2012 Elections Bring Changes to Colorado Legislature, School Districts
Date Posted: November 9, 2012
By now you’ve heard the big national news of Tuesday’s election. Here’s a summary of what happened in Colorado:
- National election: All seven of Colorado’s incumbent U.S. Representatives won reelection. Neither Sens. Mark Udall nor Michael Bennet were up for reelection.
- Colorado House of Representatives: Democrats added five additional seats on Tuesday and will enter the 2013 legislative session with a 37-seat majority. To the surprise of many political observers who believed that control of the Colorado House would remain thinly divided, Democrats won 10 of 11 of the most competitive races and gained a slightly stronger majority than was held by Republicans during the past two years.
- Colorado Senate: Democrats currently hold a 20-15 majority, and they increased their margin in the chamber by winning three of four competitive races.
- New lawmakers at the statehouse: With 32 sitting state lawmakers facing term limits, choosing to run for another office or retiring, it was guaranteed that Tuesday’s elections would see high turnover in the State House and Senate. However, the large number of competitive races and Democrats’ unexpectedly strong performance pushed the level of turnover even higher. With a total of 37 new state lawmakers—10 in the Senate and 27 in the House—more than a third of the membership in Colorado’s 100-seat legislature will be new.
- School Financing Ballot Measures: Bond and mill levies to increase financing for public schools passed in 29 Colorado school districts, including in the Denver, Aurora and Jefferson school districts.