Rachel Zenzinger for Colorado Senate District 19
Rachel Zenzinger
Colorado Senate
January 16, 2017
71st General Assembly convenes

This week began the first session of the 71st General Assembly. The week was very busy with lots of exciting events and gatherings. I was officially sworn in as your Senator and we had a wonderful open house here at the Capitol where several members of the district came in support.

I was honored to play a small part in the opening ceremony as a member of the Senate Committee to inform the Governor that we were organized and ready for business. His reply message to the Senate was that he was looking forward to working with us and "blindly optimistic" that we will all come together and work in a bipartisan manner this session. 

At my desk on the floor of the Senate just prior to the swearing-in ceremony.

Speaking of the Governor, I was present for the annual State of the State address where the Governor touched on several significant priorites such as transportation, education, and healthcare.  According to Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman, the Governor's speech was spot on, and aligned with the priorities Senate Democrats will have for this session:

"From addressing transportation funding, to a bipartisan solution on construction defects, to taking a fresh look at the issue of the Hospital Provider Fee, I agree with how important it is that we get something done this session, and not kick the can down the road as the Governor said," said Sen. Guzman. 

It was wonderful to see many of you this past week and we are looking forward to getting this session off to a great start!

Senators Sonnenberg, Tate & Zenzinger notifying the Governor, Lt. Governor and staff that the Senate is organized & ready for business on opening day.
Celebrating MLK Day

It's an honor to recognize today one of the many individuals that helped move our great country forward--Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I hope everyone took a moment during this holiday to reflect on our past and make a commitment toward improving our future. 

Due to the weather, the Zenzinger clan holed up at home, missing one of our favorite events, the Marade. But we still celebrated by choosing some of our favorites quotes and making posters to decorate the office at the Capitol. 

"The time is always right to do what is right." MLK

"True leaders work for peace." MLK
Rachel Zenzinger
Rachel Zenzinger won election to the Colorado State Senate, representing District 19, in November 2016. Previously, she served in the same capacity during the 2014 legislative session. During the upcoming, 71st General Assembly, she will serve on the Senate Education Committee, Transportation Committee and the Student Safety and Youth in Crisis Committee.
Monthly Bi-partisan Arvada/Westminster Town Meeting  

We are looking forward to meeting many of you at some of our upcoming events. Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp, Rep. Lang Sias and myself are conducting a bipartisan Arvada/Westminster Town Meeting this coming Saturday, January 21 from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm at the Standley Lake Public Library. The topic of this meeting will be CDOT, where we will discuss HOV3 and the commuter rail. Doors will open at 10:00 so that you can get there early and grab a seat!

Cathy Blake, Jim & Martha Sullivan with Sen. Zenzinger opening day
Tracking your Senator
I had the privilege of meeting with Ashlee Elmont of the Colorado Optometric Association to discuss upcoming legislative issues... I attended the joint House and Senate Education SMART Act hearing last Tuesday, where we heard presentations from both K-12 and higher education about their legislative priorities... that same day I attended Colorado Succeeds' annual "Great Schools are Great Business" luncheon.... the Opening Day fesitivities included several receptions hosted by various industry groups and community organizations, the most notable of which was the Colorado Restaurant Association's legislative reception where we bumped into past president of the Westminster Chamber, Sean Kaiser... I attended both the State of the State address, presented by Governor John Hickenlooper, and the State of the Judiciary address, presented by Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice, Nancy Rice
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Denver, CO 80203
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