Opening Day Beckman

State Rep. Susan Beckman, R-Littleton, during opening day of the Colorado General Assembly at the state Capitol on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Denver.

Colorado state Rep. Susan Beckman, R-Littleton, announced Friday she is resigning, effective immediately, to join the Trump administration.

She becomes the third member of the Colorado House to join the Trump administration in a regional position. That group includes former Reps. Clarice Navarro-Ratzlaff, R-Pueblo, and Dan Nordberg, R-Colorado Springs. Navarro-Ratzlaff is the executive director of the Colorado Farm Service Agency, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Nordberg was named regional administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

The lawmaker is in her sixth year in the Colorado House representing House District 38, which includes Bow Mar, Centennial, Columbine, Columbine Valley and Littleton.

In 2018, Beckman eked out a narrow win over Democrat Chris Kolker, with a margin of less than 0.5% out of 47,954 votes cast, or 374 votes. 

That's made Beckman a target for Democrats for November. On Thursday night at the Senate District 31 vacancy committee meeting, Arapahoe County Democratic Party Chair Kristin Mallory told attendees that "we are very focused on HD38. Susan Beckman in Littleton has got to go."

Beckman has worked for the Colorado Department of Human Services, served on Littleton City Council and three terms as an Arapahoe County Commissioner prior to her election to the House.

A year ago, Beckman made a run for the GOP state party chair but lost to eventual winner U.S. Rep. Ken Buck, R-Windsor. 

She also has shown an interest in the past in joining the Joint Budget Committee.

House Minority Leader Patrick Neville, R-Castle Rock, said in a tweet that Beckman's departure "is a huge loss for the CO House of Representatives, but a major victory for our country. It's been an honor to serve with Rep. Beckman. We wish her luck in her new position and we look forward to watching her bright future."

With her resignation, Beckman becomes the 10th lawmaker in the 2019-20 sessions to step down. Her resignation also means women are no longer in the majority in the Colorado House, and now evenly split with men at 32-32. 

A GOP vacancy committee from House District 38 will choose her replacement.

Colorado Politics reporters Michael Karlik and Ernest Luning contributed to this report.

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