Colorado Senate Democrats pick Robert Rodriguez as majority leader

By: - September 8, 2023 11:08 am

Colorado Senate Democrats on Sept. 8, 2023, elected Sen. Robert Rodriguez, center, to serve as majority leader. (Sara Wilson/Colorado Newsline)

Colorado Senate Democrats selected Sen. Robert Rodriguez of Denver as the chamber’s new majority leader Friday following the departure of Dominick Moreno.

Moreno left the Senate this month to serve in Denver Mayor Mike Johnston’s administration.

The Senate majority leader is in charge of determining who sits on Senate committees and manages the chamber’s calendar. Democrats currently hold 23 of the 35 Senate seats.


“I look forward to elevating your voices and our common goals as a team. Know that I will be here and I will strive to make the goals of the caucus my priority,” Rodriguez said before Friday’s vote, which took place at the Capitol in Denver.

Rodriguez now ranks second in the chamber behind Senate President Steve Fenberg. He was first elected to the Senate in 2018 and won a second term last year.

Sen. Rachel Zenzinger of Arvada was also nominated to serve as majority leader. Next year will be her last in the chamber as she approaches her term limit. Leadership vote counts are not public.

The caucus also elected Sen. Faith Winter of Westminster to serve as assistant majority leader, Rodriguez’s former position. Winter beat out Sen. Rhonda Fields of Aurora for the job.

The Legislature reconvenes in January 2024.


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Sara Wilson
Sara Wilson

Sara Wilson covers state government, Colorado's congressional delegation, energy and other stories for Newsline. She formerly was a reporter for The Pueblo Chieftain, where she covered politics and government in southern Colorado.