State of Colorado Government
The Colorado General Assembly is the state legislature of the State of Colorado. It is a bicameral legislature that was created by the 1876 state constitution. Its statutes are codified in the Colorado Revised Statutes.
The General Assembly consists of 100 members - 35 Senators and 65 Representatives. Senators serve four-year terms, while Representatives serve two-year terms. All members are limited to serving for eight consecutive years in their chamber - four terms for Representatives and two terms for Senators. As of the 2010 census, State Senators serve an average of 143,691 residents and State Representatives serve an average of 77,372 residents.
The President of the Senate, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Majority and Minority Leaders of each chamber serve as the primary leadership for the legislature. These six members are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the House and Senate as well as serving as the oversight authority for the legislative service agencies. Each house elects additional leadership positions as well.
The University of Denver’s nexus to the Colorado General Assembly is critical to advancing DUs interest as a local private university. DU fosters relationships with members of the General Assembly to protect Colorado Opportunity Funding for students, to increase opportunities for grant funds, and to ensure that the voice of private institutions is heard and considered along with the voices of public institution leaders to name a few. DU’s link to the Colorado General Assembly is supplemented by its engagement with Colorado’s Governor and the Colorado Department of Higher Education.
If you want to contact a member of Colorado’s General Assembly concerning a university matter, you must contact the Office of Government Relations and Community Affairs. If you want to contact a member of Colorado’s General Assembly concerning a non-university matter, you do not have to contact the Office of Government Relations and Community Affairs.