Ted Harvey

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Ted Harvey
Member of the Colorado Senate
from the 30th district
Assumed office
Member of the Colorado House of Representatives
from the 43rd district
In office
Succeeded by Frank McNulty
Personal details
Born Colorado Springs, Colorado
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Janie
Profession Licensed Mortgage Broker

Ted Harvey is a legislator in Colorado. In 2001, Harvey was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives as a Republican, representing the 43rd House District. Elected in 2006 to the Colorado Senate, he currently represents Senate District 30, which encompasses Northern Douglas County—Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Parker, and Roxborough Park.

Biography and Early Career[edit]

Ted Harvey was raised in Colorado Springs where he attended Air Academy Junior High and High School.[1] He completed his undergraduate degree from Colorado State University and received a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver’s Graduate School of Public Affairs.[1]

At the age of 22, Harvey received a political appointment to serve as a staffer in the Reagan White House.[1] After this assignment, he secured a staff position in the Colorado House of Representatives as the House Reading Clerk. He later became the Program Director at the Independence Institute, a conservative Colorado think tank, and served as the District Office Manager for Congressman Joel Hefley.

Legislative Career[edit]

2006 Election[edit]

In 2006, Harvey was elected to Senate District 30, defeating his Democrat opponent Shelly Tokerud with 62.7% of the vote.[2]

Congressional Campaign[edit]

In early 2008, Harvey announced his candidacy for the CD-6 Congressional race in Colorado. After an aggressive grassroots campaign showed swelling support ahead of the CD-6 Republican Assembly, two main contenders for the party nomination selected to not participate in the Assembly. This left a run-off between Harvey and State Senator Steve Ward. Harvey won the Republican nomination with 55 percent of the Assembly votes.

Harvey's campaign struggled to gain momentum after the District Assembly, and he ultimately finished third in the Republican primary vote in August 2008,[3] with 14 percent of the total vote, finishing behind Wil Armstrong and Mike Coffman, the ultimate successor.

2010 Legislative Session[edit]

For the 2010 legislative session, Harvey was appointed to serve on the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy Committee; the Appropriations Committee; and the Business, Labor, and Technology Committee.

2010 Election[edit]

In 2010 Harvey sought re-election to the Senate. He faced no opposition in the primaries, and defeated his Democrat opponent Katherine Facchinello with 67% of the vote.[4]

2011 Legislative Session[edit]

For the 2011 legislative session, Senator Harvey was appointed to serve on the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy Committee; the Appropriations Committee; and the Business, Labor, and Technology Committee. He was the ranking Republican member on the Appropriations and Business, Labor, and Technology Committees.

In 2011, Senator Harvey’s major focus regarding legislation was working to maintain the integrity of the Colorado electoral process. He sponsored several bills that sought to do this, such as SB11-018,[5] SB11-057,[6] and HB11-1003.[7]

These measures would have required proof of citizenship to vote in Colorado elections, required metro residents to automatically receive mail-in ballots, and defined what type of identification qualified for election-related purposes, respectively.

In February 2011, Harvey announced plans to run against then-Chairman of the Colorado Republican Party Dick Wadhams. He cited need for a new direction and new leadership, hoping to be able to “roll up my sleeves and take this fight directly to the Democrats”.[8] Harvey was defeated for the Chairmanship by Ryan Call.

2012 Legislative Session[edit]

In 2012, one of Harvey’s biggest measures focused on one of Colorado’s largest industries: tourism. SB12-124 sought to remove the limit on the number of regional tourism projects that the Colorado Economic Development Commission may approve, and as it currently stands, the commission may only approve two projects each year. SB12-124 would allow up to six projects per year be funded at once, increasing tourism revenue in the state.[9] The bill successfully passed through the House and Senate with bipartisan support before being vetoed by Governor John Hickenlooper.

2013 Legislative Session[edit]

For the 2013 legislative session, Senator Harvey was appointed to serve on the Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy Committee; the Appropriations Committee, and the State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Ted Harvey preaches conservative gospel". Rocky Mountain News. 2008-07-24. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  2. ^ "Ted Harvey Ballotpedia". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 11 Oct 2012. 
  3. ^ "Coffman wins 'a positive campaign'". Rocky Mountain News. 2008-08-13. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  4. ^ "2010 Colorado State Senate Election Results". Denver Post. Retrieved 11 Oct 2012. 
  5. ^ "Capitol Watch SB11-018". Capitol Watch. Retrieved 11 Oct 2012. 
  6. ^ "Capitol Watch SB11-057". Capitol Watch. Retrieved 11 Oct 2012. 
  7. ^ "Capitol Watch HB11-1003". Capitol Watch. Retrieved 11 Oct 2012. 
  8. ^ "Harvey mounts conservative challenge". Colorado Statesman. Retrieved 11 Oct 2012. 
  9. ^ "Hickenlooper may veto bill expanding Colorado’s Regional Tourism Act". Denver Post. Retrieved 11 Oct 2012.