Levy Named Speaker Pro Tempore

(Jan. 3) – Making his last major appointment before the start of the 2013 legislative session, Speaker-designate Mark Ferrandino named Rep. Claire Levy (D-Boulder) today as speaker pro tempore, who runs the House of Representatives in the speaker’s absence.

“For all she has done for the House and for the State of Colorado, Claire richly deserves this recognition,” Rep. Ferrandino said. “She has been a strong voice for renewable energy and criminal justice reform, and she’s one of the hardest-working members of the House.”

“I appreciate Speaker Ferrandino’s confidence in me,” Rep. Levy said. “The 69th General Assembly has a lot of work to do, with many important issues to consider. I’m eager to get started.”

Rep. Levy is beginning her fourth and final term as the state representative for House District 13, which includes part of Boulder County and all of Clear Creek, Gilpin, Grand and Jackson counties. She is the senior House Democrat on the Joint Budget Committee, the key panel that writes and balances the state’s annual budget; chairs the House Appropriations Committee; and sits on the state Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice Reform.

Rep. Levy has sponsored bills to allow community solar gardens, third-party financing of rooftop solar panels and greater transparency in Xcel Energy’s power acquisition process. She has also sponsored legislation to limit the transfer of underage suspects into the adult criminal system and to require that youths detained in adult jails be given access to an education. Other bills she has sponsored regulate the use of solitary confinement for offenders with mental illness and prohibit shackling of pregnant inmates during labor and delivery.

Her wide-ranging interests have also included sponsorship of bills to facilitate voting by members of the armed forces serving overseas, to prohibit texting while driving and prohibit all cell phone use by young drivers, to prevent insurance companies from shortchanging their customers on casualty claims and to create a transit and rail division within the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Speaker pro tem is strictly the speaker’s appointment, and is the only House leadership position that is not elected by the majority or minority caucus or the full House.

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