Republicans in the state Senate have announced the outcome of decisions on leadership roles for the 2012 session.
Winning the position of minority leader was Colorado Springs' own Sen. Bill Cadman. Last session, Cadman served as assistant minority leader under Sen. Mike Kopp. Kopp, as was reported widely earlier in the week, retired from the Senate after the death of his wife.
Thanks to the vote, the Springs is well-represented in the Senate, as Democrat John Morse serves as the majority leader.
The press release:
This morning the Senate Republicans met to elect their new leadership team for the 2012 legislative session. This election was held days after Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp announced his resignation from the State Senate in order to dedicate his time to his four children.
The Republican caucus elected Senator Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs, to the office of Senate Minority Leader, Senator Mark Scheffel, R-Parker, as the Assistant Senate Minority Leader, Senator Scott Renfroe, R-Greeley as the Republican Caucus Chairman and Senator Kevin Grantham, R-Canon City, to the position of Senate Minority Whip.
“I will truly miss working with Senator Kopp,” said Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman. “He is a great statesman, colleague and a personal friend. He has been an incredible leader who laid a solid foundation for our caucus to continue moving forward.
“Restoring our economy means jobs ... period. Our next legislative session needs to focus on removing barriers to business and impediments to prosperity.”