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Pueblo Democrat chosen as president of Colorado Senate

Posted at 3:15 PM, Nov 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-08 17:15:15-05

DENVER – Pueblo Democrat Leroy Garcia will serve as president of a Colorado Senate.

Sen. Garcia was chosen Thursday afternoon to lead by a 19 member Democratic Senate caucus. Democrats took control of the Colorado Senate, House and Governor office in Tuesday’s midterm election.

Sen. Lois Court of Arapahoe County was named president pro-tem. Sen. Steve Fenberg of Boulder County and Sen.-elect Faith Winter of Westminster were elected majority leader and caucus chair, respectively.

When the Senate convenes in January Democrats will hold a 19-16 majority.

Republican Chris Holbert of Douglas County will serve as minority leader in the 2019 legislative session.

Republicans also chose Sen. John Cooke of Greeley as assistant minority leader and Sen. Vicki Marble of Fort Collins as GOP caucus chair.

In the Democrat-led House, Rep. Patrick Neville of Douglas County remains minority leader. Rep. Kevin Van Winkle of Highlands Ranch was chosen assistant minority leader. Firestone Rep. Lori Saine becomes GOP caucus chair.