Colorado is down one leadership position in the House, but gained a new one in the Senate.

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner was named as a Republican deputy whip, along with Mitt Romney of Utah, John Cronyn of Texas, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Martha McSally of Arizona, along with a half-dozen eastern staters.

It’s good to have friends in the Senate leaderhip, especially since Colorado lost its House post because someone got greedy for power.

With the House in Democratic hands, U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette was booted from her chief deputy whip role last month after she challenged her boss for the title position.

She withdrew from the challenge, after allegations of racist campaign tactics.

Congratulations, Sen. Gardner!