Statehouse veteran will replace Sen. Gigi Dennis

Brief by Central Staff

Politics – May 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

Parts of Central Colorado got a new state senator in April, and this isn’t even an election year.

The new senator, Lewis Entz of Hooper, is a statehouse veteran — he served in the General Assembly from 1983 until 1999, when term limits got to him, and he was a commissioner in Alamosa County before that.

He replaces Gigi Dennis, a Pueblo West Republican, who resigned in late March to take a federal patronage appointment as head of the Office of Rural Development in Colorado.

Entz took office on April 4. He was selected by the Republican nominating committee for the 5th Senate District, which spreads across ten counties from western Pueblo to the San Luis Valley, and he was endorsed by Dennis.