Colorado State Rep. Hugh McKean (R) dies

Colorado State Representative and House Minority Leader Hugh McKean (R) died on Sunday after suffering a heart attack. He was 55 years old.

Before joining the Colorado House of Representatives in 2016, McKean served on the Loveland City Council. He also served on the New Vision Charter School Board and the Thompson School District Master Planning Board.

McKean won the Republican primary on June 28, 2022, winning 56% of the vote. He was running unopposed in next week’s general election. McKean’s replacement will be picked by appointment.

As of November 2022, there have been 132 state legislative vacancies in 42 states. Of the 132 vacancies, 68 are Democratic, 62 are Republican, and two are independent. Democrats have filled 37 vacancies, Republicans have filled 25, and independents have filled one.

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