U.S. Rep. Ken Buck leaving office ten months early

BY FREDA MIKLIN
GOVERNMENTAL REPORTER

On March 12, U.S. Rep. Ken Buck (R), who represents Colorado Congressional District Four, announced that he will step down from his position as a Member of Congress on March 22. 

That will leave the seat vacant until a special election is held on June 25 to fill it. Until the winner of that contest is officially sworn in, the GOP will have a 218 to 213 majority in the House of Representatives.

In an interview on cable news, Buck said, “It is the worst year of the nine years and three months that I’ve been in Congress and having talked to former members, it’s the worst years in 40, 50 years…This place has just devolved into this bickering and nonsense and not really doing the job for the American people.” 

There are currently 10 candidates vying for the GOP nomination to run for Buck’s seat in what is viewed as a strongly Republican district. Contenders include former radio host Deborah Flora, former State Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg, and current CD3 U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, who has relocated from the state’s western slope to its eastern slope.

CD Four includes parts of Adams and Arapahoe Counties, plus 19 other full counties that comprise most of the eastern rural plains of our state, along with the front range local jurisdictions of Parker, Castle Rock, Loveland, and Highlands Ranch.