A look at Colorado's newly elected legislature and its likely fiscal focus in 2021
Democratic state lawmakers boosted their majority in the state Senate by one seat and maintained their strong numbers in the House after balloting ended Tuesday.
But new House leadership, 16 new lawmakers, a continuing pandemic and the budget fallout from a voter-approved tax cut may make for challenging times in the 2021 General Assembly.
Senate Democrats will hold a 20-15 majority, after Democrat Chris Kolker won an open Senate seat in Centennial vacated by a retiring Republican.
In the House, the Democratic majority will remain 41-24 after the party picked up one seat in the Denver suburbs but lost a district in Pueblo, preliminary results show.
Even though Democrats picked up a seat in the state Senate, Republican strategists and legislative leaders cheered two apparent victories by GOP incumbents who faced costly challenges.
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