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December 10, 2020


DENVER, CO — Speaker-designate Alec Garnett today announced his appointment of Rep. Adrienne Benavidez to the role of Speaker Pro Tempore.

“Adrienne Benavidez is a dedicated public servant and a proven leader who will make an excellent Speaker Pro Tempore,” said Speaker-designate Alec Garnett, D-Denver. “As our caucus Co-Whip and a prominent member of the Judiciary Committee, Rep. Benavidez has again and again demonstrated her commitment to our caucus and the Colorado values we fight for at the Capitol. I’m proud and excited to have Adrienne on our already stellar leadership team as we work to build back a stronger Colorado.”

“I’m proud and humbled to be chosen for the role of Speaker Pro Tempore,” said Rep. Benavidez, D-Adams County. “I look forward to getting to work with our new leadership team and to continue to deliver results for the people of my community and Colorado as a whole. As we work to rebuild and reinvigorate our state, I’m dedicated to creating a more equitable economy and advancing the cause of justice in our communities.”

Rep. Benavidez will be serving her third term in the state legislature and will continue to serve on the House Judiciary and Finance committees. She represents House District 32, which includes Commerce City and parts of unincorporated Adams County.

The Speaker Pro Tempore presides over the House when the Speaker is absent. One of the only leadership positions not elected by the majority caucus, the Speaker Pro Tempore is appointed by the Speaker.

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