Tuesday, April 24, 2001
Amy Jewett Sampson
OWENS ANNOUNCES REAPPORTIONMENT APPOINTMENTS
– Governor Bill Owens today announced the appointment of Heather Witwer of
Denver, Larry Trujillo of Pueblo, and Jeff Wells of Colorado Springs to the
Colorado Reapportionment Commission.
Witwer served as deputy legal counsel to Owens from January 1999 to January
2001. She received her law degree
from the University of Chicago in 1997 and was with the Denver law firm of Holme
Roberts & Owen from 1997 to 1999.
Trujillo currently is the executive director of the Colorado Department of
General Support Services. He served
in the Colorado House of Representatives from 1983 to 1986 and the State Senate
from 1987 to 1993 representing Pueblo County.
He was Senate Democratic Minority Leader from 1990 to 1993.
Wells currently is deputy director of the Colorado Department of Labor and
Employment. He served in the State
Senate from 1983 to 1999 representing Colorado Springs and was Senate Majority
Leader from 1987 to 1999.
Colorado Reapportionment Commission consists of four members appointed by the
state legislature, three members appointed by the governor, and four members
appointed by the chief justice of the Colorado Supreme Court, for a total of 11
members. The commission will
redistrict Colorado’s 65 state house seats and 35 state senate seats based on
the 2000 census.
state legislature was required by law to appoint members by April 15.
House Speaker Doug Dean of Colorado Springs appointed State
Representative Mark Paschall of Arvada; House Minority Leader Dan Grossman of
Denver appointed himself; Senate Majority Leader Bill Thiebaut of Pueblo
appointed himself; and Senate Minority Leader John Andrews of Centennial
appointed State Senator Mark Hillman of Burlington.
governor was required to make his appointments by April 25.
Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey is required to make her appointments by May
5. State law requires each of
Colorado’s current six congressional districts be represented on the
commission and it also requires at least one member be from west of the
continental divide. The commission
can have no more than six members of any one political party.
Return to Office of the Governor - Press Office.
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