What Do Each of the Elected Offices Do?

US SENATOR (CONGRESS): Your United States Senator performs the three functions: 1) confirms or disapproves any treaties the president negotiates with other countries. 2) confirms or disapproves presidential appointments. 3) holds a trial for a federal official who commits a crime against the country. The Senate acts as jury and judge. The Senate does all its work in committees. Committees determine which bills will go to the floor of the full Senate for a vote. Committees also draft legislation. They have access to expert information that provides an advantage when debating bills on the floor. Committee chairs have the most power.

US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (CONGRESS): Your US representative for your congressional district sponsors and drafts bills that are debated by the House and Senate, voted upon, then signed into law.

GOVERNOR: Signs bills that have passed through our state legislature into law, or can veto bills they deem unlawful.

SECRETARY OF STATE OF COLORADO: Collect, secure, and make accessible a wide variety of public records, ensure the integrity of elections, and enhance commerce.

COLORADO STATE TREASURER: Manages the Colorado State Treasury and the Colorado Department of the Treasury, a principal department of the Colorado state government.

ATTORNEY GENERAL: State’s chief law enforcement officer that assists district attorneys, local law enforcement, and federal and international criminal justice agencies making sure state laws are properly interpreted and enforced.

STATE HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE: Your representative for your state house district sponsors and drafts bills that are debated by the state house and senate, voted upon, then signed into law.

STATE SENATOR: Your representative for your state senate district sponsors and drafts bills that are debated by the state house and senate, voted upon, then signed into law.

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION: charged by Colorado Constitution with general supervision of the public schools.

CU REGENT: Oversees the CU budget, hiring of CU President, setting tuition rates and establishing university priorities.

BOULDER COUNTY COMMISSIONER: set policy budget for entire county, including regional development, health & human services, transportation corridors and access, and land, environment, and community service programs.

BOULDER COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY: Oversees staff of prosecutors with jurisdiction over felony and misdemeanor cases for the 20th Judicial District.

BOULDER COUNTY SHERIFF: Oversees administration, Boulder County Jail, Office of Emergency Management, Operations Division and Support Services.

BOULDER COUNTY CLERK: Oversees the Elections, Motor Vehicle and Recordings Divisions of the County Clerk’s office.

BOULDER COUNTY TREASURER: collects taxes for real property, mobile homes, and business personal property, handles banking and investment for the county.

BOULDER COUNTY ASSESSOR: Establishes property values for the county every two years.

BOULDER COUNTY SURVEYOR: must meet rigorous qualifications to be licensed as a Professional Land Surveyor in the State of Colorado.

BOULDER COUNTY CORONER: ID of deceased, notification of death to family, autopsies, initiation of Death Certificates, testifying in civil and criminal cases.

RTD DISTRICT BOARD DIRECTOR: 15 RTD board members represent the interests of their districts, oversee transit improvements and set policy for the organization.