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The Government of Colorado is the governmental structure as established by the Constitution of the State of Colorado. It is composed of three branches: the executive branch headed by the Governor, the legislative branch consisting of the General Assembly, and the judicial branch consisting of the Supreme Court and lower courts. The constitution also allows direct participation of the electorate by initiative, referendum, recall and ratification.


The statewide elected officers are:

Donna Lynne (D)
Lieutenant Governor 
Cynthia Coffman (R)
Attorney General 
Wayne W. Williams (R)
Secretary of State 
Walker Stapleton (R)
State Treasurer 

The Lieutenant Governor is elected on a ticket with the Governor. All statewide elected officers serve four-year terms. There are also elected members of the Colorado State Board of Education, and the Regents of the University of Colorado are elected from districts coterminous with Colorado's congressional districts or at large. As a result, the Governor does not have direct management authority over either the Department of Education or any of the state's institutions of higher education.

The executive branch is otherwise composed of the principal departments:

  • Department of Agriculture (CDA)
    Colorado State Capitol Annex Building
    The State Capitol Annex in Denver
  • Department of Corrections (CDOC)
  • Department of Education (CDE)
  • Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF)
  • Department of Higher Education (CDHE)
  • Department of Human Services (CDHS)
  • Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE)
  • Department of Law (DOL)
  • Department of Local Affairs (DOLA)
  • Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA)
  • Department of Natural Resources (CDNR)
    One Civic Center Plaza, NE corner
    One Civic Center Plaza in Denver
  • Department of Personnel and Administration (DPA)
  • Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)
  • Department of Public Safety (CDPS)
  • Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA)
  • Department of Revenue (DOR)
  • Department of State (DOS)
  • Department of Transportation (CDOT)
  • Department of the Treasury (CDT)

Regulations are published in the Colorado Register and codified in the Code of Colorado Regulations (CCR).

Direct democracy

In addition to providing for voting, the people of Colorado have reserved initiative of laws and referendum of laws enacted by the legislature to themselves, and have provided for recall of office holders.

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