Breaking down the leadership roles of the 2023 Colorado General Assembly 

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: November 18, 2022

Leadership positions within the legislature have been set for the upcoming legislative session, which is scheduled to convene on Jan. 9. Democrats now hold a 23-12 majority in the state Senate and a 46-19 supermajority in the House of Representatives. Leadership elections within each of the four legislative caucuses were held shortly after Election Day. Stephen Fenberg will continue as president of the Senate, while Julie McCluskie was chosen as the new Speaker of the House. The outgoing Speaker, Alec Garnett, was recently named Gov. Polis’ new Chief of Staff. The Children’s Campaign is proud to have partnered with several members in leadership in the past, and we look forward to working with all incoming officials during the next legislative session. Find a full list of the new leadership assignments below.  

State Senate Leadership 

  • President of the Senate: Stephen Fenberg (D-Boulder) 
  • President Pro Tempore: James Coleman (D-Denver) 
  • Majority Leader: Dominick Moreno (D-Adams) 
  • Assistant Majority Leader: Robert Rodriguez (D-Denver) 
  • Majority Caucus Chair: Janet Buckner (D-Arapahoe) 
  • Majority Whip: Julie Gonzales (D-Denver) 
  • Minority Leader: Paul Lundeen (R-El Paso) 
  • Assistant Minority Leader: Bob Gardner (R-El Paso) 
  • Minority Caucus Chair: Jim Smallwood (R-Douglas) 
  • Minority Whip: Barbara Kirkmeyer (R-Weld) 
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The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child wellbeing in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child wellbeing and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. For more information, please visit