Senate Republicans embrace the past and future at pre-session fundraiser

Former Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp and former Senate Majority Leader Norma Anderson, along with her daughter-in-law, former Jefferson County Clerk Pam Anderson at Tuesday night's Senate Republican fundraiser.
Former Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp and former Senate Majority Leader Norma Anderson, along with her daughter-in-law, former Jefferson County Clerk Pam Anderson, at Tuesday night’s Senate Republican fundraiser.
Former state Sen. Mark Hillman of Burlington and Arapahoe County Commissioner Nancy Doty, who is running for the state Senate.
Former state Sen. Mark Hillman of Burlington and Arapahoe County Commissioner Nancy Doty, who is running for the state Senate.

The Senate Republicans’ fundraising gala tonight featured the usual mix of lawyers, lobbyists and lawmakers but tonight there was an added ingredient: a bit of history.

Former Gov. Bill Owens, whose lengthy political career included a stint in the state Senate, was present as were three former GOP Senate minority or majority leaders: Norma Anderson of Lakewood, Mark Hillman of Burlington and Mike Kopp of Littleton.

All left their mark on the Senate.

“It’s good to see so many people,” said Anderson, who posed with plenty of folks who wanted a picture with her.

Rep. J. Paul Brown of Ignacio and Sen. John Cooke of Greeley at a Republican fundraiser Tuesday night.
Rep. J. Paul Brown of Ignacio and Sen. John Cooke of Greeley at a Republican fundraiser Tuesday night.

The House Republicans also held their fundraiser Tuesday night, and several of those lawmakers wandered over to the Senate soiree at The Cable Center when party ended nearby. Democrats in the House and Senate held their fundraisers Monday night.

Once the session begins Wednesday, lawmakers cannot accept donations. The ban continues until the session ends in May.

Senate President Bill Cadman of Colorado Springs, who is serving his final term, introduced his caucus members and 2016 Senate candidates in a speech that was pure Cadman, billed as the guy who’s funnier than Bill Murray. (He’s not — no one is — but at times he comes pretty close.)

The event was organized by the Westbrooke Group (where do they get those Colorado cookies?).

Among the Senate candidates in attendance were Benjamin Lyng, former Rep. Bob Gardner and Rep. Kevin Priola.

State Sen. Kevin Grantham of Canon City, his wife, Caroline, and Secretary of State Wayne Williams at the Senate Republicans' fundraiser Tuesday night.
State Sen. Kevin Grantham of Canon City, his wife, Caroline, and Secretary of State Wayne Williams at the Senate Republicans’ fundraiser Tuesday night.