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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinNovember 10, 201615min561

Saying he wanted signs of support from his Republican colleagues before he agreed to continue serving on the Colorado legislature's Joint Budget Committee, that's what state Rep. Bob Rankin of Carbondale received during a party leadership caucus at the state Capitol Thursday, Nov. 10. Rankin, who has been the House GOP member on the JBC for the last two years, faced a challenge from state Rep.-elect Susan Beckman, who defeated Democrat Robert Bowen for the District 38 seat two days earlier in the general election. Rankin and Beckman were both nominated for the JBC slot and Rankin was declared the winner after a secret paper ballot.