Rep. Larry Liston's
Larry Liston was first elected to the Colorado State House in 2004. He has been overwhelmingly re-elected three more times from House District 16. As a 40 year resident of the neighborhood, Representative Liston has a deep understanding and affinity for the people of HD 16 & Senate District 10.
Since his first day serving in the legislature, Rep. Liston has been a member of the House Economic and Business Development Committee (formerly the Business and Labor Committee). He was ranking member for four years and now serves as Chairman of this important committee. Areas of oversight of his committee are the state Departments of Labor and Employment, of Personnel, of Regulatory Agencies, and the Governor's Offices of Economic Development and of Information Technology. Known as a friend of business, he works closely with the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry (CACI) and the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB).
Rep. Liston also served on the House Local Government Committee. He currently serves on the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee.
Since serving as a legislator, Rep. Liston has been honored by the endorsements of the NFIB, CACI, and the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce. In 2010, the Chamber named him "Legislator of the Year" in recognition of his work on behalf of Colorado businesses. He is a four-time recipient of the "Common Sense in the Courtroom," awarded by the Colorado Civil Justice League for his efforts to fight litigation aginst business and advocating for tort reform.
Rep. Liston's legislative tenure has been marked by legislation he has sponsored and passed which has had a positive impact for Colorado citizens. He has worked with his colleagues to pass job creation bills, bills which help get government out of the way of businesses creating jobs. Such bills include HB11-1188 increasing automotive industry jobs; HB11-1091, increasing medical industry jobs; HB11-1109, increasing telecommunications jobs; and HB08-1127, providing increased employment opportunities for the developmentally disabled.
In 2012, he has passed legislation to restore the solvency of Colorado's Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. Additionally, he passed HB12-1127 which gives start-up businesses a reduction in their first year unemployment insurance premiums. He also passed legislation –HB12-1221-- protecting the Colorado consumer from being overcharged for pathology services. Also, in this 2012 session, Rep. Liston is working on legislation –HB12-1294-- that will reduce and roll back onerous state rules and regulations imposed on medical and nursing facilities.
Rep. Liston has a long and proven record of legislative accomplishment and conservative leadership. He brings both private professional experience and legislative experience to his public service.