After weeks of not-so-subtle hints, Colorado State Representative Jon Keyser has officially thrown his hat into the ring for the chance to run against U.S. Senator Michael Bennet. Keyser is a lawyer by trade, but also represents House District 25 in Jefferson County, one of the most competitive counties in the state. He won his election by nine points.
With his launch, his campaign released the following statement:
“I’m running for the United States Senate to keep Colorado families safe from the growing threats we face across the world and to bring a new generation of economic opportunity to Coloradans after years of stagnation. Michael Bennet’s support for the disastrous Iran deal and his failure to stand up to his own party on national security issues has not only made Colorado less safe but has also emboldened America’s enemies. I’ve fought the enemy and I know from experience how to keep our families safe and secure. As Colorado’s next senator, I will always put Colorado first and continually work for dynamic solutions to the many challenges our country faces.”
Prior to his political life, Keyser attended the Air Force Academy and served in Iraq and Afghanistan. His combat experience earned him a Bronze Star medal. Keyser is a second-generation Coloradan who earned his way through law school partially by working on oil rigs.
Keyser joins state fellow Senator Tim Neville, Aurora Councilman Ryan Frazier, Jefferson County Commissioner Don Rosier , and El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn.
Keyser has resigned his position with Hogan Lovells and plans to resign his legislative seat effective January 23, and there will be a vacancy committee to fill the open seat.