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Colorado state Senate president resigning for Pentagon post

February 3, 2022 GMT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado state Senate President Leroy Garcia is resigning to accept a Biden administration appointment to a Pentagon post.

The Pueblo Democrat said in a Thursday statement he intends to resign on Feb. 23. Garcia, a Marine Corps veteran and licensed paramedic who has been Senate president since 2019, said he will serve as a special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs.

Garcia was elected to the state House in 2012 and to the Senate in 2014. He is term-limited.

The Colorado Senate Democratic caucus, which holds a 20-15 majority in the chamber, hasn’t named a likely Senate president replacement. Majority Leader Steve Fenberg of Boulder told The Denver Post he plans to run for the position.

A party vacancy committee will select a successor to fill Garcia’s Senate seat.

“President Garcia’s experience as a paramedic and Marine Corps veteran will be a huge asset to President Biden’s administration,” Democratic Gov. Jared Polis said in a statement.