Richard Holtorf, a Republican farmer, rancher, feedlot manager and Army veteran who lives in Washington County, was sworn in Tuesday as the new Colorado state representative for House District 64.

The ceremony took place in the House Chamber at the Colorado State Capitol. Colorado Speaker of the House KC Becker presided over the 3:15 p.m.ceremony and administered the oath of office, officially welcoming Holtorf as one of the 65 members of the Colorado House of Representatives.

Shortly after being sworn in, Holtorf said a few words to those in attendance. He thanked God for the opportunity to serve and acknowledged the “big boots” that he has to fill in following the late Rep. Kimmi Lewis, whose recent death left the District 64 seat vacant. Holtorf spoke of his admiration for Lewis.

Holtorf was joined for the special event by almost all of his family members, along with some special guests. These included his wife, Mary; his 84-year-old mother; his two brothers; four of his daughters and their boyfriends and friends; and his two nieces and nephew, as well as his campaign manager and campaign manager’s mother.

At the conclusion of Holtorf’s remarks following the swearing in, he proudly stated that he wants to “… be a positive, productive member of this body, and I also want to bring a spirit of partnership, cooperation, and reconciliation, because we need more of that in this country and more of that in this state for the good of all of our citizens.”

Holtorf represents the largest House District in Colorado in terms of land mass, including the nine counties of Baca, Bent, Crowley, Elbert, Kiowa, Las Animas, Lincoln, Prowers, and Washington. He continuously speaks of his eagerness to visit each of these counties to hear from constituents about their needs so that he can help ensure that eastern and southern Colorado and their rural values are heard and protected in the Colorado legislature.

Since Holtorf is taking office halfway through the term vacated by Kimmi Lewis, he will fulfill the remainder of the term and will run for re-election this year.