Sexual harassment complaint against Sen. Randy Baumgardner found “credible,” victim claims

Author: Marianne Goodland - February 1, 2018 - Updated: February 7, 2018

KUNC’s Bente Birkeland reported late Wednesday night that a sexual harassment complaint against Republican Sen. Randy Baumgardner of Hot Sulphur Springs has been found “credible,” according to the woman who filed the complaint.

The woman is a former legislative aide and told Birkeland she learned the results of the investigation on Tuesday from a Senate staffer. “The woman said the staffer told her ‘the evidence suggests there should be a consequence,'” according to the KUNC report.

Baumgardner is chair of the Senate Transportation Committee and this year is a sponsor of the Senate Republicans’ top priority bill, Senate Bill 1, which seeks to put $300 million of existing state revenues into transportation.

Senate Republicans reacted to the news this morning with a statement from Senate President Kevin Grantham of Cañon City.

“We remain bound by confidentiality requirements that exist to protect the integrity, fairness and legality of an ongoing [their emphasis] complaint review process …. We are not free to detour from that process simply because someone shares something with the press. If and when we can say something, we will. Until then, we will continue to follow and respect the process.”

Baumgardner is one of four lawmakers — two House Democrats and two Senate Republicans — who have been accused of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct. Democratic Rep. Paul Rosenthal of Denver was cleared of a misconduct charge earlier this month by the Speaker of the House because the alleged event occurred before he was a lawmaker.

At least three complaints have been filed against Democratic Rep. Steve Lebsock of Thornton; that investigation is ongoing, as is one against Republican Sen. Jack Tate of Centennial.

On Thursday House lawmakers unveiled signs they plan to display in their offices declaring those spaces “harassment-free.”


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.