SEN. MORSE TO BECOME MAJORITY LEADER
DENVER— Friday, the Senate Democratic Majority elected Senator Brandon Shaffer (D-Longmont) as the new President of the Colorado State Senate. Senator John Morse (D-Colorado Springs) was elected to replace him as Senate Majority Leader. Sen. Shaffer and Sen. Morse were chosen unanimously by the Democratic Caucus. These positions will take effect May 7, 2009.
Senator Shaffer was elected to replace President Peter Groff (D-Denver) who has been in the position since 2007 and has been appointed by the U.S. Department of Education as the Director for the Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Center in the Office of the Secretary.
Senator Brandon Shaffer: “We have an incredible group of people here and by working together I know we can build a better Colorado. The issues we face are not about left versus right, but about past versus future. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to lead the caucus to create that future.”
Senator John Morse: “You say I have taken on the tough issues. I say we have taken them on together and they are the issues that matter to all of Colorado. We have a great team, I’m proud of the work they have done this session and I’m looking forward to working with them next session.”
Senator Peter Groff: “We have a unique ability to move this state forward. We have so much talent in this caucus and as long as we remember what is important to us we can keep the majority years from now. Sen. Shaffer and Sen. Morse will help lead this caucus to come up with a Colorado solution to create a better future for this state.”
Sen. Groff will continue to serve as Senate President and Senator from District 33 until the end of the session. A vacancy committee will be searching for a replacement for his Senate seat.