Senate District 11 (Colorado Springs)
Senator Michael Merrifield began his first Senate term in 2015. Prior to his election, he served in the House of Representatives from 2002 to 2010. A long-time resident of the Pikes Peak region, he raised a son and a daughter and now lives in downtown Colorado Springs. In November 2016, Senator Merrifield was elected by his colleagues to serve as Caucus whip. He currently sits on the Senate Education committee.
He was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives for District 18 in 2002 — he was the first Democrat elected to the legislature from El Paso County in over a dozen years.
From 1996 to 2000, Sen. Merrifield served as an elected member of the Manitou Springs City Council, where he co-authored a bond initiative to purchase areas along Fountain Creek that became open space trails and a skateboard park. He is also a past board member of the Trails and Open Space (TOSP) Coalition and currently serves on its advocacy committee.
Sen. Merrifield is a retired teacher, former City Council member, former small business owner, and outdoor enthusiast. He has long enjoyed mountain biking and backcountry skiing and has worked to preserve the qualities that make Colorado a great place to live. Sen. Merrifield was born in Ottawa, Kansas in 1947. He attended the University of Arizona as both an undergraduate and a graduate student. He earned his Master’s degree in Music Education. Because of his ability to work effectively with all members of the state legislature, Sen. Merrifield has been able to secure the passage of dozens of important bills.