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Gazette Premium Content 2014 Colorado legislature: Representing from the Colorado Springs area

The Gazette - Published: January 6, 2014

REP. TONY EXUM

Democrat

House District 17

Elected: 2012

Age: 61

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

Republican

House District 20

Elected: 2006 (HD21), 2008 (HD21), 2010 (HD21), 2012 (HD20)

Age: 59

Occupation: Attorney

Legislation: Gardner said he will introduce a bill - among several others - that would make it easier for victims to receive restitution.

REP. JANAK JOSHI

Republican

House District 16

Elected: 2010 (HD14), 2012 (HD 16)

Age: 64

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

Democrat

House District 18

Elected: 2010 and 2012

Age: 66

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

Republican

House District 14

Elected: 2012

Age: 30

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

Republican

House District 15

Elected: 2008, 2010, 2012

Age: 44

Occupation: Attorney

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

Age: 53

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

Republican

Senate District 11

Elected: 2013 (recall election)

Age: 70

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

Republican

Senate District 10

Elected: 2012

Age: 31

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

Republican

Senate District 9

Elected: 2010, 2012

Age: 61

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.

Megan Schrader,megan.schrader@gazette.com

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