Tim NevilleAfter walking the Appalachian Trail, Republican state Senator Tim Neville has decided to throw his hat in the ring for U.S. Senate. To that we say, Sen., you had to fly all the way east to find mountains? We’ve heard Colorado has a trail or two….

Neville joins Republican El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn in the race.  Several others including District Attorney George Brauchler, Colorado Springs businessman Robert Blaha, and Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith also are considering challenging our embattled Democratic U.S. Senator Michael Bennet.

In case you don’t know Sen. Neville, he has lived in Colorado since 1977 and currently represents Jefferson County in the Colorado State Senate’s District 16. An interesting fact is that his son, Patrick, also serves in the Colorado State Legislature as a state representative from Douglas County.

Neville was first appointed to the state Senate through a vacancy committee in 2011 and served for one year.  Due to re-districting, he sat out the 2012 election and, subsequently, won election to the newly-formed Senate District 16 in 2014.  Before holding elected office, Neville was involved in the political process as a volunteer and activist.

Neville spent much of his professional career in food service distribution and sales, and in restaurant management before that.  He is currently an EVP at Neville Insurance Associates, an independent insurance brokerage.  Neville holds a degree in business administration from Regis University.

Neville has been married for 35 years to his wife Barb.  They have two sons and five grandchildren.