Friday, January 4, 2013

Veteran Rep. Levy to be House speaker pro tempore

Veteran Democratic Rep. Claire Levy of Boulder will serve as the speaker pro tempore of the House of Representatives during the 69th General Assembly.

Levy, who chairs the chamber's appropriations committee, was named to the ceremonial post by speaker-designate Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver.

“For all she has done for the House and for the State of Colorado, Claire richly deserves this recognition,” Ferrandino said in a statement.

Levy, 56, is beginning her fourth and last term in the House of Representatives. First elected in 2006, she has advocated for many renewable energy and criminal justice measures.

In addition to her post on the House Appropriations Committee, Levy is a member of the powerful Joint Budget Committee.

The speaker pro tempore has no formal duties in the chamber. By tradition she presides when the speaker is not available.