Elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2010, Chris quickly gained recognition as a credible constitutional conservative. Many legislators try to distance themselves from their voting record while campaigning. Not so for Chris Holbert. In 2011, Chris was rated the #1 House “Guardian of Liberty” by Liberty Watch Colorado and their #1 “Champion for Liberty” in 2012. Chris also became the highest rated member of the Douglas County state legislative delegation all four of his years in the state House.
Chris was elected to the state Senate during the 2014 election cycle. In 2015, the Denver Post recognized him as one of the few “winners” of that session due in part to to his bi-partisan, bi-cameral, leadership to reduce the frequency of K-12 assessments and to guaranty a parent’s right to opt their kids out of standardized assessments. In 2016, the Colorado Statesman named Senator Holbert one of their “winners” due to 26 of the 28 bills for which he was prime sponsor becoming law. Senator Holbert’s 92.8% close ratio was, by far, the most effective in the legislature that year.
Following the 2016 elections, the Senate Republican caucus elected Senator Holbert to serve as Majority Leader of the Colorado Senate. Under his leadership, Senate Republicans began to hold regular press briefings, something that had not been done for many years.
Due in part to that effort, reporters soon began to recognize Senate Republicans as being the “adults in the room” when it came to discussing policy solutions for Colorado.