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Colorado State Sen. Cleave Simpson announces 2024 re-election bid


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Colorado State Sen. Cleave Simpson has launched his 2024 re-election bid for State Senate District 6, representing his home base of the San Luis Valley as well as the counties of Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, Montrose, Ouray, San Juan, and San Miguel.


Simpson, who serves as the minority whip for Colorado Senate Republicans, is extremely proud of the legislative record he has built since he was elected initially to represent Senate District 35 in November 2020 and then, through Colorado Redistricting, became the state senator for State Senate District 6.

Simpson, 61, is a 1984 graduate of the Colorado School of Mines and 1979 graduate of Alamosa High School. During his engineering career he and his family lived and worked in Texas and Australia. He and his wife, Cathy, returned home to Alamosa and the San Luis Valley in 2014 to help his father, Alan, operate the Simpson family farming and ranching operations. His return to the San Luis Valley also led to his employment with the Rio Grande Water Conservation District, where he has served as general manager since 2016.


He believes leadership through a thoughtful, collaborative approach is necessary to provide solutions to the pressing needs in State Senate District 6 and improve the standard of living for all rural Coloradans.

Accomplishments in the Senate:


Groundwater Compact Compliance Fund, SB22-028. Provided $60 million to address groundwater sustainability targets and interstate compact requirements in Rio Grande Basin and Republican River Basin.


Behavioral Health Administration, HB22-1278. Created the Behavioral Health Administration in the Colorado Department of Human Services. 


Behavioral Health-care Workforce, SB22-181. Provided for a behavioral health-care provider workforce plan and state investment totaling $72 million to support behavioral health-care staffing and licensure attainment.


Wildfire Prevention Watershed Restoration Funding, HB22-1379. Provided critical funding to address wildfire fire risks around high-priority watersheds.


Physician Assistant Collaboration Requirements, SB 23-083. Updated state law to allow most physician assistants to practice collaboratively with a physician rather than practice under a supervisory agreement.


Measures to Expand Postconviction DNA Testing, HB23-1034. Increased eligibility for people convicted of felonies to receive DNA testing and allowing for recourse for those who may have been falsely convicted. 

Agricultural Producers Use of Agrivoltaics, SB23-092. Authorized the state agricultural drought and climate resilience office to award grants for use of agrivoltaics, or integration of solar energy generation facilities within agricultural lands.


Projects to Restore Natural Stream System, SB23-270. Provides protections for completed stream restoration projects and projects that have secured permits before August 1, 2023.


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