DENVER - Democrats elevated a Longmont man to the state Senate's top post Friday.Sen. Brandon Shaffer will become Senate president May 7 after the current president, Peter Groff of Denver, leaves office for a senior post in the U.S. Department of Education.
Shaffer had served as majority leader for the last year. Democrats also elected John Morse of Colorado Springs to be the new majority leader.
The president presides over the Senate and is elected by all 35 members. But with 21 Democrats, Shaffer is assured of election. The majority leader controls the Senate calendar and decides when to bring up bills for a vote.
Shaffer won re-election last year. Morse will be among the most targeted Democratic incumbents in the 2010 election.
Groff told his colleagues to keep focused on passing bills that help children.
"They don't care if it's a Democratic idea or a Republican idea. They only care that it's a Colorado idea that creates a better future," Groff said. "As long as you keep that in mind, the majority will be there."