Governor Polis Releases Statement on Resignation of Congressman Ken Buck

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

DENVER - Colorado Governor Jared Polis released the following statement upon the notice of Colorado Congressman Ken Buck’s resignation at the end of next week.

“I thank Ken for his years of public service to Colorado. From his time as Weld County District Attorney to his time in Congress, he has shown his deep commitment to improve public safety and to serve our nation. I wish him all the best in this next chapter. To ensure that Colorado has the representation we deserve in Congress, and to minimize taxpayer cost, I plan to take swift action to set the date of the special election to fill the vacancy created by Ken Buck’s resignation to align with Colorado’s primary on June 25th,” said Governor Jared Polis. 

The Governor will set the date for a special election for the Fourth Congressional District of Colorado to elect a representative who will serve the remainder of Representative Buck’s unexpired term. The Governor intends that the date of the special election will align with the primary election on June 25. 

Colorado law requires the Governor to set the date of the special election no less than 85 days and no more than 100 days after the date the vacancy occurs. Once the Governor sets the date, the parties will identify candidates, and unaffiliated candidates may petition onto the special election ballot. 

Governor Polis released this statement when Congressman Buck announced his retirement.