Terrance Carroll

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Terrance Carroll
34th Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives
In office
Preceded by Andrew Romanoff
Succeeded by Frank McNulty
Member of the Colorado House of Representatives
from the 7th district
In office
January 2003 – January 2011
Succeeded by Angela Williams
Personal details
Born (1969-01-16) January 16, 1969 (age 49)
Washington, D.C.
Political party Democratic
Profession attorney, minister

Terrance Carroll (born January 16, 1969) is an American lawyer, minister, former Colorado legislator and former Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives, the first African American ever to hold that office in Colorado.[1] Carroll was elected as a Democrat in 2002 and represented House District 7 which encompasses parts of Denver, Colorado.[2]


Carroll was born and grew up in Washington, D.C., the only child of a single mother who was a share-cropper's daughter.[3] He attended Fork Union Military Academy and H. D. Woodson High School and then graduated from Morehouse College in 1992 with a B.A.. After graduating from Morehouse, Carroll moved to Colorado to pursue a PhD. in political science. He took a job as a campus police officer but switched his educational interest from political science to religion.[3] He graduated from the Iliff School of Theology in 1999 with a Master of Divinity degree and the Harvard University Divinity School, Center for the Study of Values in Public Life, Summer Leadership Institute in June 2000 and later became an ordained Baptist minister. Carroll continued his education, entering in and graduating from the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver in 2005 with a Juris Doctorate.[4] While in law school he was appointed to an open seat in the Colorado House of Representatives in 2003.[3]
Carroll currently practices in the area of litigation with the firm of Greenberg Traurig, LLP in downtown Denver.[5][6]

Legislative career[edit]

Carroll represented district 7 in northeast Denver, and has served as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and Assistant Majority Leader. He decided to run for speaker in November, 2008, after the front runner for the job, Representative Bernie Buescher, was upset in his re-election bid. On Thursday, November 8, 2008, just two days after that election, democrats in the Colorado House of Representatives chose Carroll as Speaker. He was sworn in as the 34th Speaker of the House at the opening of the Colorado General Assembly in January, 2009. The Colorado constitution limits members of the Colorado House to four consecutive two year terms, Carroll's term ended in 2011.[1]


Carroll was known for his support of education reform. In 2008 Carroll along with former Colorado Senate President Peter Groff sponsored SB130, a bill that would allow Colorado schools the power to control their budgets and make their own decisions on hiring, curriculum, length of the school day and teacher compensation.[7] He has sponsored bills to charter new schools and to standardize the calculation of high school graduation rates. Carroll has also worked on homeland security measures and civil and criminal justice issues.[5]

He was also the original sponsor of the bill that established the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Highway on Colorado's Interstate 70 to honor the African American flyers that served during World War II.[8]


  1. ^ a b Mook, Bob (2008-11-06). "Terrance Carroll elected Colorado House Speaker". Denver Business Journal. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  2. ^ "State House District 7". COMaps. Retrieved 2007-11-19. 
  3. ^ a b c Sealover, Ed (2008-11-07). "Terrance Carroll elected to speaker of Colorado House". Rocky Mountain News. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  4. ^ "Representative Terrance D. Carroll (CO)". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  5. ^ a b "DLC Names Colorado State Representative Terrance Carroll New Democrat of the Week". Colorado House Democrats. 2008-11-13. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  6. ^ "Terrance Carroll". Colorado State Lawyers.com. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  7. ^ "More Flexibility for Schools". Colorado House Democrats. 2008-05-01. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  8. ^ "Colorado's Tuskegee Airmen Honored with New Highway Markers". Colorado House Democrats. 2008-08-13. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 

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