On Tuesday, Jan. 7, Richard Holtorf was sworn in as a Colorado State Representative for House District 64, filling the seat for the remainder of the late Representative Kimmi Lewis’ term.
Holtorf is a Republican farmer, rancher, feedlot manager and Army veteran from Washington County in northeastern Colorado.
The ceremony took place in the House Chamber at the Colorado State Capitol. Colorado Speaker of the House, Representative KC Becker, presided over the 3:15 p.m. ceremony and administered the oath of office, officially welcoming Richard Holtorf as one of the 65 members of the Colorado House of Representatives.
Shortly after being sworn in, Representative Holtorf said a few words to those in attendance. He thanked God for the opportunity to serve and acknowledged the “big boots” that he has to fill, following the late Representative Kimmi Lewis, whose recent, tragic death left the District 64 seat vacant. Holtorf spoke of his admiration for Lewis and the person she was.
Holtorf was joined for the special event by almost all of his family members, including Richard’s wife Mary, his 84-year-old mother, his two brothers, four of his daughters and their boyfriends and friends and his two nieces and nephew.
At the conclusion of Representative Holtorf’s remarks following the swearing in, he stated that he wants to “…be a positive, productive member of this body, and I also want to bring a spirit of partnership, cooperation, and reconciliation, because we need more of that in this country and more of that in this state for the good of all of our citizens.”
Holtorf represents the largest House District in Colorado in terms of landmass, including the nine counties of Baca, Bent, Crowley, Elbert, Kiowa, Las Animas, Lincoln, Prowers, and Washington.
Holtorf said his goal is to visit all nine counties to hear from constituents about their needs, so that he can help ensure that eastern and southern Colorado and their rural values are heard and protected in the Colorado legislature.
Since Representative Holtorf is taking office halfway through the term vacated by Kimmi Lewis, he will fulfill the remainder of the term and will run for re-election this year.
NOW YOU KNOW
Committee Assignments for Rep. Holtorf are Public Health Care & Human Services and Rural Affairs & Agriculture. To contact Rep. Holtorf call 303-866-2398, email at email@example.com or write him at 200 E Colfax, RM 307, Denver, CO 80203.