Meet Richard

On Saturday, December 28, 2019, Richard Holtorf, a Republican rancher, farmer, feedlot manager, and Army veteran of Washington County, was appointed as the new State Representative for House District 64.

Richard says that he has, “big boots to fill” and that he is “honored to have been selected to protect and advocate for the rural values of Eastern and Southern Colorado at the State Capitol.” Holtorf pledged to hold on to private property rights, Second Amendment rights, the agricultural and small business economic base in rural Colorado, and small town values, among many other things.


As a Republican State Representative, Richard Holtorf plans to continue providing veteran leadership as he represents the people of rural Colorado’s House District 64.

He earned the necessary 58 delegate votes, outlasting four other candidates at a vacancy committee meeting in Elbert County. State law dictates that a political party’s central committee may form a vacancy committee to select a candidate of the same party as the person who vacated the seat.

  • Pro-business legislator.
  • Traditional and pro-energy legislator.
  • Serves on the Public Health and Human Services Committee
  • U.S. Army War College Graduate
  • Masters of Business Administration Degree.

Results & Accomplishments

3rd Generation Rancher

As a third generation rancher, I have carried on the legacy of my Grandad, John C. Holtorf, and my Dad, John C. Holtorf Jr., running Buffalo Springs Ranch. So, personally, I’ve dealt with loss and have held on to what I think is important.

As a cattle rancher, farmer, and feedlot manager, I have kept our family business going for the past twelve years.

Representative Richard Holtorf

Veteran/Military Service:

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

  • Served on Battalion, Brigade, and Division Staff assignments. Commanded at the detachment, company, and battalion level. Completed all U.S. Army Military Education through the U.S. Army War College.
  • Passion runs deep in selfless service to his family, selfless service to his family ranch, and selfless 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 the Operations Center for airport security, 89th Troop Command
       Facilitated transition of airport security from armed National Guardsman to TSA

Family Man

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

  •  Married 28 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.

Formal Education

  • Graduated from Akron High School 1983
  • Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Degree from Colorado State Univerity. Graduated with Pi Tau Sigma Honors. 1987
  • Master of Business Administration at Boston University Metropolitan College 1994
  • Master of Strategic Studies at the U.S. Army War College in 2013 at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania

Community Involvement and Leadership

  • Washington County Farm Bureau President ~ 15 years
  • VFW Post #8064 Commander ~ Since 2017
  • Washington County Farm Bureau board member ~ 22 years
  • Washington County Stockman’s Association ~ 20 years
  • Washington County Republican Committee ~ 4 years
  • Washington County Planning and Zoning Committee ~ 2 years
  • 4-H leader and Akron FFA advisory committee member
  • Washington Co. Court volunteer translator, English to Spanish
  • Colorado District 64 Representative 2019 – 2022

“I will do everything I can to fight for small and large businesses to get our economy rolling again.”

Representative Richard Holtorf

2020 Endorsements


Representative Richard Holtorf is a pro-business legislator. Now, more than ever, we need Colorado to open its businesses and open our society to pre-COVID-19 levels. In the coming legislative session, he will do everything he can to fight for small businesses and large businesses to get our economy rolling again. Business activity is the life blood of any economy. The following organizations have endorsed and/or contributed to the Holtorf for Colorado Campaign:

  • Colorado Chamber of Commerce
  • Colorado Banker’s Association
  • Wells Fargo Bank
  • Colorado Licensed Beverage Association
  • Colorado Ready Mixed Concrete Association
  • Colorado Stone, Sand and Gravel Association
  • Colorado Telecommunications Association
  • Comcast Corporation & NBC Universal
  • Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad PAC


Representative Richard Holtorf is a traditional and pro-energy legislator. It will take all energy resources to meet the energy needs of Colorado. State government, local government, and citizens’ rely on the revenue and resources that these energy companies provide today and into the near future. Clean, responsible energy from all of our natural resources supports our great state. The following organizations have endorsed and/or contributed to Holtorf for Colorado’s campaign: 

  • Colorado Advocates for Rural Electrification
  • Black Hills Corporation
  • Atmos Energy Corporation
  • Trapper Mining Company Political Committee

Public Health

Representative Richard Holtorf continues to serve on the Public Health and Human Services Committee. In his work supporting the mental health organizations and the mental health needs of Eastern and Southern Colorado, he is at the forefront working for a healthier Colorado. Representative Holtorf appreciates the endorsements and/or contributions provided by the following Colorado health organizations:

  • Colorado Physicians for Mental Health
  • Colorado Academy of Family Physicians
  • Colorado Dental Association
  • Colorado Optometric Association
  • Colorado Chiropractor’s Association
  • Colorado State Ass’n of Health Underwriters PAC
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:

The Kim Monson Show - The Kim Monson Show

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National Rifle Association Logo

"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."

National Rifle Association

Endorsement Letter

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