Lois Tochtrop can keep her title. The Democratic senator from Thornton was crowned Queen of the Co-Sponsors after our midterm report card, and she ended the session as the primary co-sponsor of 29 House bills, more than any other senator. It’s an astounding number considering that only 15 of 35 senators co-sponsored more than 10 bills. Brandon Shaffer, D-Longmont, was the second most popular co-sponsor with 21 House bills. Also at the top of the class in the Senate were Jennifer Veiga of Denver, Bob Bacon of Fort Collins, John Morse of Colorado Springs and Suzanne Williams of Aurora, all Democrats.
continued…The most popular Republican co-sponsor in the Senate was Steve Johnson of Fort Collins with 13 bills. Johnson seems to be the go-to Republican for House Democrats looking to reach across the aisle. Eleven of the House bills he carried were sponsored by Democrats, most often Jack Pommer of Boulder and Bernie Buescher of Grand Junction.
House members have fewer Senate bills to co-sponsor, so the go-to representative, Joe Rice, topped the list with just 12 bills. Three others sponsored 10 or more bills: Reps. Pommer, Buescher and Tom Massey of Poncha Springs. As the top Republican co-sponsor in the House, Massey partnered with Dems on nine of the 10 Senate bills he carried.
Read the rest of our legislators’ report card series:
Pass/Fail: Colorado State Legislators’ Final Report Card
Top 10 Senators
Colorado’s Top 10 Representatives
Colorado’s Least Effective Senators
Colorado’s Least Effective Representatives
The Go-To Republicans
So Many Days, So Few Bills