Colorado State Government
Jared Polis is an entrepreneur, education leader, public servant, and Colorado native. Most recently, Jared served as the U.S. Representative for Colorado’s Second Congressional District. During his time in Congress, the Center for Effective Lawmaking ranked Jared the most effective member of Colorado’s House delegation due to his success working across the aisle to improve Colorado’s schools, protect public lands, and support startups and small businesses.
The Colorado Senate is comprised of 35 Senators who are elected to four-year terms. Each Senator is limited to serving two consecutive terms. The President presides over the Senate during the legislative session, after being chosen by the majority caucus and subsequently elected to that office by a majority vote of all the members of the Senate. Legislative session begins no later than the second Wednesday in January and lasts up to 120 calendar days.
Representatives are elected every two years from the district in which they live, and they are limited to serving eight consecutive years. Each Representative District consists of approximately 77,500 citizens. The Speaker of the House is elected by the full membership of the House. The General Assembly convenes each year no later than the second Wednesday in January and adjourns in May. Constitutionally legislative sessions may not exceed 120 calendar days.