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Following Recall, Colorado's Newest GOP Lawmakers Sworn In

Bente Birkeland

Following the ousting of two State Senators in a historic first legislative recall for Colorado, their replacements were sworn in to big applause Thursday.

Senators Bernie Herpin (R-Colorado Springs) and George Rivera (R-Pueblo) are Colorado’s newest state lawmakers, replacing two Democratic state lawmakers, including former Senate President John Morse.

The recalls followed a bitter and divisive 2013 legislative session that included the passing of several bills to enact stricter gun laws.

Herpin pledged to work hard to restore constitutional rights, promote business and protect children. He also says he’ll never forget what got him into office saying, “That we work for the people.”

The Senate will now need to elect a new president. Democrats still hold a one seat majority. 

Bente Birkeland has been reporting on state legislative issues for KUNC and Rocky Mountain Community Radio since 2006. Originally, from Minnesota, Bente likes to hike and ski in her spare time. She keeps track of state politics throughout the year but is especially busy during the annual legislative session from January through early May.
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