A Denver lobbyist who has championed civil rights beat nine other Democratic contenders to become Colorado's newest state senator.
Pat Steadman won a vacancy committee election Wednesday night to replace Sen. Jennifer Veiga, D-Denver, who resigned to move to Australia.
Veiga had endorsed Steadman, who lobbies at the state Capitol. He has said he plans to resign from his firm.
The election caused angst on two fronts:
Adams County Democrats wanted someone from their county to win the election; Senate District 31 comprises central Denver and portions of Adams County