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.
Colorado has a part-time, citizen legislature. This means I don’t have a district office or any staff other than a part-time legislative aide, who works with me only during the session from January to May. Our annual salary is $30,000/year and we don’t have a budget for hiring help on our own. However, when the legislature is out of session, I am still on the job, as much as possible, attending meetings in my district and around Colorado, talking with my constituents and learning more about their daily lives and the challenges they face. I attend legislative conferences and am on several legislative committees, so I’m often on the road for legislative duties even when the session in Denver has adjourned.
Constituent contact is critically important for me to do my job well and I encourage my constituents to get in touch with me on issues 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, year-round, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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