Following diagnosis of rare immune-related condition
On December 31, 2019 Senator Lois Court was hospitalized after experiencing muscle weakness and partial paralysis. Shortly thereafter, she was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome–– a rare autoimmune disorder that affects the peripheral nerves of the body.
Due to the severity of the illness, Senator Court has decided to step down, effective Jan. 16, 2020. Although it is a serious diagnosis, 99% of people who are diagnosed recover, with 98% returning to full functionality within several weeks or months.
Senator Court has served the people of Colorado faithfully for over 12 years, first as an aide to State Representative Andy Kerr, then as a State Representative herself for House District 6, and finally as a State Senator for District 31. Sen. Court has led the Senate chamber most recently as their elected President Pro-Tempore, has championed gun safety legislation, and been a stalwart voice for fiscal reform.
Living in the 7th Avenue Parkway Neighborhood for over 35 years, Sen. Court has been an active community member and dedicated civil servant over the decades–– teaching American government at Red Rocks Community College and working as an aide to former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb.
“It has been the honor of my life to serve the people of Colorado and I am deeply saddened that this chapter of my life is at a close. But I am excited by the work my colleagues are undertaking and will continue to cheer them on and be an active citizen of Senate District 31,” said Senator Lois Court (D-Denver). “I would also like to thank all of my wonderful supporters and constituents––I could have never achieved what I did without your unfailing passion and guidance.”
With Senator Court’s departure, the Senate District 31 Committee will convene and begin their process to appoint her replacement.
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