Colorado onAir

The Colorado onAir Hub is managed by students supporting Coloradans to become more informed about and engaged in local, state, and federal politics while facilitating more civil and positive discussions with their representatives, candidates, and fellow citizens.

  • Colorado onAir is one of 50 state governance and elections hubs that the US onAir Network is providing to help reinvigorate US democracy.  This post has short summaries of current state and federal representatives with links to their complete Hub posts.  Students curate post content from government, campaign, social media, and public websites.  Key content on this Hub is also replicated on the US onAir nations Hub at:
  • Colorado students will be forming onAir chapters in their colleges and universities to help curate Hub content.  As more students participate and more onAir chapters are started, we will expand to include more state and local content as well as increase the number of aircasts – student-led, livestreamed, online discussions with candidates, representatives, and the public.

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Jared Polis – CO

Current Position: Governor since 2019
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position: US Representative for CO-02 from 2009 – 2019

Polis served one term on the Colorado State Board of Education from 2001 to 2007, and five terms as the United States representative from Colorado’s 2nd congressional district from 2009 to 2019. A libertarian Democrat, he was the only Democratic member of the Liberty Caucus.

Polis is the founder of the Jared Polis Foundation. The foundation issues annual Teacher Recognition Awards and donates computers to schools and nonprofit organizations. Polis has also founded one charter school (the New America School) and co-founded another (the Academy of Urban Learning).

OnAir Post: Jared Polis – CO

CO General Assembly

The Colorado General Assembly is the state legislature of the State of Colorado. It is a bicameral legislature that was created by the 1876 state constitution. Its statutes are codified in the Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.). The session laws are published in the Session Laws of Colorado.

Colorado’s legislature is similar to those of other states, except that, unlike many states, Colorado does not give its lieutenant governor any legislative authority (e.g. tie-breaking vote).

Source: Wikipedia

OnAir Post: CO General Assembly

Michael Bennet – CO

Current Position: US Senator since 2009
Affiliation: Democrat

Other positions: Chair, Subcommittee Conservation, Forestry and Natural Resource

A member of the Democratic Party, he was appointed to the seat when Senator Ken Salazar became Secretary of the Interior. Bennet previously worked as a managing director for the Anschutz Investment Company, chief of staff to Denver mayor (and his future Senate colleague) John Hickenlooper, and superintendent of Denver Public Schools.

OnAir Post: Michael Bennet – CO

John Hickenlooper – CO

Current Position: US Senator since 2021
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Positions: Governor from 2010 – 2018; Mayor, Denver from 2003 – 2010
Other positions: Chair, Subcommittee on Space and Science

After a career as a petroleum geologist, in 1988 he co-founded the Wynkoop Brewing Company, one of the first brewpubs in the U.S. Hickenlooper was elected the 43rd mayor of Denver in 2003, serving two terms. In 2005, TIME named him one of America’s five best big-city mayors.

As governor, he introduced universal background checks and banned high-capacity magazines in the wake of the 2012 Aurora, Colorado shooting.

9NEWS interviews new U.S. Sen. John Hickenlooper

OnAir Post: John Hickenlooper – CO

Colorado Collaborators

The US onAir Network will be working with volunteers from Colorado universities, colleges, and nonprofit organizations to oversee the curation and moderation of posts, aircasts (online discussions), and in person events for the Colorado onAir Hub …  related to federal, state, and local elections and government.

Our first outreach will be to University of Colorado Denver partly because of its proximity to the state capital. We have identified many of University of Colorado Denver’s civic engagement, academic, internship and research programs related to making democracy and civic responsibility a focus of higher learning on their campus … for students, faculty, staff, and local community. This post, over time, will have similar information on other collaborating organizations in the state.

Contact for more information on how to involve your organization.


Colorado Votes in 2024

Federal & state elections on the ballot: US Senator, 7 US House members, Governor, and State Senate and House members

Ballot measures:

The Colorado Division of Elections, part of the Secretary of State, oversees all Alaska elections.

OnAir Post: Colorado Votes in 2024

About Colorado

Colorado is a state in the Mountain West subregion of the Western United States. It encompasses most of the Southern Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains. Colorado is the eighth most extensive and 21st most populous U.S. state. The 2020 United States Census enumerated the population of Colorado at 5,773,714, an increase of 14.80% since the 2010 United States Census.

Colorado is bordered by Wyoming to the north, Nebraska to the northeast, Kansas to the east, Oklahoma to the southeast, New Mexico to the south, Utah to the west, and touches Arizona to the southwest at the Four Corners. Colorado is noted for its vivid landscape of mountains, forests, high plains, mesas, canyons, plateaus, rivers, and desert lands. Colorado is one of the Mountain States and is a part of the western and southwestern United States.

Denver is the capital and most populous city in Colorado. Residents of the state are known as Coloradans, although the antiquated “Coloradoan” is occasionally used. Colorado is a comparatively wealthy state, ranking eighth in household income in 2016, and 11th in per capita income in 2010. Major parts of the economy include government and defense, mining, agriculture, tourism, and increasingly other kinds of manufacturing. With increasing temperatures and decreasing water availability, Colorado’s agriculture, forestry and tourism economies are expected to be heavily affected by climate change.

OnAir Post: About Colorado

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