After Recalls, Colorado Senate Democrats Get a New Leader

For the second time in less than a year, Colorado Senate Democrats have elected new leadership, on Wednesday tapping Sen. Morgan Carroll as their choice for Senate president.
October 10, 2013
 

For the second time in less than a year, Colorado Senate Democrats have elected new leadership, on Wednesday tapping Sen. Morgan Carroll as their choice for Senate president.

Carroll, an Aurora Democrat who served as majority leader, was a unanimous choice and will become the second woman in state history to lead the Senate.

Sen. Rollie Heath, a Boulder Democrat, will be majority leader.

Carroll will need final confirmation as president from the entire Senate once it reconvenes in January. Democrats now hold a single-seat majority in the chamber.

The vote comes as the Democratic caucus reels from the recalls of former Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs and Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo.

Both Morgan Carroll and Rollie Heath were ousted from office in September in the wake of their support of stricter gun laws that Democrats passed in the last legislative session.

Another Democratic state senator, Evie Hudak of Westminster, is currently the subject of a renewed recall effort.

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