Rookie Politician

Editor's Choice
Leroy Garcia, State Representative

Much to the chagrin of his fellow Democrats, Pueblo's newbie representative, Leroy Garcia, held out on some of the party's gun control laws, including the controversial limit on magazines. Political suicide? Hardly. Garcia proved to his constituents that he could fight, a skill that helped him push through legislation for emergency medical service providers and small businesses. Most notably, he's worked hard to convert former correctional facility Fort Lyon into a transitional housing facility for the homeless and veterans. We may not agree with him on everything, but we have to appreciate his work ethic.

Reader's Choice
Scott Gessler, Colorado Secretary of State

Really, readers? Gessler is no newbie to politics (he's been secretary of state since 2011). And, since he's eyeing the governor's office, there's little doubt that he plans to be around for a while.