On Monday, Jan. 27, State Representative Richard Holtorf welcomed 4-H leaders, members, and extension staff from across House District 64 to the Colorado State Capitol.
The visit to the State Capitol came after the two-day Leadership Development Conference (LDC), which was held at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver over the weekend for students between the ages of 14 and 18. Throughout the conference, students participated in leadership workshops and trainings aimed at helping them sharpen their leadership skills and service potential. The conference culminated with time set aside for 4-H attendees to tour the Capitol and visit with their legislators.
For students from southern and eastern Colorado, that meant getting to know recently appointed State Representative Richard Holtorf, who passionately represents the largest House district in Colorado, a district that is also highly agricultural. With Holtorf as a current cattle rancher and feedlot manager from Akron and longtime member of the agriculture industry, it was easy for him to relate to the agricultural backgrounds of the 4-H visitors. As a 29-year veteran of the United States Army, Holtorf also takes every opportunity to visit with young people about the importance of leadership in the world today and how service and patriotism positively impact our nation.
During the visit, Holtorf spoke on the House Floor about his experience as a 4-H member in his younger days. Several 4-H members had the opportunity to sit on the House Floor, while others looked on from the gallery above, as Holtorf shared about how his 4-H involvement was key in helping him acquire leadership skills that have been valuable throughout his entire life.
Holtorf also took time to visit directly with the 4-H group outside of the Old State Supreme Court Chamber in the State Capitol. Among many things, Holtorf shared that he currently has the chance to serve on the Rural Affairs and Agriculture Committee at the State Capitol, where he gives input on bills pertaining to rural and agricultural issues that are highly relevant to the citizens of House District 64, including the 4-H members who share a passion for the rural way of life.
Holtorf was honored to help host the 4-H youth from eastern and southern Colorado and hopes that they came away from their visit to the Capitol with a strengthened desire for involvement as citizens and an increased interest in the current issues facing the agriculture industry and rural America today. Holtorf has asked young people to embrace the idea that their leadership skills could one day allow them the chance to become public servants as well. Holtorf welcomes 4-H members and other groups from the district anytime they would like to visit the State Capitol.