Meet Richard

On Saturday, December 28, 2019, Richard Holtorf, a Republican rancher, farmer, feedlot manager, and Army veteran of Washington County, was appointed as the new State Representative for House District 64.

Richard says that he has, “big boots to fill” and that he is “honored to have been selected to protect and advocate for the rural values of Eastern and Southern Colorado at the State Capitol.” Holtorf pledged to hold on to private property rights, Second Amendment rights, the agricultural and small business economic base in rural Colorado, and small town values, among many other things.


As a Republican State Representative, Richard Holtorf plans to continue providing veteran leadership as he represents the people of rural Colorado’s House District 64.

He earned the necessary 58 delegate votes, outlasting four other candidates at a vacancy committee meeting in Elbert County. State law dictates that a political party’s central committee may form a vacancy committee to select a candidate of the same party as the person who vacated the seat.

  • Pro-business legislator.
  • Traditional and pro-energy legislator.
  • Serves on the Public Health and Human Services Committee
  • U.S. Army War College Graduate
  • Masters of Business Administration Degree.

Results & Accomplishments

3rd Generation Rancher

As a third generation rancher, I have carried on the legacy of my Grandad, John C. Holtorf, and my Dad, John C. Holtorf Jr., running Buffalo Springs Ranch. So, personally, I’ve dealt with loss and have held on to what I think is important.

As a cattle rancher, farmer, and feedlot manager, I have kept our family business going for the past twelve years.

Representative Richard Holtorf

Veteran/Military Service:

29 years of command and staff assignments, including leadership training.

  • Served on Battalion, Brigade, and Division Staff assignments. Commanded at the detachment, company, and battalion level. Completed all U.S. Army Military Education through the U.S. Army War College.
  • Passion runs deep in selfless service to his family, selfless service to his family ranch, and selfless service to his country.
  • Many duty assignments including five overseas tours.
  • Two combat tours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Worked with several federal agencies.

  • Operation Noble Eagle
     CONUS-based operation
    • Airport security
       13 airports in Colorado
       OIC of the Operations Center for airport security, 89th Troop Command
       Facilitated transition of airport security from armed National Guardsman to TSA

Family Man

Despite many of life’s difficulties, including having divorced parents himself, he has kept his family together.

  •  Married 28 years, raised four daughters and has one granddaughter.
  • The commitment to family is enormous.

Decades of service, five overseas military tours, including two combat tours put enormous strain on his family.

Despite all that, Richard is still married to his first wife, and is proud to have held on to this commitment.

Formal Education

  • Graduated from Akron High School 1983
  • Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Degree from Colorado State Univerity. Graduated with Pi Tau Sigma Honors. 1987
  • Master of Business Administration at Boston University Metropolitan College 1994
  • Master of Strategic Studies at the U.S. Army War College in 2013 at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania

Community Involvement and Leadership

  • Washington County Farm Bureau President ~ 15 years
  • VFW Post #8064 Commander ~ Since 2017
  • Washington County Farm Bureau board member ~ 22 years
  • Washington County Stockman’s Association ~ 20 years
  • Washington County Republican Committee ~ 4 years
  • Washington County Planning and Zoning Committee ~ 2 years
  • 4-H leader and Akron FFA advisory committee member
  • Washington Co. Court volunteer translator, English to Spanish

“I will do everything I can to fight for small and large businesses to get our economy rolling again.”

Representative Richard Holtorf



Representative Richard Holtorf is a pro-business legislator. Now, more than ever, we need Colorado to open its businesses and open our society to pre-COVID-19 levels. In the coming legislative session, he will do everything he can to fight for small businesses and large businesses to get our economy rolling again. Business activity is the life blood of any economy. The following organizations have endorsed and/or contributed to the Holtorf for Colorado Campaign:

  • Colorado Chamber of Commerce
  • Colorado Banker’s Association
  • Wells Fargo Bank
  • Colorado Licensed Beverage Association
  • Colorado Ready Mixed Concrete Association
  • Colorado Stone, Sand and Gravel Association
  • Colorado Telecommunications Association
  • Comcast Corporation & NBC Universal
  • Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad PAC


Representative Richard Holtorf is a traditional and pro-energy legislator. It will take all energy resources to meet the energy needs of Colorado. State government, local government, and citizens’ rely on the revenue and resources that these energy companies provide today and into the near future. Clean, responsible energy from all of our natural resources supports our great state. The following organizations have endorsed and/or contributed to Holtorf for Colorado’s campaign: 

  • Colorado Advocates for Rural Electrification
  • Black Hills Corporation
  • Atmos Energy Corporation
  • Trapper Mining Company Political Committee

Public Health

Representative Richard Holtorf continues to serve on the Public Health and Human Services Committee. In his work supporting the mental health organizations and the mental health needs of Eastern and Southern Colorado, he is at the forefront working for a healthier Colorado. Representative Holtorf appreciates the endorsements and/or contributions provided by the following Colorado health organizations:

  • Colorado Physicians for Mental Health
  • Colorado Academy of Family Physicians
  • Colorado Dental Association
  • Colorado Optometric Association
  • Colorado Chiropractor’s Association
  • Colorado State Ass’n of Health Underwriters PAC
Sen Larry Crowder

Senator Larry Crowder Endorses Representative Richard Holtorf

I would like to ask for your support in the re-election of Representative Richard Holtorf for House District 64 which encompasses Baca, Bent, Crowley, Elbert, Kiowa, Las Animas, Lincoln, and Prowers, and Washington Counties. Being on the job for a year after being appointed to fill a vacancy, I believe he has done a remarkable job for the district and will continue to listen and work for the betterment of Dist 64. He has and will continue to uphold the values of the district and I also believe he will continue to grow as a legislator and do good things for the district in the future. Being an army veteran as well as an agriculture producer gives him an advantage on how to represent a rural  diverse district. Please consider Holtorf for your House District 64 Representative which is a great part of the state.


Senator Larry Crowder
District 35 Southern Colorado
Senator Jerry Sonnenberg

Senator Jerry Sonnenberg Endorses Rep. Richard Holtorf

Representative Holtorf hit the ground running when he was selected to represent the people of eastern Colorado. He has proven to be an advocate and strong voice for the rural values and way of life that are prevalent in his district. 

Thank you,

Jerry Sonnenberg
Colorado Senate District 1
     4465 CR 63
     Sterling, CO 80751

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