No Special Session on Oil & Gas Initiatives – Voters, Do Your Homework Before Voting! – 7/16/14

Since we left the Denver Capitol in early May, legislators have been kept in suspense as to whether we’d be called back this summer by the governor for a special session on oil and gas issues, as framed by some proposed ballot initiatives. The governor has just declared that he’s been unsuccessful in getting agreement [...]

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Beyond the Fireworks and Barbeques – thanks, Franklin, for the reminder

This from a thoughtful constituent of mine who served his country faithfully and with all his heart – FOOD FOR THOUGHT—-ALL OF OUR POLITICIANS SHOULD BE “ENCOURAGED ” TO READ THIS— Franklin Subject: Our 4th of July I am sure you have seen this before but it bears repeating, especially in today’s times. Our 4th [...]

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Rejecting Fear-Based Rubberstamping – 6/15/14

The legislative session has been out for little over a month and it’s terrific to be home. I’ve already been to lots of meetings and activities in the district to catch up with what’s being going on since last winter and I’ve spoken to a number of groups to provide an overview of what occurred [...]

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Proud to receive the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts’ 2013 Legislator of the Year Award

Award presented by Colorado Association of Conservation Districts to Senator Ellen Roberts for outstanding service to the State of Colorado and continuous support of conservation programs protecting Colorado’s natural resources. Award presented by Gary Thrash and Tom Hartnett, both of the La Plata Conservation District, on December 2, 2013.

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Hello from Ellen Roberts, senator for Colorado State Senate District 6, covering Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata,  Montezuma, Montrose, Ouray, San Juan and San Miguel counties in beautiful Southwest Colorado.  Welcome to my website!

My senate legislative district covers eight counties in Southwest Colorado.   District 6 is very diverse, geographically and politically. Like my former House District, with almost every issue that presents itself at the legislature, there’s definitely not consensus among the people back home as to how to vote on it or even if a bill has any merit at all.  That’s part of the challenge of my job, but part of the fun, too, because there are lots of different people in my area.

During the legislative session from early January to mid-May, my approach is to take in as much information as I can, both facts and opinions, combine that with my knowledge of the district and my own principles and values, and then vote.  When it comes to voting, there’s only a yes or a no – we don’t get the luxury of voting “yes, in this situation, but no, if the situation’s different”.  It’s a pretty stark choice, yet it’s what I signed up to do on your behalf.

When the legislature is out of session, I am still on the job, traveling around the district talking with my constituents and learning more about their daily lives and the challenges they face in this difficult economy. I attend legislative conferences and am on several legislative committees, so I’m often on the road for legislative duties even though the session in Denver has adjourned.

Constituent contact is critically important for me to do my job well and I want to encourage all of my constituents to get in touch with me on an issue of concern or to let me know of problems you may be having with Colorado’s state government. Unfortunately, I can’t solve every problem, but I’ll do my best in trying. During the session from mid-January to mid-May, you can reach me at the Denver Capitol, (303)866-4884, or by email at or use the Contact Me form located on this website.

Thanks for visiting my website!