Boulder’s Steve Fenberg elected Colorado Senate president

February 22, 2022 GMT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s Senate has elected former Democratic Majority Leader Steve Fenberg of Boulder to succeed Leroy Garcia of Pueblo as the chamber’s new president.

Fenberg was elected by a unanimous vote Tuesday, and Sen. Dominick Moreno of Commerce City becomes the new majority leader.

The Colorado Senate Democratic caucus, which nominated Fenberg as Garcia’s replacement, holds a 20-15 majority in the chamber.

Garcia, the first Latino to hold the post, is resigning to accept a Biden administration appointment as a special assistant to the assistant secretary of the navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs at the Pentagon.

A Pueblo Democratic Party vacancy committee on Saturday chose Nick Hinrichsen, the operations supervisor for Pueblo Transit, to fill Garcia’s Senate seat for the remainder of the 2022 Legislative session, Colorado Politics reports. The seat is up for election in November, and Hinrichsen has entered that race.

Minority Leader Chris Holbert seconds the nomination.