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Monday, November 21, 2016

Introducing the new House GOP members
♦House GOP Employment Opportunities   
♦Recent Press  
♦In the News    ♦Tweets of the Week   ♦Capitol Pictures
Introducing our newest House GOP members

Susan Beckman (HD 38)

Susan has been a businesswoman who worked in the private sector for many years, a public servant who worked to make state government more accountable to taxpayers, a stay-at-home mom who instilled the values of hard work and charity in her kids, and an elected official who served as an Arapahoe County Commissioner from 2001-2013. She has lived in House District 38 for over 30 years, and is a wife, a mother to two wonderful children, and a proven leader.

Phil Covarrubias (HD 56)

While in the Marines, Phil served as a combat engineer in South America. He earned the great honor of being a marksmanship instructor for all ranks of soldiers from new recruits to battalion commanders. After being honorably discharged from the Marines in 1990, Phil helped his father build his construction company, CCSI, and currently works as a foreman with Xcel Energy.

Kimmi Lewis (64)

Kimmi has been a lifelong Republican. She was registered to vote at 18 years old and served as an election clerk that same year. She has held every office except treasurer in the Las Animas County Republican Party. She has been part of the Trinidad/Las Animas County Republican Women’s Club for thirty years, including serving as president for three years and three terms as secretary. Additionally, she served one two-year term as the Chair for Senate District 2. Kimmi has devoted substantial time and money advocating for agriculture and private property rights, and continues to own and operate Muddy Valley Ranch - raising USA beef!

Larry Liston (HD 16)

Larry retired in 2008 after 33 years as an Investment Executive, and was the first vice president for the Royal Bank of Canada:  RBC Wealth Management. He served eight years in the Colorado General Assembly from 2005-2012, during which he served as chairman and ranking member of the business committee, member of the local government committee, and ranking member of the state veterans and military affairs committee. During his years of service Larry was consistently recognized for his conservative leadership.

Hugh McKean (HD 51)

Hugh McKean has served on the New Vision Charter School Board as well as on the Thompson School District Master Planning Board, and has been serving the citizens of Ward Three in Loveland for the last seven years. In his time on the Loveland City Council, Hugh has been instrumental in the work of the Larimer County Open Lands Board, the Northern Colorado Regional Airport Commission, the Loveland Open Lands Commission, Parks and Recreation Board, Police Citizen’s Advisory Board, and the Economic Development Subcommittee. He has been a strong advocate for the redevelopment of the former Hewlett Packard site and is a charter member of the Northern Colorado Airport Commission.

Dave Williams (HD 15)

A deep commitment to faith, patriotism, and civic duty are the cornerstones of Dave's upbringing, as well as continual sources of strength and guidance. Dave currently serves as Vice-President of Logistics for his family-owned and operated company where he helps bring businesses together to find tailored solutions for their customers. Additionally, Dave served as Vice-Chairman of the El Paso County Republican Party.

In The News

  • House Republicans chose Patrick Neville of Castle Rock, one of the Capitol's strongest conservatives, to lead their caucus. Senate Republicans elected Kevin Grantham of Cañon City as president of the state Senate, while Senate Democrats re-elected Lucia Guzman of Denver as their minority leader, The GOP retained its one-seat majority, 18-17, in the Senate on Election Day, while house Democrats expanded their House majority by three seats, to 37-28. (“Colorado General Assembly chooses leaders for each party, each house ,” Colorado Springs Gazette, 11/14/2016)

  • Volunteer drivers will be taxed by the mile instead of for each gallon of gas during a four-month pilot program starting in December. The transportation department's program will involve 100 recruits who will theoretically pay 1.2 cents for each mile they drive, the Denver Post reported. "It would be similar to electricity and water — you pay for what you use," department spokeswoman Amy Ford said. "This is about fairness." (“Colorado to test taxing drivers per mile,” Colorado Springs Gazette, 11/14/2016)

  • Colorado employers added 6,000 payroll jobs in October, and the state's unemployment rate edged down a tenth of a point from the previous month, to 3.5 percent, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment reported Friday. The state's private-sectofar employers added 6,900 jobs last month, while public-sector jobs declined by 900, CDLE said. (“Colorado gains 6,000 jobs; unemployment edges down to 3.5%,” Denver Business Journal, 11/18/2016

Tweets of the Week

Perry Buck @PerryBuck4HD49

To our true heroes. Let's celebrate our veterans today and every day.
Thank you to our son, Cody who is a Captain in the army and stationed at Fort Carson and thank you to my father, Bill Webster for his service. God Bless our military serving and to those who have served this incredible country!  

Polly Lawrence @PollyLawrenceCO

Thank you to MADD for honoring me as the 2016 Legislative Champion.  

Jon Becker @RepJBecker

Do you want government invading your car now? I say NO! CDOT announces Road Usage Charge Pilot Research Program…  

Capitol Pictures

Representative Lois Landgraf (R-Colorado Springs) volunteering at the Military Order of the Purple Heart's
Thanksgiving Celebration dinner. 
Representative Perry Buck (R-Sterling) and Congressman Ken Buck attending the annual Northridge Marine JROTC Birthday Ball at Northridge High School. 
Representative J. Paul Brown (R- Ignacio) along with three other family generations attending the  98th annual Colorado Farm Bureau Meeting. 

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