Kevin Priola

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Kevin Priola
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Kevin Priola
Member of the Colorado Senate
from the 25th district
Assumed office
January 11, 2017
Preceded by Mary Hodge
Member of the Colorado House of Representatives
from the 56th district
In office
January 9, 2013 – January 11, 2017
Preceded by Christine Scanlan
Succeeded by Philip Covarrubias
Member of the Colorado House of Representatives
from the 30th district
In office
January 7, 2009[1] – January 9, 2013
Preceded by Mary Hodge
Succeeded by Jenise May
Personal details
Born Denver
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Michelle
Website Kevinpriola.com

Kevin Priola is a legislator in the U.S. state of Colorado. Elected to the Colorado House of Representatives as a Republican in 2008, Priola represented House District 30, which encompassed central Adams County, Colorado, from 2008 to 2012.[2] In the 2012 election, Representative Priola was reelected to the newly redistricted House District 56.[3] Priola served two terms as a state representative in District 56. In 2016, he ran for State Senate in District 25, beating his Democratic opponent with 52% of the vote.[4]

Biography[edit]

Born and raised in Adams County, Colorado, Priola graduated from Horizon High School in Thornton. He then attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he was a member of the College Republicans, earning a bachelor's degree in finance with a minor in economics. While at CU, Priola participated in the Ralphie Handlers program, as one of the students who train and care for the school's mascot. Priola remained involved with the program after graduation,[5] and has served as its co-director since 2001;[6] he received The Denver Chapter Buff Club's Most Valuable Buff Award for his service.[5]

Priola has spent his career working for two family businesses, Priola Greenhouses and CAP Land Company in Henderson, Colorado, where he has served as vice-president and treasurer. Priola is also an active member of the Commerce City Rotary Club, for which he has served as president, and served on the Commerce City Name Change Committee.[5]

In 1996, Priola married his high school sweetheart Michelle. He and his wife currently have four young children.[5]

Legislative career[edit]

2008 Election[edit]

In 2008, Priola announced his intention to run for 30th District seat in the Colorado House of Representatives that was to be vacated by Mary Hodge (D). On November 4, 2008, Priola won election to the 30th District seat, defeating opponent Dave Rose (D) by less than 500 votes.[7]

Candidate Votes
Kevin Priola (R) 11,936
Dave Rose (D) 11,505

2009 Legislative session[edit]

For the 2009 legislative session, Priola was named to seats on the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee and the House Education Committee.[8]

Priola ran the following bills in 2009:

  • House Bill 1132 Protect Children from Unlawful Acts That Utilize New Technology, Signed by the governor.
  • Senate Bill 85 Phase Out Business Personal Property Tax, Signed by the governor.
  • Senate Bill 147 Alleviate South Platte Well Depletion Debts, Signed by the governor.

2010 Legislative session[edit]

For the 2010 legislative session, Priola was named to seats on the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee and the House Local Government Committee.[9]

Priola ran the following bills in 2010:

  • HB 1285 Economic Incentives for the Trucking Industry, signed by the governor
  • HB 1264 Identify and Eliminate Government Waste, Fraud and Abuse, signed by the governor
  • HB 1081 Prevent Money Laundering in Gambling, signed by the governor
  • SB 116 Prompt Payment for Public Works Contractors, signed by the governor
  • HB 1185 Ensure Safe and Accurate Gas Pumps, signed by the governor
  • HB 1220 Continue and Streamline The Division of Insurance, signed by the governor
  • HB 1291 Reduce Administrative Court Costs, signed by the governor
  • SB 85 and SB 86 Phase Out the Business Personal Property Tax, Lost in the Senate State Affairs Committee

2010 Election[edit]

Priola ran for re-election to the 30th District seat in 2010. Priola defeated Laura Huerta in the November 2 general election.[7]

Candidate Votes
Kevin Priola (R) 10,612
Laura Huerta (D) 6,931

2011 Legislative session[edit]

For the 2011 legislative session, Priola was named to seats on the Economic and Business Development Committee and Transportation Committee.[3]

Priola ran the following bills in 2011:

  • SB 167 Efficiencies in State Regulatory Systems, Signed by the governor
  • HB 1130 Commodity Metals Transactions Violations, Signed by the governor
  • HB 1115 Prompt Payment for Public Constructions Projects, Signed by governor
  • HB 1263 Business Personal Property Tax Exemption.
  • SB 23 Reduce Use of State-Owned Vehicles for Commuting.

2012 Legislative session[edit]

For the 2012 legislative session, Priola was named to the seats on the Economic and Business Development Committee and the Transportation Committee.

Priola ran the following bills in 2012:

  • SB 149 Allows Local Government Retirement Retirement Plan Modifications, Signed by Governor
  • SB 38 Protects Consumers' Residential Roofing Work, Signed by Governor
  • HB 1150 Calculate PERA using highest 7 years.
  • SB 52 Local and Statewide Assessed Property Tax Exemption.

2012 Election[edit]

In the 2012 General Election, Representative Priola faced Democratic challenger Dave Rose. Priola was elected by a wide margin of 59% to 37%.[10][11]

Candidate Votes
Kevin Priola (R) 22,270
Dave Rose (D) 14,070

2013 Legislative Session[edit]

Priola ran the following bills in 2013:

  • HB 1040 Calculate PERA Using Highest 7 years.
  • HB 1066 Preservation of Religious Freedom.
  • HB 1172 K-12 Public School Accountability.
  • HJR 1013 Creation of School Choice Week, signed by Governor

2014 Legislative Session[edit]

Priola ran the following bills in 2014:

  • HB 1048 Religious Freedom in Higher Education
  • HB 1153 Attorney Fees for All Motions to Dismiss
  • HB 1201 Align PERA Highest Average Salary With Other States
  • HB 1262 Highly Effective Teachers and Low Performing School Districts

2014 Election[edit]

In the 2014 General Election, Representative Priola faced Democratic challenger Vicki A. Snider. Priola was elected by a wide margin of 66% to 33%.[12][13]

Candidate Votes
Kevin Priola (R) 20,627
Vicki A. Snider (D) 10,629

2015 Legislative Session[edit]

Priola ran the following bills in 2015:

  • HB 1037 Religious Freedom in Higher Education, Lost in Committee
  • HB 1200 Highly Effective Teachers and Low Performing Schools, Lost in Committee
  • HB 1512 In-State Tuition Dependents Of Military Members,
  • HB 1216 Basis For Expert Opinion Testimony,
  • HB 1257 Eliminate Penalty To Increase Compliance Cigarette Sale
  • HB 1296 Campus Sexual Assault Task Force
  • HJR 1020 Fitzsimons VA Hospital

2016 Legislative Session[edit]

Priola ran the following bills in 2016:

  • HB 1010 Destructive Rodent Pest Release Authorization Requirements.
  • HB 1130 Changes To CDE Reports
  • HB 1219 Motor Vehicle Related Services Consolidation.
  • HB 1225 School Districts Must Post Director Candidate info.
  • SB 124 Machine Tools Sales Tax Exempt Recovered Materials

References[edit]

  1. ^ "House Journal - January 7, 2009" (pdf). Colorado General Assembly. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  2. ^ "State House District 30". COMaps. Archived from the original on 2009-02-12. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  3. ^ a b "Ballotpedia". Archived from the original on 2 October 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Ballotpedia. Kevin Priola. Viewed: 2017-01-14.
  5. ^ a b c d "Biography". Kevin Priola. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  6. ^ Uhland, Vicky (3 November 2008). "Talk about some Buff bodies". Denver Post. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  7. ^ a b "Kevin Priola". Ballotpedia. Retrieved February 28, 2014. 
  8. ^ "House Republican Committee Assignments Announced" (Press release). Colorado House Democrats. 18 November 2008. 
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ "CO - Election Results - Colorado Secretary of State". 
  11. ^ "State House 2012 Election Results - Denver Post". 
  12. ^ "Cora - Election Results - Colorado Secretary of State". 
  13. ^ "State House 2014 Election Results - Denver Post". 

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