DENVER - Two Republicans who defeated Colorado Democratic senators in a recall over new gun restrictions have been sworn in to the Colorado Senate.
Former Colorado Springs Councilman Bernie Herpin and former Pueblo police officer George Rivera took the oath of office Thursday morning in front of a packed Senate gallery. They replace former Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs and Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo who lost the first legislative recalls in state history last month.
Morse and Giron had supported their party's proposals this year to expand background checks to private and online sales and limit the sales of ammunition magazines.
Democrats still control the Senate but the recalls mean they only have a one-vote advantage now, with 18 Democrats and 17 Republicans. Democrats control the House.