Shawn Mitchell

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Shawn Mitchell
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Member of the Colorado Senate
from the 23rd district
In office
January 12, 2005 – January 7, 2013
Succeeded by Vicki Marble
Member of the Colorado House of Representatives
from the 33rd district
In office
Personal details
Born December 3
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Yvette
Profession attorney
Religion Latter-Day Saint (Mormon)

Shawn Mitchell is a former Republican member of the Colorado Senate, representing the 23rd District from 2005 to 2013. Previously he was a member of the Colorado House of Representatives from 1999 to 2004.


Mitchell received a B.S. magna cum laude from Brigham Young University and graduated from law school at the University of California at Berkeley.

He is now an attorney in a private law practice in Denver and Adams counties. Mitchell served as Special Counsel to the Colorado Attorney General, where he was a legal policy advisor and one of the top aides to former Colorado Attorney General Gale Norton. He worked on significant litigation, including the Amendment 2 case[clarification needed] and First Amendment litigation on issues of church and state. Mitchell also represented Colorado in fighting[clarification needed] criminal appeals in the Colorado Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court[clarification needed].

Legislative career[edit]

Before serving in the senate, Mitchell served in the Colorado House of Representatives from 1999 to 2004. He was elected in 2004 to represent Senate District 23. Mitchell won his campaign for re-election against Joe Whitcomb in 2008. Term limited, he did not run for re-election in 2012.[1]


Mitchell has recently come under fire for "sexist" and "degrading remarks". The comments were made at a formal hearing of the Workers' Compensation committee: Mitchell told a witness, "I just want to pass on a tip that sometimes when I'm in committee and I'm nervous I relieve that by imagining the chairwoman in her underwear." [2]

According to news sources Mitchell apologized saying his remarks were “inappropriate” and “unprofessional”. Senator Morgan Carroll accepted his apology.[citation needed]

Private life[edit]

Mitchell has also written for the conservative website[1]. Mitchell is a former Senior Fellow at the Independence Institute, a conservative and free-market think tank in Denver. He continues to write and speak often on public policy issues. He has served as the president of the Colorado Chapter of the Federalist Society. He also served 3 years on the Denver Rocky Mountain News Board of Editorial Contributors.

Mitchell and his wife Yvette have seven children.


  1. ^ Ballotpedia. Shawn Mitchell. Viewed: 2017-01-29.
  2. ^ "Lawmaker Apologizes for Underwear Remark". Channel 13 Denver News. 1999-08-16. Retrieved 2009-10-20. [dead link]