Memorial for former Sen. Ken Kester draws unprecedented group of former lawmakers

Author: Marianne Goodland - May 1, 2018 - Updated: May 1, 2018

"He reflected the best of the Senate because he reflected the best in us." They came from all over Colorado — the Western Slope, the Eastern Plains and the Front Range — and from both sides of the aisle and from both chambers, to honor the memory of one of the Senate's most beloved members, Republican Sen. Ken Kester. The memorial was the most moving memorial this reporter has seen in 20 years at the Capitol.

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Marianne Goodland

Marianne Goodland

Marianne Goodland is the chief legislative reporter for Colorado Politics. She's covered the Colorado General Assembly for 20 years, starting off in 1998 with the Silver & Gold Record, the editorially-independent newspaper at CU that was shuttered in 2009. She also writes for six rural newspapers in northeastern Colorado. Marianne specializes in rural issues, agriculture, water and, during election season, campaign finance. In her free time (ha!) she lives in Lakewood with her husband, Jeff; a cantankerous Shih-Tzu named Sophie; and Gunther the cat. She is also an award-winning professional harpist.