Budget Committee.

Here are the new leadership rosters:

House Democrats

  • Duran - speaker
  • KC Becker of Boulder - majority leader
  • Alec Garnett of Denver - assistant majority leader
  • Brittany Pettersen of Lakewood - whip
  • Jovan Melton of Aurora - deputy whip
  • Daneya Esgar of Pueblo - caucus chair
  • Jeni Arndt of Fort Collins - assistant caucus chair
  • Two members of the JBC will be named later but are expected to be Millie Hamner of Dillon and Dave Young of Greeley

House Republicans

  • Patrick Neville of Castle Rock - minority leader
  • Cole Wist of Centennial - assistant minority leader
  • Perry Buck of Windsor - whip
  • Lori Saine of Dacono - caucus chair
  • Bob Rankin of Carbondale - JBC member

Senate Republicans

  • Grantham - president
  • Jerry Sonnenberg of Sterling - president pro tempore
  • Chris Holbert of Parker - majority leader
  • Ray Scott of Grant Junction - assistant majority leader
  • John Cooke of Greeley - whip
  • Vicki Marble of Fort Collins - caucus chair
  • Kent Lambert of Colorado Springs – JBC member
  • Kevin Lundberg of Berthoud – JBC member

Senate Democrats

  • Lucia Guzman of Denver - minority leader
  • Leroy Garcia of Pueblo - assistant minority leader
  • Mike Merrifield of Colorado Springs - whip
  • Lois Court of Denver - caucus chair
  • Dominick Moreno of Commerce City – JBC member

-- Todd Engdahl

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