Colorado House, Senate GOP elect new leadership

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Published Friday, November 11, 2022
by Derek Draplin

(The Center Square) - Colorado House and Senate Republicans elected new leadership Thursday.

The House Republican caucus elected Rep. Mike Lynch, R-Wellington, as minority leader to succeed former Rep. Hugh McKean, who passed away from a heart attack at his home in Loveland last month. McKean laid in state at the Capitol's rotunda Thursday.

Lynch said in a statement that Republican House candidates got 952,889 votes in the general election this week.

"Each vote represents a Coloradan's faith in our ability in the House to make Colorado communities safer, education better, housing more available, and to reduce skyrocketing inflation - and we will not let them down," said Lynch, who was first elected in 2019 to serve House District 49.

The caucus also elected Rep-elect Rose Pugliese, a former Mesa County commissioner, as assistant minority leader; Rep. Richard Holtorf, R-Akron, as minority caucus whip; Rep. Mary Bradfield, R-Colorado Springs, as minority caucus chair; and Rep. Rod Bockenfeld, R-Watkins, on the Joint Budget Committee.

In the Senate, Republicans elected Sen. Paul Lundeen, R-Monument, as minority leader; Sen. Bob Gardner, R-Colorado Springs, as assistant minority leader; Sen. Barbara Kirkmeyer, R-Weld County, as minority whip; and Sen. Jim Smallwood, R-Parker, as caucus chair.

Lundeen succeeds term-limited Sen. John Cooke, R-Greeley, as minority leader. 

"There is ample work that must be done," Lundeen said. "Colorado remains unaffordable, our schools continue to fail, and crime is continuing to climb. I am eager to introduce our solutions that will address these problems and bring some relief to the People of Colorado." may earn an affiliate commission if you purchase products or services through links in an article. Prices, when displayed, are accurate at the time of publication but may change over time. Commissions do not influence editorial independence.

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