Colorado is blue! For four years, the GOP used its one-seat majority in the state Senate to block progressive policies. Now, with a Democratic trifecta—led by the nation’s first openly gay governor and a newly flipped state Senate—Colorado can pass gun reform, protect reproductive rights, increase public education funding, and more.
Democrats flipped three seats to win control of the Colorado State Senate and held onto the state House and governor’s seat in the 2018 midterms.
CO House of Representatives
Made progress in 2018 65 seats up for election in 2020
CO State Senate
Flipped in 2018 18 seats up for election in 2020
CO Governor-Elect - Jared Polis (D)
Democrat Jared Polis defeated Republican Walker Stapleton and is the first openly gay man to be elected governor in the U.S.
Increase in drilling applications since 2017
With state oil and gas production hitting record highs, the environmental and health risks of close-proximity drilling have increasing importance. 3 Colorado cities voted to suspend or ban fracking, only to have their decisions overturned by the state Supreme Court in 2016.
Behind national average in emissions reduction
Colorado is not yet on track to meet its goals for reduction of statewide carbon dioxide emissions, lagging behind improvements made nationwide.
Funding deficit for schools since 2009
Colorado's consistent underfunding of its schools culminated in walkouts and strikes over two weeks in April and May 2018. Though teachers in one city achieved an overdue 2% pay raise, educators across the state continue to advocate for adequate school funding.