Rachel Zenzinger sworn in as new State Senator Friday, replaces Edie Hudak who resigned

DENVER - A former Arvada city councilwoman was sworn in as a state senator Friday.

Democrat Rachel Zenzinger fills the seat of former Sen. Evie Hudak. Hudak resigned rather than face a possible recall election over her support of gun control measurers earlier this year.

Hudak's Democratic colleagues, Senate President John Morse and Sen. Angela Giron, were ousted in similar recall elections in September.

"In the interest of preserving the progress made over the last year, I am resigning as State Senator for District 19," Hudak wrote in a letter of resignation sent to the Secretary of the Senate last month.

Zenzinger said she looks forward to serving and thanked Hudak.

"Thank you, Evie Hudak, for everything you have done for Colorado," Zensinger said in a statement after being chosen as the replacement senator. "Now we have to move forward, and I am eager to get to work on the tough issues facing our state, including economic development, job creation, education, transportation and healthcare."

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