This year’s election was widely projected to favor Republicans, but the balance of power in Colorado shifted further to the left this month, with Democrats picking up seats in both the state House and state Senate.
In the Colorado State Senate, Democrats appear to have picked up three seats – moving the Senate to a nearly veto-proof 23 Democrat to 12 Republican split. The Senate remains relatively stable with reasonably consistent leadership and only two new members without prior legislative experience. Sen. Steve Fenberg (D-Boulder) remains Senate President, and Sen. Paul Lundeen (R-Colorado Springs) Minority Leader.
In the Colorado State House, Democrats are projected to pick up five seats – yielding a veto-proof 46 Democrat to 19 Republican split. The Colorado House will likely face a big learning curve this year with all new leadership on both sides of the political aisle and 29 brand new members without prior legislative experience. Long-time dental champion, Rep. Julie McCluskie (D-Dillon), was elected to the top leadership position as Speaker of the House, and many additional friends of dentistry were selected for top leadership roles. The Republican House Minority caucus experience significant change with the unexpected passing of former Minority Leader Hugh McKean.
The Colorado Dental Political Action Committee and Small Donor Committee contributed in 63 districts up for election and supported 73 candidates. The PACs funded 91% of the participating candidates ultimately elected to office; only two house and two senate races were lost.
Below is a list of legislators supported by CODPAC for the 2022 election.
Plain Text = CODPAC Supported; Bold Text = CODPAC Endorsement; * = SDC Supported
Colorado Springs Vicinity
Rose Pugliese (R, H14 – Colorado Springs) *
Representative Steven Woodrow (D, H2 – Denver)
Junie Joseph (D, H10 – Boulder)
Ty Winter (R, H47 – Pueblo)
Representative Julie McCluskie (D, H13 – Summit) *
Please note that every attempt is made to maintain bipartisan balance in CODPAC and CDSDC endorsements and giving.