Boyz II Men, Colorado politics style

Chase Penry, the son of former state Sen. Josh Penry, and David Brophy, the son of former state Sen. Greg Brophy.  (Brophy photo)

When they were little boys, they lived across the state from each other but occasionally played together at the state Capitol when their dads brought them to work.

These days, Chase Penry and David Brophy live in the metro area and face each other on the basketball court. Chase attends Cherry Creek High School while David goes to Arapahoe High School.

The teens’ dads are former Sen. Josh Penry, who was from Grand Junction, and former state Sen. Greg Brophy, who was from Wray.

“It’s a small world after all,” the senior Brophy said. “As a parent in sports, it really changes the nature of the game when you know and truly like the opposition kids. You want him to play well, but his team to lose!”

Chase Penry, 7, does homework in his dad’s office at the state Capitol. (Lynn Bartels photo)
David Brophy, almost 3, sits in his dad’s chair at the state Capitol. (Brophy photo)

The Cherry Creek Bruins beat the Arapahoe Warriors 60-45 Wednesday night.

The boys are on the same team when they play in club basketball, which they are likely to do again this summer, Brophy added.

Brophy first was elected to the state House in 2002, Penry in 2004. They then served in the state Senate. Penry was known as a fierce advocate for Western Colorado and also worked with Democrats to enact pension reform. Brophy fought Democrats over gun bills in the 2013 session and was passionate about the needs of rural Colorado.

Former state Sen. Josh Penry and his son, Chase, a wide receiver at Cherry Creek High School. (Penry photo)
Former state Sen. Greg Brophy stumps for Amendment 71 at an event in 2016. Voters approved the ballot measure, which makes it more difficult to amend the state Constitution. (SOS photo)

Before his legislative career, Penry worked in Washington for Congressman Scott McInnis. After his career at the statehouse, Brophy worked for Congressman Ken Buck.

Two years ago, Brophy and Penry teamed up to push Raise the Bar, a ballot measure that  would make it more difficult to amend the state Constitution. It passed in all but four of Colorado’s 64 counties.