Tochtrop says goodbye to political office

District 24 senator looks forward to more family time, traveling

Sen. Lois Tochtrop watches as Gov. John Hickenlooper signs one of her bills. Tochtrop, who is term-limited this year, will be retiring from public office. Courtesy photo
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Sen. Lois Tochtrop is retiring from public office.

Tochtrop, who represents District 24, will be term limited after this year and said she is done with being a politician.

“Frankly, I’m tired,” she said. “Sixteen years is a long time, I enjoyed it tremendously but I am ready to retire.”

Tochtrop was elected in 1998 to House District 34. She was then appointed to Senate District 24 in 2004, and elected to that position in 2006 and then re-elected in 2010. She said she has served longer than anyone else currently in the General Assembly.

District 24 covers Westminster, Northglenn and parts of Thornton. Tochtrop said that although she is a Democrat, she thinks she got support from Republican and unaffiliated voters because she always remembered who she represented and voted how her district wanted.

“I feel like I have done good for the state of Colorado and its citizens, but it’s time to move on,” she said.

Tochtrop wants to travel more in her retirement and already has plans for two trips — on May 12 she will be going to Las Vegas and in June she will go to Illinois for her granddaughter’s college graduation.

She vows to spend more time with her family, which she said she missed doing while serving in the public sector. She also wants to spend more time with volunteer work, raising awareness on the genocide in Armenia.

Tochtrop will host her last town hall with Rep. Cherylin Peniston, who served District 35 at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at Ciancio’s at Hyland Hills, 9650 Sheridan Blvd. in Westminster. The legislators will give a summary of this session and answer questions from attendees.

Tochtrop serves as chair of the Senate Business, Labor & Technology committee; and as a member on the Agricultural, Natural Resources & Energy, Joint Agriculture & Natural Resources, Legislative Audit committees and on the Legislative Council.