Colorado Dems Replace Lawmaker Who Resigned To Preserve Majority


Colorado Democrats on Tuesday appointed a replacement for Evie Hudak, the state senator who last month decided to resign rather than face a recall election to preserve the party’s single-seat majority, the Denver Post reported.

A Democratic vacancy committee appointed Rachel Zenzinger, a city councilwoman from Arvada, Colo., to fill Hudak’s seat, according to the Post. 

In a letter explaining her decision to leave office, Hudak wrote that her resignation would protect gun control legislation that sparked a recall movement against her and other state legislators who voted for those laws. Hudak also told TPM in an interview that she suspected the recall movement was a power grab by Republicans looking to regain a majority in the legislature.


Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at