Legislators’ Report Card: The Go-To Democrats

As part of our final legislative report card series, Colorado Confidential asks: Which Democrats had the most success getting their bills passed this session?


Taking tie scores into consideration, 12 legislators made our top list of most effective Democratic legislators. As noted in our previous stories on the legislators’ report card, this is a measure of who did well at getting bills signed by Gov. Ritter, not a measure of success or power.

Just three House Dems made the list, since senators have the advantage of an abundance of House bills needing co-sponsors. All three representatives racked up points by sponsoring more than 10 bills, which was unusual in the House.

Those in the top 10 represent a wide swath of the state.  From Sen. Abel Tapia of Pueblo to Sen. Bob Bacon of Ft. Collins to Sen. Jim Isgar of Hesperus, it’s not just Denver metro lawmakers on list, although a number of them do appear.

It’s no secret that freshmen legislators and those from tough districts are sometimes given softball bills to carry, and that can work out to a high score on our report card. So can sponsoring a large number of bills.

Freshman Sen. Gail Schwartz of Snowmass Village, for instance, won her district last year with just 51% of the vote and saw all of her 11 bills signed by the governor.

Read the rest of our legislators’ report card series:
Pass/Fail: Colorado State Legislators’ Final Report Card
Colorado’s Top 10 Senators
Colorado’s Top 10 Representatives
Colorado’s Least Effective Senators
Colorado’s Least Effective Representatives
The Go-To Republicans


  1. I am sending this to all Colorado Legislators to ask that everyone put their politics aside and address the real dangers Colorado citizens will be exposed to in the event we allow the refugees to continue flooding this glorious State of Colorado and our Nation! Ten thousand have just arrived in New Orleans (see video link below)!!!

    Please Vote Against this Invasion, especially knowing what is happening in Paris, France. I think we learned during 9/11/01, we are not immune to attacks!

    Please Support HR3314
    Resettlement Accountability National Security Act of 2015

    This bill prohibits the admission of refugees into the United States until Congress passes a joint resolution giving the Department of Homeland Security authority to resume admitting refugees.
    Requires the Government Accountability Office to report to Congress on refugees who received benefits under any of the following programs:
    Medicare, Medicaid, disability insurance under title II of the Social Security Act, the supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP, formerly the food stamp program), and section 8 rental assistance.

    and “places immediate suspension on allowing immigrants into the United States under the refugee resettlement program, until the Government Accountability Office (GAO) completes a thorough examination of its
    costs on federal, state and local governments.”

    You must watch this 19 minute video to the end. If this doesn’t make you see the real and present danger, I don’t know what it will take. Don’t allow any Colorado citizen, or any of your family, to be threatened, intimidated, injured or harmed in any way before you come to the realization a vast mistake has been made by granting these refugees the privilege to set foot in the USA. Our citizenry comes first!

    You took an oath to protect ALL citizens, no matter the political affiliation!!!!



    Have you discovered how much it is costing us to transport these people to the USA?
    Do you know how much it will cost to house them, feed them, medicate them?
    How will they assimilate into our culture?
    How many different languages do they speak?
    How will they support themselves? Jobs are already scarce for US citizens.
    In the above videos, how many women and children do you really see among the hundreds of young men?
    Europe has come to realize the huge mistake they’ve made. Do we want to copy their model?

    A Citizen of Colorado concerned for everyone’s future!
    Fran Winkler

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