Penry still a force to be reckoned with

Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry’s announcement late last week that he will not seek re-election to his Senate post was not quite as surprising as his announcement of a few months ago, when he dropped out of the race for governor.

Still, it caught many people off guard. The Grand Junction Republican is, by his own admission, a young politician who has his sights set on higher office. To keep those goals in mind, it would seem that maintaining a powerful and highly visible position in the state Legislature would be important.

But Penry has also made it clear that his travels between Denver and Grand Junction while serving in the Legislature have been difficult on him and his family. He and his wife, Jamie, have two young children. Devoting more time to his family has been one of Penry’s stated goals for some time.

Furthermore, Penry said he expects to take an active role in trying to get his one-time boss and later political rival, Scott McInnis, elected governor and other Republicans elected to the state Legislature.

And there is the possibility, although Penry took pains to say no position has been offered, that he could work in some capacity in the McInnis administration if McInnis defeats Bill Ritter.

Whatever happens, we expect Penry will continue to play a key role in local and state politics. We expect to be writing news stories about Josh Penry for a long time to come.

Good luck, Josh, whatever the future holds.


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