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.Read More >
Preparing for the 2014 Legislative Session – 11/3/13
Christmas candy now sits on the store shelves instead of Halloween treats, so that tells me winter is on its way. My hope is that we have snow and plenty of it, not just for a white Christmas, but I’m anxiously wishing for a deep snowpack and spring weather that doesn’t melt it too quickly. [...]Read More >
Lessons of Gettysburg – 12/1/13
Colorado’s legislators work, theoretically, part-time, so while juggling meetings and constituent work, I try to fit in other learning experiences that expand my knowledge and abilities as a legislator. I was fortunate to have a couple of those opportunities in November. Early in November, I was invited to join a dozen legislative leaders from across [...]Read More >
Learning From Difficult Times – 10/6/2013
Dropping temperatures and fall colors signal our advance into autumn, with winter around the corner. For me, September was spent partly home in Durango and partly back in Denver attending interim committee meetings. Spending the summer in my district, meeting with my constituents provided me much needed respite from last session’s turmoil and I’m now [...]Read More >
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 interim from mid-May through December, you can reach me at my home number, (970)259-1589, or by email at email@example.com or use the Contact Me form located on this website.
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