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Capitol veteran Lisa LaBriola named chief of staff for Colorado Senate Democrats

Author: Ernest Luning - July 11, 2017 - Updated: July 11, 2017

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Lisa LaBriola, the new chief of staff for the Colorado Senate Democratic Caucus, poses in this undated photograph on the second floor of the state Capitol in Denver. (Photo courtesy Colorado Senate Democrats)Lisa LaBriola, the new chief of staff for the Colorado Senate Democratic Caucus, poses in this undated photograph on the second floor of the state Capitol in Denver. (Photo courtesy Colorado Senate Democrats)

Lisa LaBriola is the new chief of staff for the Colorado Senate Democratic Caucus, Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman announced Monday.

LaBriola was most recently deputy chief of staff and policy director for the caucus. She takes over for Shad Murib in the top spot.

The Colorado native has been working for Senate Democrats at the Capitol since 2010, when she started as the first legislative aide for Guzman, a Denver Democrat. After that she served as executive assistant to state Sen. Morgan Carroll when Carroll was Senate Caucus chair, then executive assistant to Senate President John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, then executive assistant to Carroll when she took over as Senate president, and then assistant policy director for Carroll.

“It’s an honor to not only be named as chief of staff for a senator I have such tremendous respect and love for, but who happens to be my state senator as well,” LaBriola said in a statement. “We have an incredible team of senators and staffers here in our caucus, who together have advanced policies that impact people in Colorado. Whether it is addressing the opioid epidemic, saving rural hospitals, or protecting public lands, I am eager to continue to help our Senators fight for good legislation that keeps Colorado as the forward-thinking state we all love.”

Guzman had high praise for her constituent.

“Lisa is a true professional,” Guzman said in a statement. “It is rare to find someone with the combination of institutional experience, political savvy, and dedication to Democratic causes that Lisa brings to the table. It has been a pleasure to watch her grow professionally and personally, going all the way back to when she helped me on my first state Senate run. Lisa has been an integral part of high-level policy discussions and negotiations, and many important bills would never have passed without her help. I am excited to continue to have her as part of the team in this new leadership role.”

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning is a political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has covered politics and government for newspapers and online news sites in Colorado for more than 25 years, including at the Highlands Ranch Herald, the Jefferson Sentinels chain of community newspapers and the Aurora Sentinel, where he was the city hall and cops reporter. After editing the Aurora Daily Sun, he was a political reporter and blogger for The Colorado Independent site. Since 2009, he has been the senior political reporter and occasional editor for The Colorado Statesman.


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