Published: January 6, 2014
REP. TONY EXUM
House District 17
Occupation: Retired Colorado Springs Fire battalion chief
Legislation: Exum said he will introduce a firefighter safety bill that came out of an interim committee dedicated to wildfires. The bill would create a grant program in which fire departments across the state could apply for funding for safety programs and equipment.
REP. BOB GARDNER
House District 20
Elected: 2006 (HD21), 2008 (HD21), 2010 (HD21), 2012 (HD20)
Legislation: Gardner said he will introduce a bill - among several others - that would make it easier for victims to receive restitution.
REP. JANAK JOSHI
House District 16
Elected: 2010 (HD14), 2012 (HD 16)
Occupation: Retired physician
Legislation: Joshi said he wants to use his background in medicine to help tackle several issues regarding health care and the rollout of Obamacare. Specifically, he wants to introduce a bill requiring those collecting personal information for the new health care system to be screened by background checks to prevent identity theft.
REP. PETE LEE
House District 18
Elected: 2010 and 2012
Occupation: Attorney, smallbusiness owner
Legislation: Lee said he is still looking into a way to address the shortage of qualified employees in Colorado - particularly in the fields of math and science - and is considering some type of a state-led or sponsored apprenticeship program.
REP. DAN NORDBERG
House District 14
Occupation: Former congressional staffer for Rep. Doug Lamborn
Legislation: Nordberg said he plans to introduce a bill exempting out-of-state workers who come to Colorado to work during declared emergencies from paying Colorado income taxes.
REP. MARK WALLER
House District 15
Elected: 2008, 2010, 2012
Legislation: Waller said this is the year for his felony DUI bill to become law. Last year it died in the Senate after it wasn't brought to a vote. The law would make it a felony if someone is convicted of a third DUI in seven years or a fourth DUI in their lifetime.
SEN. BILL CADMAN
Republican (House Minority Leader)
Senate District 12
Elected: 2007 (appointed SD10), 2008 (SD10), 2010 (SD10), 2012
Occupation: Business owner
Legislation: Cadman said he is working with the Senate president on privacy and security issues specific to Colorado, including things as simple as changing the amount of information required on vehicle registration cards, which state law dictates must be kept in cars and can be stolen.
SEN. BERNIE HERPIN
Senate District 11
Elected: 2013 (recall election)
Occupation: Retired from Lockheed Martin
Legislation: Herpin said he will introduce a bill creating mandatory 25-year sentences for anyone convicted with a sex crime with a minor under the age of 14, which is known as Jessica's Law. Similar legislation has failed in previous years.
SEN. OWEN HILL
Senate District 10
Occupation: Finance and economics
Legislation: Hill, who is running for U.S. Senate in 2014, said he wants to help health care reform in Colorado. Among his ideas is allowing anyone to pre-tax dollars to buy health insurance, not just those who are offered a plan through an employer.
SEN. KENT LAMBERT
Senate District 9
Elected: 2010, 2012
Occupation: Retired Air Force
Legislation: Lambert said there are a number of command and control issues with fighting wildfires in Colorado that need to be addressed. Among his ideas is to give counties in Colorado the authority to step in and take command of fighting a wildfire when they deem it necessary. Lambert said now a county can only take command when aid is requested by a local jurisdiction.