Scott will try to replace Sen. King in Statehouse

Rep. Ray Scott is the first domino to fall in the gap created by Sen. Steve King’s decision Thursday to run for Mesa County Sheriff.

The Grand Junction Republican said he will announce later today his intention to replace King in the Colorado Senate, which will leave open the House District 55 seat he currently holds.

“I’ve represented (HD) 54 for a couple of years and now I’ve represented (HD) 55, so it seems like a natural step to represent the entire area because I’ve done it,” Scott said. “People have encouraged me to do it, so I guess I’m going to go ahead and do it.”

Scott was first elected to the Colorado House in 2010, when King left that seat to go to the Senate. At the time, HD54 stretched from the eastern side of Grand Junction to the Grand Mesa to the western end of Delta County.

But when legislative district lines were redrawn in 2011, Scott became the representative for HD55, which primarily includes the entire city. The redrawn HD54, now represented by freshman Rep. Jared Wright, includes the rest of the county and the western half of Delta County.

“I personally feel like we have a great shot at getting a majority in the Senate because of all kinds of factors,” Scott said. “There’s a lot of things we could get accomplished if we could get a majority there.”

Democrats now hold a five-seat lead in the 35-member Senate. As a result, the GOP only needs to win three seats to get the majority, and are hopeful that two of them will turn later this year.

That’s because Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs and Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo, both Democrats, will face recall elections in September, primarily over their votes in favor of controversial gun-control bills approved by the Legislature this year.

To date, no one else has announced an intention to challenge Scott, either as another Republican in a primary race or a Democrat in the general election.

Still, there are a few Democrats whose names have surfaced as possible replacements to Scott in his House seat, including Grand Junction attorney Dan Robinson, who lost a bid for that same seat in last year’s elections.


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As I predicted yesterday, from one embarrassment to another.  Scott has done NOTHING for his district.  Nada.  So let’s reward him with a promotion.

I have talked with Scott on three or four occasions, usually at school functions and involving children’s education here in Mesa County.  He always listened to all points of view and gave his view points.  I found him to be thoughtful and reasonable.  Since Ralph D’andrea stated that Scott has done nothing for his district I looked up and copied the committee’s Scott is on and bills he has sponsored.  As far I know his has always been present and on the job for his district in Denver.

Committee Assignments

  House Transportation and Energy Committee - Ranking Member
  House State and Military Affairs Committee
  Chairman Uranium Mill Tailings Oversight Committee
  Commission Member of the Fireman and Policeman’s Pension Fund
  House Legal Services Committee
  Member of The Energy Council

Sponsored Legislation – 2011/2012 Session - Sponsored or co-Sponsored over 140 bills in 2012.

Bills of Note

  HB11-1223 Reorganization of COGCC
  HB11-1271 Remove Tiered Rates For Electric Utility Customers
  HB12-1329 Removal of Public Trustee Appointments
  HB12-1051 Older Motor Vehicles Rebuilt From Salvage
  HB12-1107 Grand Valley Drainage Dist Excavation Exemption
  HB12-1121 PUC Hearings Utility Ratepayers’ Bill Of Rights
  HB12-1244 SOS Create Inventory Of Local Govs & Agents

“Present and on the job” is a lot different than actually getting something done.  Give him an award for attendance.

Scott has sponsored or co-sponsored over 140 bills in the last session.  So Ralph, where is your proof that Scott has done NOTHING for his district??

Cosponsoring 140 bills simply means putting your name on them after they pass.  Of the 7 bills he was House prime sponsor of, four of them died in committee.  Of the ones that passed, I’m sure the people of Mesa County are thrilled about “PUC Oversight Of Rail Fixed Guideway System”,“Highway Vehicle Weight Limits”, and the ever popular “Petroleum Storage Tank Redevelopment Fund.”  Scott is an insignificant back-bencher.

Ray Scott will be a great State Senator.  He gets things done, cares about the education of our children and is a dedication public servant.

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