Edward Vigil

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Edward Vigil
Member of the Colorado House of Representatives
from the 62nd district
In office
January 7, 2009[1] – January 11, 2017
Preceded by Rafael Gallegos
Succeeded by Donald Valdez
Personal details
Political party Democratic

Edward Vigil is a former legislator in the U.S. state of Colorado. First elected to the Colorado House of Representatives as a Democrat in 2008, Vigil represented House District 62, which encompasses a large portion of the San Luis Valley and portions of eastern Pueblo, Colorado.[2] Term limited, Vigil did not seek re-election in 2016, and he left office in January, 2017.[3]


Early life and career[edit]

Representative Edward Vigil is a sixth-generation Colorado Native. Born in San Pablo and later moving to Fort Garland, Vigil has resided within the southern portion of the state his whole life. Vigil attended Adams State University where he earned a Bachelors of Art in Sociology and later a Masters of Business Administration. Prior to serving in public office, Vigil worked in many different fields. His experience has ranged from social-worker, factory worker, substance abuse counselor, peace officer and special investigator for the District Attorney's Office. Up until his election to the Colorado House of Representatives, Vigil worked as a Costilla County Commissioner for eight years. Vigil and his wife Evelyn currently reside in the city of Alamosa where they co-own a testing facility known as Sangre de Cristo Laboratory.[4]

Legislative career[edit]

2008 election[edit]

Edward Vigil defeated Rocky White in the contested Democratic primary in August, taking 66 percent of votes cast.[5] Vigil faced Republican Randy Jackson in the November 2008 general election. Vigil's candidacy was endorsed by the Denver Post,[6] and he won with 58 percent of the popular vote.[7]

Colorado House of Representatives, District 62, General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Ed Vigil 66% 15,438
Republican Randy Jackson 34% 11,015
Total Votes 26,453

2009 legislative session[edit]

For the 2009 legislative session, Vigil was named to seats on both the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and the House Local Government Committee.[8]

2010 legislative session[edit]

2010 election[edit]

In 2010, Representative Vigil ran for re-election for House District 62. He was unopposed in the democratic primaries held earlier in the year. On November 2, Vigil defeated Republican Randy Jackson.

Colorado House of Representatives, District 62, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Edward Vigil Incumbent 55.1% 11,224
Republican Tim Walters 44.8% 9,111
Total Votes 20,335


2011 legislative session[edit]

In 2011, Representative Vigil along with Senator Gail Schwartz and Rep. Don Coram sponsored Senate Bill 11-258. This bill assessed the ability of vendors at local farmers' markets to merchandise homemade non-perishable items such as baked goods, jams, jellies, and eggs. In addition to SB 11-258, Vigil also sponsored HB 11-1087, which concerned reimbursements to county governments for pest-control related charges.

2012 legislative session[edit]

2012 election[edit]

In the 2012 General Election, Representative Vigil faced Republican challenger Tim Walters. Vigil was elected by a wide margin of 61% to 39%.[10][11]

Colorado House of Representatives, District 62, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Edward Vigil Incumbent 60.7% 21,124
Republican Tim Walters 39.3% 13,685
Total Votes 34,809


2013 legislative session[edit]

Representative Vigil was able to pass many bills within the 2013 session. HB 13-1168; Recognize Unincorporated Acequia Ditches, HB 13-1186; Special District Meeting Notices and Transparency, SB-188; Landowner Preference Wildlife Hunting License, SB 13-263; Development of Capitol Master Complex Plan, and SB 13-280; Tittle Off-Road Vehicle Law are just a few pieces of legislation that Vigil sponsored within 2013 that became law.

2014 legislative session[edit]

In 2014, Representative Vigil sponsored a number of bills that were signed into law by Governor John Hickenlooper. Many of the bills that he sponsored in 2014 represented the interests of Vigil's constituents and his district: HB 14-1166; Renewal of Concealed Handgun Permits, HB 14-1096; Underfunded Courthouse Facilities Program, HB 14-1184; Elect Pueblo Conservancy District Board Flood Mitigation, SB 14-017; Limit Use of Agriculture for Lawn Irrigation.

2014 election[edit]

On November 4, 2014 , Representative Vigil battled local businesswoman and Republican candidate Marcy Freeburg for House District 62. Vigil won the election with 59% of votes.

Colorado House of Representatives, House District 62, General Election 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Ed Vigil Incumbent 59.1% 16,419
Republican Marcy Freeburg 40.9% 11,376
Total Votes 27,795

2015 legislative session[edit]

In 2015, Vigil was appointed as the Chair of the House Agriculture, Livestock, and Natural Resources Committee. Vigil sponsored many bills within the 2015 legislative session that advocated for environmental causes and public health concerns. Among a few bills that were sponsored by Vigil in 2015 that became law were: HB 15-1087; Alcohol and Substance Abuse Medical Detox Centers, HB 15-1277; Species Conservation Trust Fund Projects, SB 15-008; Promote Water Conservation Trust Fund Projects, and SB 15-226; Hunter Education Wildlife Hunting License.

2016 legislative session[edit]


  1. ^ "House Journal - January 7, 2009" (pdf). Colorado General Assembly. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  2. ^ "State House District 62". COMaps. Archived from the original on 2009-02-03. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  3. ^ Ballotpedia. Edward Vigil. Viewed: 2017-01-15.
  4. ^ "About Edward | State Representative Edward Vigil". edwardvigil.com. Retrieved 2016-04-14. 
  5. ^ "Colorado Statewide Cumulative Report - 2008 Primary Election". Colorado Secretary of State. Retrieved 2008-11-08. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Editorial Board (17 October 2008). "Post's picks in Colorado's House of Representatives". Denver Post. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  7. ^ "Colorado Statewide Cumulative Report - 2008 General Election". Colorado Secretary of State. Retrieved 2008-12-04. [permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "House Democrats Unveil 2009 Committee Chairs & Assignments" (Press release). Colorado House Democrats. 18 November 2008. Archived from the original on 2010-01-03. 
  9. ^ "State House 2010 election results in Colorado: Results: Elections: The Denver Post". Denver Post Election Data. Retrieved 2016-04-14. 
  10. ^ "CO - Election Results - Colorado Secretary of State". 
  11. ^ "State House 2012 Election Results - Denver Post". 
  12. ^ "Colorado House of Representatives District 62 - Ballotpedia". ballotpedia.org. Retrieved 2016-04-14. 

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