A Republican Colorado state senator says she will resign to focus more on her family and private law practice.
The Durango Herald reports that the departure of Republican Sen. Ellen Roberts of Durango could have an impact on the balance of power in the Senate, with only a one-seat majority for the GOP heading into the election. Roberts also serves as president pro tem, so her resignation will mean a change in Senate Republican leadership.
Roberts announced Sunday that she will resign as of Dec. 31. She has spent six years in the state Senate and four in the House.
District Republicans are likely to meet on Jan. 3 to fill Roberts' seat. Rep. Don Coram of Montrose told the Durango Herald that he will ask to replace Roberts.
Information from: Durango Herald, http://www.durangoherald.com