Thursday, September 9, 2010

Republican State Sen. Schultheis leaves the legislature

Faith, family, and a profound respect for the nation’s Founding Fathers are what retiring Colorado Springs Republican Sen. Dave Schultheis says drive his politics and make him tick. It is that credo that also has earned him a reputation as an outspoken and steadfast conservative, at times even outflanking his own caucus on hot-button issues. As he winds down the last of his 10 years in the General Assembly–having turned aside what by all accounts would have been easy re-election in his overwhelmingly Republican district–Schultheis exits as arguably one of the most controversial members to have served in the past decade.

After reading about legislation in his local Colorado Springs newspaper that he felt strongly about, Schultheis entered the political arena in 2000, serving first in the House and then in the Senate for the past four years. He said he decided to run for office based on the guiding principles that the Republican Party rallies around – limited government and individual freedom–to see if the voters in his district would respond favorably. They did.   More -

Via Debi Brazzale / Colorado News Agency

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