State GOP Officers
State Party Chairman
Ken Buck learned the value of hard work from his grandfather, who opened a shoe repair store in Greeley in the 1930’s. One of three brothers, Ken worked his way through high school, college and law school as a janitor, truck driver, furniture mover and as a ranch hand. He even coached high school football while finishing law school.
Ken graduated from Princeton University where he played football for the Tigers. He received his law degree from the University of Wyoming in 1985.
After law school, Ken worked for Congressman Dick Cheney (R-WY) on the Iran-Contra Investigation and then became a prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice. In 1990 Ken joined the Colorado U.S. Attorney’s Office where he became the Chief of the Criminal Division.
In 2002 Ken joined Hensel Phelps Construction Co. in Greeley as a business executive.
Since 2004 Ken Buck has been elected Weld County District Attorney three times by large margins. He lead a staff of more than sixty people with a strong record of criminal prosecution and crime prevention. Since taking office in 2005 the crime rate in Weld County dropped 50%, one of the best records in the country.
Ken is a Christian and a leader in his profession and community. Ken has volunteered and served on the boards of many important community groups. As District Attorney, Ken brought together community leaders to create the Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC). The Center has helped more than two thousand kids and their families get back on the right path in life.
As a member of the U.S. Congress, Ken calls for a return to conservative principles to rein in the government, cut the massive spending, and pass a constitutional balanced budget amendment.
Ken’s strong, independent voice to maintain our U.S. Congress seat has been heard and Coloradans are responding with passion and enthusiasm.
Ken’s wife Perry served as the Vice Chair and Secretary of the Colorado Republican Party and is currently a Representative in the Colorado House. They live in Windsor where Perry owns a small business. Ken’s son Cody graduated from West Point and is a US Army Officer. Daughter Kaitlin is a business executive in Colorado after graduating from Clemson University.
RNC National Committeewoman
Colorado GOP National Committeewoman Vera Ortegon is a longtime leader in the Colorado Republican Party. In 2014, Mike Kopp, GOP Colorado gubernatorial candidate, chose her as his Lieutenant Governor candidate. In 2012, she was one of the nine GOP Presidential Electors for the State of Colorado.
Vera is also a former Pueblo City Councilwoman, a business owner for the last 35 years, very involved in Colorado water issues for over two decades, and precinct chair for the past 20 years. She was born and raised in Colombia, South America, legally immigrated to the United States, and she was Naturalized in 1977.
She graduated with a degree in Microbiology and Biochemistry from Rutgers University. Vera has been married for 40 years to Dr. Anthony Ortegon, and they have two sons, two great daughters-in-law and two adorable grandchildren.
RNC National Committeeman
Kristi Burton Brown
State Party Vice-Chairman
Kristi Burton Brown is the Vice Chair of the Colorado Republican Party, a constitutional attorney, and a policy analyst. She helped to negotiate Sen. Tim Neville’s Free Speech on Campus bill and has testified for legislation in multiple states on behalf of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the research and education arm of the Susan B. Anthony List. She is the author of “Do Justice: Practical Ways to Engage Our World,” and a wife and mother of two kids.
State Party Secretary
State Party Treasurer
CRC Treasurer Richard Elsner is a fourth generation Coloradan with his family first arriving in 1873. He made his home Park County in 1978 after growing up in Arapahoe County.
Richard has served in many areas of the GOP. He was the Park County Chairman for 8 years and has also served as the 6th Congressional District Secretary, 2nd Congressional District Secretary/Treasurer, member of the State Executive Committee, as well as the State Audit Chairman for 4 years.
After many years of IT experience in database design and data analytics, Richard is currently serving as a County Commissioner for Park County, having been elected to that post in 2016. Richard has been married to his wife Debbie for 43 years and has two sons and one daughter.