BREAKING: Sen. Lois Court Will Resign

UPDATE: From Gov. Jared Polis:

“Lois Court has been a tireless champion for Coloradans at the capitol. From the House to the Senate, she fought for fiscal reform and stood up for her constituents – no one has a clearer compass on the issues she cares about,” said Governor Polis. “Sen. Court’s grit and effectiveness as a legislator will be missed. I wish Sen. Court a speedy and complete recovery as she and her family overcome this challenge.”

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Sen. Lois Court.

A press release from the Colorado Senate Democrats today with sad news, Sen. Lois Court of Denver will resign her seat for health reasons:

On December 31, 2019 Senator Lois Court was hospitalized after experiencing muscle weakness and partial paralysis. Shortly thereafter, she was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome–– a rare autoimmune disorder that affects the peripheral nerves of the body.

Due to the severity of the illness, Senator Court has decided to step down, effective January 16, 2020. Although it is a serious diagnosis, 99% of people who are diagnosed recover, with 98% returning to full functionality within several weeks or months…

“Senator Court is a remarkable woman whose leadership has stood the test of time. Her fierce dedication to the people of Colorado has made her an inspiring legislator and colleague,” said Senate President Leroy Garcia (D-Pueblo). “We are all very grateful for her time as Chair of the Finance Committee and President Pro Tempore of the Senate––positions I always felt confident in knowing they were led by a person with such experience and dedication. We hold Senator Court in our thoughts during this difficult time and send her much healing.”

“It has been the honor of my life to serve the people of Colorado and I am deeply saddened that this chapter of my life is at a close. But I am excited by the work my colleagues are undertaking and will continue to cheer them on and be an active citizen of Senate District 31,” said Senator Lois Court (D-Denver). “I would also like to thank all of my wonderful supporters and constituents––I could have never achieved what I did without your unfailing passion and guidance.”

With Senator Court’s departure, the Senate District 31 Committee will convene and begin their process to appoint her replacement.

Adding our wishes for a speedy recovery.

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  1. bullshit!bullshit! says:

    Damn, that's sad. Hope she gets better.

  2. harrydobyharrydoby says:

    As a volunteer on her 2008 and 2010 campaigns, I found her to be one of the smartest, compassionate and determined voices advocating good government and passionately principled votes to make Colorado a better place for all its citizens.

    I wish her a speedy and full recovery.

  3. JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

    Best wishes for Lois Court's health and continued involvement in the public life of SE Denver.

    The vacancy committee is going to have an interesting set of choice — two candidates already announced.  Others who were thinking of it may encourage the committee to consider them.   Do they want to give one candidate an incumbent's advantage for the 2020 election, or pick an activist who commits to NOT running for the full term?

  4. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    Please enlighten me. What is magical about January 16 ?

  5. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    Jan 16 might give Lois a bit better pension, dave.

    I shall miss her.  I gave money and werk to a number of women candidates in 2016, led by Hillary.  In the end, only Lois and DA Beth McCann broke through.

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