Andy Kerr (American politician)

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Andy Kerr
Kerr, Andrew - House.jpg
Member of the Colorado Senate
from the 22nd district
Incumbent
Assumed office
March, 2006
Preceded by Betty Boyd, Tim Neville
Personal details
Born (1968-10-21) October 21, 1968 (age 45)
Political party Democratic
Profession Teacher

Andy Kerr (born October 21, 1968) is an American politician from Colorado. A Democrat, he is a member of the Colorado Senate.

Kerr was first appointed to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2006,[1] he represented House District 26, which encompasses most of Lakewood, Colorado[2] from 2006 to 2012, at which point he was elected to the state senate, district 22.

Biography[edit]

Kerr attended Foothills Elementary School, Dunstan Middle School, and Green Mountain High School, all within HD 26. Kerr received a B.A. in Geography, an M.A. in Information and Learning Technologies, and an Administrative Leadership and Policy Studies license from the University of Colorado.

Kerr and his wife Tammy have three children.

Legislative career[edit]

2006 appointment[edit]

Kerr was first appointed to the Colorado State House of Representatives in 2006,[3] following the succession of then State Representative Betty Boyd to fill the vacancy created by Deanna Hanna's resignation from State Senate District 21.[4]

Elections 2006-2012[edit]

State House[edit]

In his first, November 2006, election bid, Kerr defeated Republican Glenn Rhoades with 61.19% of votes cast.[5] In his November 2008 re-election campaign, Kerr faced Republican challenger Ray Warren, winning the election with 60.4% of the vote.[6] In his November 2010 re-election campaign, Kerr faced Republican challenger Mark Barrington, winning the election with 56.4% of the vote.[7]

State Senate[edit]

In 2012 Kerr ran for the Colorado Senate in newly redistricted Senate District 22. District 22 encompassed areas formerly held by Republican Senator Tim Neville and Democrat Senator Betty Boyd. Kerr was unopposed in the Democratic primary.[8] In the 2012 General Election, Andy Kerr faced Republican opponent Ken Summers. Kerr was elected by a margin of 52% to 48%.[9][10]

As State Representative[edit]

In his appointed term, Kerr served on the Health and Human Services and Judiciary Committees.

Following his election, Kerr served on the Education Committee and the Judiciary Committee. Following State Representative Dorothy Butcher's resignation from the Colorado State House of Representatives to run for Pueblo County Commissioner, Kerr was elected to fill Butcher's position as House Democratic Caucus Whip.[11]

At the start of 2009's 67th General Assembly, Kerr was elected House Assistant Majority Leader[12] replacing Terrance Carroll, who was elected Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives.[13] As Assistant Majority Leader, Kerr served on the Legislative Council.[14] At the end of the 2009 session, Kerr was temporarily elected to the office of Majority Leader while Majority Leader Paul Weissmann underwent back surgery. After a brief recovery period, Weissmann returned to his duties and Kerr continued as Assistant Majority Leader until the loss of the Democratic majority in November 2010. Kerr's senior legislative aide, Aaron Silverstein was considered for a vacancy appointment to the Colorado House of Representatives during the early months of the 2009 legislative session.[15] For the 2009 session, Kerr served on the Appropriations Committee and the Finance Committee.

During the 2010 session, Representative Kerr served on the Business Affairs and Labor Committee.[12] Kerr was also appointed to serve as a commissioner on the Education Commission of the States.[16]

For the 2011 session, Kerr was appointed to the Education Committee and the Appropriations Committee.

As State Senator[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Denver Post Endorsements: State House races: HD 26". The Denver Post. 8 October 2006. Archived from the original on 5 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "State House District 26". COMaps. Archived from the original on 12 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  3. ^ Hughes, Jim (23 March 2006). "Democrat to hit the House running Viewed as "ready to move into the seat" vacated in a chamber change". The Denver Post. p. B-2. Archived from the original on 23 March 2006.  News Bank Archives (subscription required)
  4. ^ Frates, Chris (9 March 2006). "Hanna quitting Senate". The Denver Post. Archived from the original on 5 July 2014. 
  5. ^ http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/electionresults/[dead link]
  6. ^ "Jefferson County: State House District 26 Election Results: Andy Kerr vs. Ray Warren". Denver Post. Archived from the original on 5 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "Jefferson County: State House District 26 Election Results: Mark Barrington vs. Andy Kerr". Denver Post. 3 November 2010. Archived from the original on 5 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "2012 Primary Election June 26, 2012 - Final - Official Results". Clarity Elections. 6 July 2012. Archived from the original on 5 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "2012 General Election: Official results: State Senate - District 22". 3 May 2013. Archived from the original on 5 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "State House 2012 Election Results". The Denver Post. Archived from the original on 5 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "Colo. House Dems elect Andy Kerr majority whip". PoliticsWest. 9 November 2007. Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. 
  12. ^ a b "Colorado General Assembly Directory". Colorado Fraternal Order of Police. 28 September 2010. Archived from the original on 5 July 2014. 
  13. ^ "Bueschers Loss Opens House Speaker Majority Leader Races". Politiker (New York Observer). [dead link]
  14. ^ http://www.state.co.us/gov_dir/leg_dir/House/members/Hou26.htm[dead link]
  15. ^ Luning, Ernest (26 March 2009). "LiveBlog: HD 3 vacancy committee meets to elect successor to McGihon". The Colorado Independent. Archived from the original on 5 July 2014. 
  16. ^ "ECS Commissioners". Education Commission of the States. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. 

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