Colorado General Assembly chooses leaders
November 11, 2016
COLORADO SPRINGS — Democrats elected the state's first Latina speaker of the house Thursday, choosing Crisanta Duran of Denver, as the parties selected their chamber leaders for the next two sessions of the Colorado General Assembly.
House Republicans chose Patrick Neville of Castle Rock, one of the Capitol's strongest conservatives, to lead their caucus. The move was a surprise, as Rep. Polly Lawrence from the Douglas County side of Littleton, was thought to be a front-runner. Lawrence requested not to be nominated.
Senate Republicans elected Kevin Grantham of Canon City as president of the state senate, while senate Democrats re-elected Lucia Guzman of Denver as their minority leader,
The GOP retained its one-seat majority, 18-17, in the senate on Election Day, while house Democrats expanded their majority by three seats to 37-28.
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