John Morse chosen as state Senate president

Colorado Springs Democrat John Morse will serve as the next Senate president for the Colorado General Assembly.

More replaces Senate president Brandon Shaffer, a Democrat from Longmont, who will hold the position until the 2013 legislative session convenes Jan. 9.

“The time for politics and elections is behind us,” Morse said in a statement about the announcement. “Governing is hard, and it takes pulling everyone together-everybody in your caucus, everyone in the building, everyone outside your building. Let’s move this state forward.”

Morse worked his way through college on a paramedic ambulance. He also served as the police Chief of Fountain and as a Certified Public Accountant. He holds a Ph.D. in public administration.

Lucia Guzman of Denver will serve as president pro tempore, Morgan Carroll of Aurora will serve as the majority leader, Irene Aguilar of Denver will serve as the assistant majority leader and Gail Schwartz of Snowmass will serve as the majority whip.