Richard Holtorf

State Representative House District 64

As a Republican rancher, farmer, feedlot manager, and retired U.S. Army Colonel with 29 years of service, State Representative Richard Holtorf plans to continue providing veteran leadership as he represents the people of rural Colorado’s House District 64.

Aug 26, 2023 / By

Colorado JBS Plant toured by State Legislators

I toured the JBS plant last Friday, August 18. The group picture is JBS staff , Holtorf and 3 other legislators. Reps Gabe Evans, Ryan Armagost, and State Senator Byron Pelton. The cattle industry is vital to our rural Colorado economy and the JBS processing plant employs thousands of good people and processes 5000 head of cattle a day.

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Senator Jerry Sonnenberg

Senator Jerry Sonnenberg Endorses Rep. Richard Holtorf

"Representative Holtorf has shown his advocacy for agriculture and rural Colorado in his short time as a Representative. He never shies away from the battle at hand when that battle is an attack on our way of life. That is why I have endorsed this fellow cattleman and spokesman for Agriculture.


Thank you,

Jerry Sonnenberg
Colorado Senate District 1
     4465 CR 63
     Sterling, CO 80751
Kim Monson

“Colorado Grassroots leader and radio show host Kim Monson has endorsed my election for House District 63 representative.  Kim grew up in western Kansas.  Her family has been farming for five generations so she understands the challenges of rural Colorado and realizes that the attacks on Colorado’s farmers and ranchers leads to higher prices at the grocery store and possibly food shortages.

"Lets Have a Conversation"

The Kim Monson Show broadcasts live 6-8am, M-F on KLZ 560 AM, KLZ 100.7 FM, the KLZ website: KLZ 560 - The Dana Show, John Rush, Kim Monson & more | KLZ 560 AM (klzra and the KLZ app.  For past show recaps with the embedded podcast, just click on the picture for each day.  Kim searches for Truth and clarity regarding the issues we are facing by looking at them thru the lens of “Freedom vs Force, Force vs Freedom.”

For more information visit her websites:

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"On behalf of NRA members in Colorado House District 63, I am pleased to announce your NRA-PVF "A" rating and endorsement for the 2022 Colorado Primary Election. This endorsement is a reflection of your steadfast support of the Second Amendment and excellent voting record on firearm-related issues during your tenure in the Legislature."

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3rd Generation Cattle Rancher 

Richard Holtorf. 3rd generation rancher.Richard Holtorf has been the General Manager of Buffalo Springs Ranch since October 2006. He has managed a diverse production agriculture operation that includes a commercial cattle herd, a backgrounding feed yard, and a dryland farm in Washington County Colorado fifteen miles North of Akron. Richard manages the ranch that he and his brothers grew up on and is a strong supporter of muiltigenerational farm and ranch operations to sustain production agriculture for the future.

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As a third generation rancher, he has kept his family business going.

  • His passion runs deep when it comes to having a life in production agriculture in rural Colorado.
  • We want to promote multigenerational family ranches and farms. We have to hold on to our family enterprises and businesses. We can’t let them be eroded amid the difficult economic times.
  • We have to hold on to these legacies of our families, businesses, and communities.
     First generation starts the business
     Second generation builds the business.
     Third generation loses the business.


Senior Retired Military Veteran

Colonel (retired) Richard Holtorf served as a U.S. Army Aviation Officer for 29 years. He served five overseas tours, including two combat tours. Colonel Holtorf commanded at every level, from Company Command to Battalion Command. He attended every U.S. Army Officer Professional Development Course up to the U.S. Army War College. His vast military leadership skills are already at work for the people of House District 64 and will be vital in protecting rural values for rural Colorado.

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Military Service:

29 years of command, staff assignments, and leadership training.

  • Served on Battalion, Brigade, Division, Staff. Commanded at the detachment, company, and battalion level. Completed all U.S. Army Military Education through the U.S. Army War College.
  • Has faced many adversities.
  • Passion runs deep in service to his family, service to his ranch, and service to his country.
  • Many duty assignments including five overseas tours.
  • Two combat tours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Worked with several federal agencies.

  • Operation Noble Eagle
     CONUS-based operation
  • Airport security
     13 airports in Colorado
     OIC of Air Port Security, 89 th Troop Command
     Facilitated transition of airport security from armed National Guardsman to TSA


Family Man

Richard Holtorf's FamilyRichard is pictured here with his family. He is very proud to have raised his family in Eastern Colorado. Upon returning from active duty in 1994, he and his wife Mary raised their four daughters on Buffalo Springs Ranch. They are now enjoying starting the next chapter of their lives as grandparents.

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Despite many of life’s difficulties, including having divorced parents himself, he has kept the family together.

  •  Married 27 years, raised four daughters and has one granddaughter.
  • The commitment to family is enormous.

Decades of service, five overseas military tours, including two combat tours put enormous strain on his family.

Despite all that, Richard is still married to his first wife, and is proud to have held on to this commitment.



HB22-1132 Regulation And Services For Wildfire Mitigation

Concerning the provision of wildfire mitigation services, and, in connection therewith, regulating controlled burns on private property.

HB22-1268 Medicaid Mental Health Reimbursement Rates Report

Concerning a reporting of medicaid reimbursement rates paid to mental health providers.

HB22-1398 Insurance Companies' Registered Agents

Concerning the designation of registered agents by insurance companies for the purpose of receiving service of process, and, in connection therewith, requiring the commissioner of insurance to maintain a list of such registered agents and describing circumstances when service of process may be made on the commissioner rather than on an insurance company’s registered agent.

HB22-1383 Employment Opportunities For Juveniles
Concerning increasing the workforce by removing barriers to employment opportunities for juveniles.


SB22-118 Encourage Geothermal Energy Use

Concerning the encouragement of the use of geothermal energy by providing similar treatment to solar energy, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

House Joint Resolutions

HJR22-1023 Military Day Appreciation

Concerning appreciation for all United States military service members, regardless of race, gender, faith, or ethnicity.

HJR22-1019 Designate Pvt. Joe P. Martinez Memorial Highway

Concerning the designation of a portion of Colorado State Highway 85 as the “Pvt. Joe P. Martinez Memorial Highway”.

HJR22-1008 Contributions of Latino And Latina Veterans

Concerning recognition of the contributions of Latina and Latino veterans.

HB21-1116 Purple Heart Recipient Free State Park Access

Concerning access to state parks by purple heart recipients.

HB21-1215 Expansion Of Justice Crime Prevention Initiative
HB21-1279 Occupational Therapy Interstate Compact

Concerning the limited interstate practice of occupational therapy and providing for the issuance of provisional licenses to certain qualified individuals.

HB21-1301 Cannabis Outdoor Cultivation Measures

Concerning the removal of impediments to cannabis farming, and, in connection therewith, permitting contingency plans to reduce crop loss based on adverse weather and convening a working group to examine measures to reduce cross-pollination, and making an appropriation.

SB21-008 Remove Junior From Certain College Names

Concerning removing the word “junior” from the name of certain colleges.

SB21-234 General Fund Transfer Agriculture And Drought Resiliency

Concerning creation of the agriculture and drought resiliency fund, and, in connection therewith, transferring money from the general fund to the fund and making an appropriation.

SB21-248 Loan Program For Colorado Agriculture

Concerning assistance for agriculture in Colorado, and, in connection therewith, establishing a loan program in the department of agriculture, transferring money from the general fund to a new agricultural future loan program cash fund to be used for the loan program, and making an appropriation.

HB20-1211 Sunset Regulation Of Egg Dealers

Sunset Regulation Of Egg Dealers

Concerning the continuation of the licensing of egg dealers, and, in connection therewith, implementing the recommendations contained in the 2019 sunset report by the department of regulatory agencies.
06/29/2020 | Governor Signed
HB20-1178 Increase Speed Limit On Certain Rural Highways

Increase Speed Limit On Certain Rural Highways

Concerning increasing the speed limit on rural state highways where it is safe to do so, and, in connection therewith, directing the department of transportation to identify these highways.
03/27/2020 | Governor Signed
HB20-1224 Agricultural Products Overweight Motor Vehicle

Agricultural Products Overweight Motor Vehicle

Concerning the issuance of an overweight permit for vehicles used to transport agricultural products from the place of production.
05/28/2020 | House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely

News & Updates

Fox 31 – Serving Those Who Serve

Fox 31 – Serving Those Who Serve

Representative Holtorf with Tom Roberts Fox 31 Hero of the month awardee. Rep Holtorf ran the two highway memorial bills that Tom Roberts advocated for 2 Weld County military hero's, PVT Joe Martinez & COL Stan Cass Read more at Fox 31's Colorado Website

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Hold On!

Hold On To Our Rural Lifestyle
  • There are many assaults on rural Colorado and our rural way of life.
  • Our private property rights are fundamental to our rural way of life, and we cannot let left-leaning or socialist-minded politicians infringe upon those rights.
Hold on to our agricultural economic base
  • Our agricultural economic base comes from our private property.
  • It is the foundation of our ag economy.
  • We must protect it from infringement.
Hold on to our Small Towns

Small Towns are the Nucleus of Eastern Colorado. We must maintain and preserve our small town economies.


  • We lose our micro-economies to macro-
    economies, we lose our small towns.
  • The money passing through our micro-economy in
    our communities is crucial to maintaining the
    economic health of our rural towns

We can’t let them shrink, depopulate, and erode our way of life.

Hold on to our Small Town Values
  • Knowing your neighbors by first name.
  • Helping neighbors in times of crisis
     Ex: In times of crisis, diseased farmer,
    neighbors help bring in the harvest for the last

May not find this in the city, but you do find it in Eastern Colorado.

Hold on to our Second Amendment Rights, our right to keep and bear arms

“I’m a lifetime member of the NRA, and believe that the right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right. One that should not be infringed upon.”

Richard Holtorf

  • I’m not afraid to fight.
  • I’ve served in two combat tours.
  • I’ve been in Helmand Province in Afghanistan, and I’ve seen the Taliban up close and personal.

I want to passionately fight for our rural way of life and what we hold dear in Eastern Colorado.

Representative Richard Holtorf

Mission & Values

Mission: My mission as your Representative is to keep Colorado a Rocky Mountain state, preserve our Western heritage and our Colorado traditions, and stop making Colorado Eastern California. 

Values: I’ve never given up on anything that life has thrown in front of me. If you select me to continue filling the big boots that Kimmi Lewis wore, I will guarantee to hold true to preserving our rural values.
I will never give up on our rural way of life, and you can rest assured that I will have my constituents’ backs every day at the Capitol.

I will continue to fight the leftists, socialists, and activists that control all
three branches of our state government. I will fight with tenacity. I will fight with oration and conviction to attempt to explain to the misguided Democrats, at every opportunity, that we must preserve what we hold dear in Eastern and Southern Colorado.

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