Ken Buck Congress
Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., the chairman of the Colorado Republican Party, speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 30, 2019.

U.S. Rep. Ken Buck said Thursday that he won’t seek a second term as chairman of the Colorado Republican Party, paving the way for several potential candidates to begin campaigning for the party position.

“I’m proud to be a Colorado Republican and feel that I can best continue to fight for our state and conservative values in other capacities,” Buck said in an email sent to Colorado Republicans.

“I am pleased with the work the state party has done over the last two years to create a strong base that will benefit our Party for years to come. We have reinvested in data, fundraising, communications, our volunteers, and have worked to show the people of Colorado that our Party is one that knows how much Results Matter.”

Buck was elected in November to a fourth term representing the heavily Republican 4th Congressional District, anchored by Weld and Douglas counties and covering the Eastern Plains.

The same night, Democrats notched wins across Colorado, with Joe Biden trouncing President Donald Trump in the state and former Gov. John Hickenlooper unseating U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner. Democrats also padded their majority in the state Senate by a seat and maintained their 41-25 majority in the state House of Representatives.

“I want to thank you all for allowing me the privilege of serving as chairman of the Colorado GOP,” he said. “I look forward to continuing to be a part of a unified Republican Party here in Colorado as we fight to retake our state and deliver meaningful results for the hard-working folks across the Centennial State.”

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