Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman’s death penalty repeal bill was voted down by Republicans in committee last Wednesday, just as she expected. Speaking before the hearing, Guzman said she hoped mainly that the bill would foster heartfelt conversation on the issue.
“It was not to be,” she said. She thinks she might have pulled off the repeal if Democrats in November had won a majority in the state Senate, but Republicans maintained the majority by one vote. She shrugged. “Maybe it’s the conversation that’s important, going through all these steps together. I think that’s a good legacy.”
Guzman, a Denver Democrat, arrived at the Senate as an appointee in 2010, filling the District 34 seat vacated by Paula Sandoval. Guzman is term limited and has only one more session to serve at the Capitol. She is also a minister with a degree from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver — and that’s the part of her background that seems closest to surface when she talks about capital punishment.