Paul Rosenthal (Colorado politician)

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Paul Rosenthal
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Rosenthal in 2017.
Member of the Colorado House of Representatives
from the 9th district
Assumed office
January 9, 2013
Preceded byJoe Miklosi
Personal details
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceDenver, Colorado

Paul Rosenthal is an American community activist, teacher and politician who was elected on November 6, 2012 to serve in the Colorado House of Representatives for House District 9. He overcame Republican challenger Celeste Gamache.

Rosenthal is openly gay. Upon taking office, he joined other openly LGBT politicians,[1] including then House Speaker Mark Ferrandino (D - HD 2), Reps. Dominick Moreno (D - HD 32), Joann Ginal (D - HD 52) and Sue Schafer (D - HD 24), as well as senators Pat Steadman (D - SD 31), Lucía Guzmán (D - SD 34) and Jessie Ulibarri (D - SD 21).[2]

Rosenthal ran for re-election in 2018 but was eliminated in the Democratic primary, so he was not a candidate in the general election.[3]


  1. ^ Matthew Pizzuti (November 8, 2012). "First openly LGBT person to hold speaker's gavel in Colorado House". LGBTQ Nation.
  2. ^ "Colorado House Democrats pick Ferrandino for speaker, historic first for gays". Denver Post, November 8, 2012.
  3. ^ Frank, John (2018-04-07). "Colorado lawmaker Paul Rosenthal loses re-election bid after accusations of sexual harassment". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2018-11-24.

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