State Senator Dan Gibbs of Breckenridge released a statement Monday announcing he will not seek reelection in Senate District 16, instead opting to run for Summit County Board of County Commissioners.
Gibbs, 33, was appointed to the Senate in 2008 after being elected to the Senate in 2008. As Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, he was considered a key ally on transportation issues.
Governor Ritter said the following in a statement released Monday:
"As an effective advocate for the Western Slope and one of my strongest partners in the legislature, Sen. Gibbs will be sorely missed at the Capitol. I look forward to working closely with Sen. Gibbs during the 2010 session, but after that the General Assembly's loss will certainly be Summit County's gain. As chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, Sen. Gibbs has been a key ally in my administration's efforts to repair and keep Colorado's roads and bridges safe. Dan has also worked tirelessly with my administration and the federal government to address the bark beetle infestation in Colorado's forests. He is a talented legislator with a bright future as a county commissioner, and I wish him the best."
In a letter to supporters, Gibbs said he was looking to focus more on local issues:
I have been blessed to serve my community under the gold dome as a State Representative and State Senator, and as an aide to Congressman Mark Udall for six years. These experiences have given me a rich understanding of complex issues facing our nation, our state and our local communities. I want to put my passion for policy making and adeptness for collaborative problem solving to use to help my local community that I call home, Summit County.
Read Gibbs' Entire Letter Below: