Owen Hill had state Senate District 10 all to himself today for about, oh, three hours so. Hill announced his decision to switch from running for a state House seat to run in the newly drawn SD 10 late this morning. But now he has a challenger.
Rep. Larry Liston, who has represented House District 16 since 2005, announced this afternoon that he has his sights set on the Senate seat.
Declaring Liston "a champion of business," his press statement boasts that he was named "Legislator of the Year by the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce in 2010," and that he "currently serves as the Chairman of the House Economic and Business Development."
"I am very excited to have an opportunity to serve my constituents of HD 16, as well as the new people in Senate District 10,” said Liston in the statement. “I am committed to continuing my efforts to improve our economy and help businesses provide quality jobs for our citizens."
From his statement:
Among the bills that Liston successfully sponsored, a major achievement was the passage of HB08-1198, legislation that gives an income tax credit to taxpayers who hire employees with developmental disabilities.
Liston also introduced and passed HB11-1288, the Colorado Unemployment Insurance Act to restore the financial solvency of the Colorado Unemployment Trust Fund. The measure will enable the fund to overcome a deficit of $531 million, and is expected to reach solvency by 2013, if not earlier.
The legislator has also served on the State, Veteran and Military Affairs Committee since 2005. He has fought decades to protect gun rights, states’ rights, unborn children and free enterprise, and to thwart state government spending and taxation.
Liston ventured into politics and public policy as precinct committeeman for the El Paso County Republican Party, graduated in the inaugural class of the Republican Leadership Program in 1989, and was elected Vice Chairman of the Colorado Republican Party in 2001. He has served as the party’s House District 16 chairman since 1997.
Liston has earned the reputation of a relentless campaigner, walking door-to-door, visiting with constituents, posting thousands of yard signs and working for his election as well as other Republican candidates.
The Colorado Supreme Court approved the reapportionment map submitted by Democrats on Monday, creating an open seat in Senate District 10. The seat had been held by Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman, but new district boundaries place him in District 12, a seat held by state Sen. Keith King, R- Colorado Springs.
After graduating from Wasson High School in Colorado Springs in 1970, Liston attended Colorado State University where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration and a minor in Political Science. After a successful career in the investment business with RBC Wealth Management, a firm he joined in 1977, he retired as First Vice President.
Liston has been a member of the Downtown Rotary Club of Colorado Springs since 1985, and has served a four-year term on the El Paso County Highway Advisory Committee, and the Board of Directors of the Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross.
He and his wife Mary Ann Liston have been married for 34 years, and have a daughter Katarina. They are long time members of the First Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs.