Barbara Jean Kirkmeyer (born December 31, 1969)[1] is an American politician serving as a member of the Colorado Senate for District 23, which encompasses parts of Weld and Larimer counties and all of the City and County of Broomfield in north-central Colorado.[2] She is the Republican nominee for Colorado’s 8th congressional district in the 2022 election.

Early life and education

Kirkmeyer is a fourth-generation Coloradoan and has lived in Weld County for 35 years. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1980.[3]


Kirkmeyer served for a total of 19 years as a county commissioner for Weld County, Colorado, having been elected and re-elected five times. Representing the third district, she served from 1993 to 2000 and again from 2009 to 2020. In the interim, she served as acting director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs under Governor Bill Owens. In addition, she has served on several boards and commissions, including the Fort Lupton Urban Renewal Authority Board and the Dacono Urban Renewal Authority Board.

In the 2020 Republican primary election for Colorado’s 23rd Senate district, Kirkmeyer defeated opponent Rupert Parchment, winning 55.24% of the votes cast.[4] In the 2020 general election, Kirkmeyer defeated her Democratic Party opponent, winning 55.14% of the votes cast.[5] She currently serves on the Senate Education, Local Government, Health and Human Services, and Statutory Revision Committees. She is also Vice Chair of the Legislative Interim Committee on School Finance.[6]

2022 congressional campaign

On November 15, 2021, Kirkmeyer announced she was running to represent Colorado’s new 8th congressional district.[7] On June 28, 2022, she won the Republican primary and advanced to the November general election.[8]


  1. ^ “Legislator Information”.
  2. ^ “Legislative District Information After 2011 Reapportionment: Senate District 23” (PDF). Colorado Reapportionment Commission. December 22, 2011. Retrieved November 28, 2020.
  3. ^ “…more about Barb Kirkmeyer”. Elect Barbara Kirkmeyer for Senate District 23. Retrieved November 28, 2020.
  4. ^ “Colorado election results: June 30, 2020 primary election, official results, state senator, district 23, Republican Party”. Colorado Secretary of State. October 27, 2020. Retrieved November 28, 2020.
  5. ^ “Colorado election results: November 3, 2020 general election”. Colorado Secretary of State. November 25, 2020. Retrieved November 28, 2020.
  6. ^ “Barbara Kirkmeyer | Colorado General Assembly”. Retrieved May 2, 2022.
  7. ^ Aguilar, John (November 15, 2021). “Republican state Sen. Barbara Kirkmeyer jumps into increasingly crowded 8th Congressional District race”. The Denver Post. Retrieved November 15, 2021.
  8. ^ Luning, Ernest (June 29, 2022). “Barb Kirkmeyer wins four-way GOP primary in Colorado’s new 8th CD”. The Gazette. Colorado Springs, Colorado. Retrieved July 8, 2022.

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