2021 Emerging Leaders
Washington, DC – Today, GOPAC announced the twenty-four legislators in its 2021 class of Emerging Leaders. Nominated by the legislative leadership in their state, these legislators have demonstrated promise in positively impacting their state and rising within the Republican ranks.
“As Americans are seeking solutions to the issues our communities face, our 2021 class of Emerging Leaders has an excellent opportunity to advance ideas to make the lives of their constituents easier, safer, and better,” said GOPAC Chairman David Avella. “We welcome being part of their development and doing our part to support their success.”
The prestigious GOPAC Emerging Leaders Program is a year-long initiative to educate the next generation of Republican legislators. The Program equips these legislators with information to help legislate more effectively and ultimately achieve leadership roles within their state or run for higher office.
Emerging Leaders Class of 2021: Barb Kirkmeyer, Colorado Senator
Weld County’s reputation for going easy on taxpayers has been elevated to formal recognition. The county has picked up an award from the American City County Exchange, praising Weld’s “efforts to alleviate the tax burden on residents as well as progress in eliminating county debt,” according to a press release from the exchange.
Though the exchange’s first-ever Taxpayer Friendly Community Award was handed out last month in Denver at the annual meeting of parent group American Legislative Exchange Council — Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer formally accepted the honor at a reception July 19 — publicity is evidently just now making the rounds.
Jon Russell, Director of ACCE, noted Weld County’s achievements, lauding “Weld County is the Gold Standard for fiscal responsibility for localities across the country, having saved taxpayers more than $420 million since 2002. With no sales tax and no debt, I can think of no county more worthy of the very first Taxpayer Friendly Community Award than Weld County, CO.”
Weld County Farm Bureau presented each commissioner with a Certificate of Appreciation for their service to the agricultural community.
Citing specifically the commissioners’ work on water issues facing Weld County farmers and ranchers in 2012, Weld County Farm Bureau president Dennis Mundt thanked the board for addressing issues critical to the local agricultural community.
“The Weld County Farm Bureau likes to recognize somebody who has done outstanding service during the past year,” said Mundt.
“All of your efforts have been greatly appreciated by Weld County as well as the Colorado Farm Bureau,” continued Bob Winter, District 1 director for the Colorado Farm Bureau and Weld Farm Bureau member.
GREELEY — Weld County Commissioners today passed a resolution declaring Weld a “Second Amendment Sanctuary” county, with Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer saying state lawmakers got the title to the Red Flag bill all wrong.
Senate Bill 19-1177, which proponents say would take guns out of the hands of anyone who is deemed a risk to themselves or others for up to a year, likely drew it’s harshest critics in the five-member Board of Weld County Commissioners and Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams.
During the Fort Lupton Fire Protection District annual awards banquet last Saturday, Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer was presented with the organization’s prestigious Everett Hogelin Memorial Award. The award, named after the community leader and former member of the Fort Lupton Fire Department, is “presented annually…to the individual most exemplifying the characteristics of humility, dedicated citizenship and sincere concern for his fellow man that were lived by Everett Hogelin.”
Kirkmeyer’s service as chair of the e911 Authority Board for three years, chair of the North I-25 Coalition and the Highway 85 Coalition, president of the Fort Lupton Urban Renewal Authority Board, as well as her support of the families in the oil and gas industry, were all highlighted by Hogelin’s adult children who presented her with the honor. Recognition was also made of Kirkmeyer’s work with the Boys and Girls Club of Weld County and Fort Lupton, her volunteer service with the South Platte Historical Society and her service as vice-chair for the Family Resource Center of South Weld County.
“It is always wonderful to be recognized for your work,” said Kirkmeyer, “but when that recognition comes directly from your own home-town community, it’s extra special. I am truly honored and humbled to receive this award.”
Fort Lupton Fire Protection district Chief Phil Tiffany and Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer are pictured.
Of the 508 laws passed during the 2021 Colorado legislative session, many reflected an anti-biblical, anti-Christian worldview. The legislature often takes a position opposed to Colorado Christian University’s strategic priorities. These include the support of traditional family values, sanctity of life, compassion for the poor, biblical view of human nature, limited government, personal freedom, free markets, natural law, original intent of the Constitution, and Western civilization.
While the Christian, conservative worldview faces challenges in our state, there are brave men and women at the Colorado Legislature who believe that laws reflecting the teachings of the Bible are best to lead our state forward. Each year, these legislators are bestowed with the Faith, Family, and Freedom Award from the Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University because of their strong convictions.
2021 Faith, Family, and Freedom Award winners from the Colorado State Senate include John Cooke, Bob Gardner, Dennis Hisey, Chris Holbert, Barbara Kirkmeyer,
Paul Lundeen, Bob Rankin, Ray Scott,
Jerry Sonnenberg, and Rob Woodward.
We thank the legislators listed above for their
commitment to advancing faith, family, and
freedom for all Coloradans.
For faith, family, and freedom,
Director, Centennial Institute
Co-Chairman, Western Conservative Summit