GOP names Wright panel’s ranking member
DENVER — In a move perhaps more about image than actual practical impact, House GOP leaders have named Rep. Jared Wright the ranking Republican on the House Local Government Committee.
The Fruita Republican, who’s facing a three-way race in his first re-election bid, has only been on the committee one year, during the first year of his first term.
“In this new position, I will have a greater voice to speak out against the un-funded mandates that have been continually placed on local governments around our state by Democrat leadership in the House,” Wright in a statement. “We need to keep local dollars in these local communities rather than sending them up to the state government.”
Practically speaking, a so-called ranking minority member on a committee is a distinction that carries no weight or authority. Normally, it is reserved for members who have far more experience in the Legislature.
Additionally, the use of “ranking members” is something Colorado legislative Republicans have emulated from Congress only in recent years.
In addition to serving on the local government panel, Wright was moved from the House Judiciary Committee to the House Business, Labor, Economic & Workforce Development Committee. That happened when Rep. Brian DelGrosso, R-Loveland, left the committee to become House minority leader, replacing Rep. Mark Waller, R-Colorado Springs, who quit the position to focus more on his bid for Colorado Attorney General.