|Member of the Colorado House of Representatives
from the 23rd district
June 4, 2009
|Preceded by||Gwyn Green|
|Born||November 17, 1947|
Max Tyler (born c. 1948) is a small business owner and legislator from Lakewood, Colorado. A Democrat, he was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2010 after being appointed in May 2009 following the resignation of Gwyn Green and subsequently elected to the post. He represents the 23rd district, which covers portions of Golden, Applewood and Lakewood within Jefferson County. The district boundaries changed with the decennial reapportionment in 2011, and the new House District 23 includes north and west Lakewood.
Rep. Max Tyler represents House District 23 in Lakewood. He is chairman of the Transportation & Energy Committee, as well as a member of the Public Health Care & Human Services Committee and the Appropriations Committee. He is also chairman of both the Joint Technology Committee and the Transportation Legislation Review Committee, which meet during the interim.
Rep. Tyler and his wife Susan have been Lakewood residents for more than 20 years.
When Rep. Gwyn Green announced her resignation from the legislature in April 2009, she suggested Tyler as one of several possible successors; he was the first candidate to announce his interest in the seat. A vacancy committee, composed of Democratic Party precinct officers and local elected officials, was convened to choose a replacement on May 27, 2009, and selected Tyler. Tyler was sworn in as a member of the state legislature on June 4, 2009.
2010 legislative Session
|Bills Introduced in 2010 by Rep. Tyler
(for which Rep. Tyler is the primary originating sponsor)
|HB10-1001||Concerning incentives for the installation of new distributed renewable energy generation facilities in Colorado, and, in connection therewith, increasing the target percentages under the electric utility portfolio standard to encourage Colorado utilities to generate three percent of their retail electricity sales from distributed renewable sources by the year 2020, adopting standards for the installation of distributed solar electric generation equipment, and making an appropriation therefor.||Signed by Gov. Ritter|
|HB10-1027||Concerning the requirement for a certain life expectancy prognosis for persons receiving hospice care through Medicaid.||Signed by Gov. Ritter|
|HB10-1046||Concerning the recorded date of receipt of property tax payments by a county treasurer’s office when the payment has no postmark.||Signed by Gov. Ritter|
|HB10-1050||Concerning a central on-line registry of medical orders for scope of treatment forms.||Signed by Gov. Ritter|
|HB10-1077||Concerning authorization for fusion voting by which a candidate in an election for a partisan political office may be the nominee of more than one political party.||House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely|
|HB10-1211||Concerning a reduction in the amount of the penalty for late vehicle registration.||Signed by Gov. Ritter|
|SB10-207||Concerning authorization for the state treasurer to enter into lease-purchase agreements on behalf of the state to finance capital construction projects proposed by the governor's energy office that improve the energy efficiency of state capital facilities, and making an appropriation in connection therewith.||Signed by Gov. Ritter|
Tyler was assigned by Speaker of the House Terrance Carroll to serve on the Interim Committee on Hospice and Palliative Care in late 2009, where he worked with members of both parties on bills that would be introduced the following January for the 2010 session. During session, Representative Tyler was joined by Chief of Staff Chris Kennedy, a Jefferson County party officer of the Democratic Party. Tyler served on the House Committee on Transportation and Energy and the House Committee on Health and Human Services.
Rep. Tyler’s most-significant achievement in 2010 was the passage of House Bill 1001, which increased Colorado’s renewable energy standard from 20% to 30% by 2020 and encouraged more investment in distributed generation systems. Also, taking feedback from constituents regarding late vehicle registration fees which were considered to be unreasonably high, he sponsored House Bill 1211, which reduced late fees.
Beginning in 2009, Tyler hosted monthly town hall meetings in both Golden and Lakewood to share information about legislation with his constituents and listen to their feedback. He also hosted a number of coffees with his constituents, sent a regular email newsletter, and conducted several surveys to understand the priorities of the people in House District 23.
The 2010 election in House District 23 was among the most-competitive legislative races in Colorado. Tyler defeated Republican challenger Edgar Johansson 53% to 47%. Tyler was sworn into his first full term in the Colorado House of Representatives in January 2011.
2011 legislative session
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In January 2011, Tyler was assigned by Minority Leader Sal Pace to serve on the House Committee on Transportation and the House Committee on Economic and Business Development (both renamed by the new Republican majority). He was the ranking Democratic member on the Transportation Committee. Tyler, like many of his colleagues, remained deeply concerned about the Great Recession and focused on legislation to create jobs and save money. In both 2011 and 2012, he attempted to pass bills to fund Colorado’s system of small business development centers (https://www.coloradosbdc.org/), but both times the bill was defeated in committees with Republican majorities.
In 2011, Tyler was successful in passing House Bill 1212, which required government agencies to include LEAN government principles in the performance-based budgeting process. The bill was signed by Governor John Hickenlooper on May 13, 2011.
2012 legislative session
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In 2012, Rep. Tyler attempted to fund Small Business Development Centers across the state and a bill to establish a Regulator Navigator to help businesses understand and work with various state and local regulations.
In the 2012 General Election, Representative Tyler faced Republican challenger Rick Enstrom. Tyler was reelected by a margin of 50% to 44% with libertarian candidate Michael M. Beckerman receiving the remainder of the vote.
2013 legislative session
Rep. Tyler was appointed by Speaker of the House Mark Ferrandino as the Chair of the House Transportation and Energy Committee for the 2013 legislative session. He also sponsored legislation investing $300,000 in Colorado's Small Business Development Centers, which support small businesses across the state and help create jobs.
2014 legislative session
Rep. Tyler successful sponsored legislation to encourage more investment in Colorado's growing advanced industries and a bill to reduce the number of waste tires across the state. He is also an avid supporter of renewable energy and sponsored legislation to encourage more solar gardens and increase energy efficiency schools.
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