July 20, 2019

Chief Justice Bender Makes Final Four Appointments to Colorado Reapportionment Commission

On Wednesday, Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael L. Bender named his four appointments to the Colorado Reapportionment Commission, completing the eleven-member commission.

The Reapportionment Commission consists of eleven members, pursuant to the Colorado Constitution. The Senate Majority Leader, House Speaker, Senate Minority Leader, and House Minority Leader have all agreed to serve on the commission or have designated someone else to serve on the commission. The Governor appointed three members to the commission last week. And now, Chief Justice Bender has appointed the final four members.

Chief Justice Bender appointed the following individuals to the commission:

  • Dolores S. Atencio – A Democrat from Denver in the First Congressional District. Atencio is a partner at Garcia Calderon Ruiz, LLP, and practices litigation and employment law.
  • Mario M. Carrera – An unaffiliated voter from Parker in the Sixth Congressional District. Carrera is the vice president and general manager of Entravision Communications Corporation.
  • Robert D. Loevy – A Republican from Colorado Springs in the Fifth Congressional District. Loevy is a professor of political science and American government at Colorado College.
  • Steve Tool – A Republican from Windsor in the Fourth Congressional District.  Tool is a former state legislator where he served on the Joint Budget Committee.

Last week, Governor John Hickenlooper named his three appointments to the commission:

  • Gayle A. Berry – A Republican from Grand Junction in the Third Congressional District. Berry is a former state legislator.
  • Wellington Webb – A Democrat from Denver in the First Congressional District. Webb is a former Mayor of Denver.
  • Arnold Salazar – A Democrat from Alamosa in the Third Congressional District.

The Colorado Reapportionment Commission will work collaboratively to reset the borders of the state’s legislative districts.  This is separate from the redistricting work going on in the General Assembly to redraw the state’s Congressional districts. Additional information on the Colorado Reapportionment Commission is available here.

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