|Member of the Colorado House of Representatives|
from the 51st district
Assumed office |
August 24, 2009
|Preceded by||Don Marostica|
|Profession||Small business owner, legislator|
Brian DelGrosso (born c. 1973) is a state representative in the U.S. state of Colorado. Del Grosso, a small business owner, was appointed by a Republican Party vacancy committee to the Colorado House of Representatives in August 2009 to fill the vacancy caused by Don Marostica's resignation. He represents House District 51, which encompasses the city of Loveland. He is the Minority Leader
Early life, education, and career
Raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming, DelGrosso joined the Wyoming Air National Guard after graduating from high school; he attended the University of Wyoming and served as a legislative aide for one year while in college. As a college student, he worked for Domino's Pizza, where he eventually rose to management and became the operations director of 20 stores, and later owned three Domino's franchises, two in Loveland and one in Windsor, Colorado. DelGrosso moved to Colorado around 2005; he and his wife, Amber, have four children, Andara, Bransen, Breeley and Zackary.
Gov. Bill Ritter tapped Rep. Don Marostica to serve as the state's Director of Economic Development in 2009, opening up a vacancy in Marostica's house seat. DelGrosso was one of five who put themselves forward for the vacancy committee appointment, standing against local activist Tom Buchanan and former legislative candidate Kevan McNaught, who had lost the Republican primary to Marostica in 2006. After giving a speech at the vacancy committee meeting in August emphasizing his small business experience and his frustration with state government, DelGrosso tied with Buchanan on the first ballot, receiving 19 votes from the 54-member committee. On the second ballot, after McNaught and other candidates withdrew, DelGrosso received a majority of 29 votes.
2010 legislative session
For his first legislative session, DelGrosso was named to seats on the House Finance Committee and the House State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee. In addition to vocally opposing the elimination of business tax credits, DelGrosso sponsored legislation to reduce the number of situations in which late vehicle registration fees are charged, to allow local governments to purchase workers compensation insurance for volunteers participating in property tax work-off programs, to allow alcoholic beverages to be served in luxury boxes of sports stadiums.
After his vacancy appointment, DelGrosso announced that he intended to seek election to a full term in 2010. He is expected to face Democrat and Loveland school board member Bill McCreary in the November 2010 general election.
In the 2012 General Election, Representative DelGrosso faced Democratic challenger Mark R. Shaffer. Delgrosso was reelected by a margin of 55% to 41% with the remainder of the vote going to third-party candidates.
- "House Journal - January 13, 2010" (pdf). Colorado General Assembly. Retrieved 2010-01-14.
- "Representative Brian DelGrosso". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 2009-12-22.
- Kosena, Jason (21 August 2009). "DelGrosso comes from nowhere to win HD 51 vacancy race". Colorado Statesman. Retrieved 2009-12-22.
- "State House District 51". COMaps. Retrieved 2007-12-08.
- "leadership". colorado general assembly. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
- Valenti, Jimmy (22 January 2010). "Newbies come to Legislature with eyes wide open". Colorado Statesman. Retrieved 2010-03-15.
- "Meet Brian". Brian DelGrosso. Retrieved 2010-03-15.
- Tomasic, John (14 August 2009). "Pizza man DelGrosso eschews GOP talking points and wins in Loveland". The Colorado Independent. Retrieved 2009-12-22.
- Knox, Don (14 August 2009). "HD-51: Was This The Speech That Won The Seat?". State Bill Colorado. Retrieved 2009-12-22.
- Dailey, Kathryn (14 August 2009). "Newcomer DelGrosso wins HD51 seat". Loveland Reporter-Herald. Retrieved 2009-12-22.
- "Rep. Brian DelGrosso announces: It's a healthy boy!". Denver Post.
- Knox, Don (12 August 2009). "Larimer Vacancy Committee Looks For Post-Marostica Representative". State Bill Colorado. Retrieved 2009-12-22.
- "Representative Brian DelGrosso". Colorado General Assembly. Retrieved 2010-03-15.
- Hacker, Tom (6 February 2010). "Local GOP lawmakers will fight tax bills". Loveland Reporter-Herald. Retrieved 2010-03-15.
- Flynn, Kevin (1 March 2010). "FASTER's late fees have auto owners faster at registering their cars". Inside Lane. Retrieved 2010-03-15.
- Fender, Jessica (9 February 2010). "Bill preserves property tax work-off programs". Denver Post. Retrieved 2010-03-15.
- Hutchins, Jackie (31 March 2010). "Workers' comp bill aids seniors". Loveland Reporter-Herald. Retrieved 2010-04-22.
- Bartels, Lynn (2 February 2010). "Two booze bills up today". Denver Post. Retrieved 2010-03-15.
- Sealover, Ed (2 February 2010). "Who Knew? Luxury-Box Beer Is A Crime". Denver Business Journal. Retrieved 2010-03-15.
- Folsom, Jamie (14 August 2009). "Surprising DelGrosso Wins District 51 Seat". Berthoud Recorder. Retrieved 2009-12-22.
- Bultema, Sarah (9 March 2010). "McCreary makes bid for state House". Loveland Reporter-Herald. Retrieved 2010-03-14.
- "CO - Election Results - Colorado Secretary of State".
- "State House 2012 Election Results - Denver Post".