Republican Sen.-elect George Rivera will not officially be sworn in until after the recall election has been certified, a spokesman for the state Senate majority office said Thursday.
Doug Schepman said after the election is certified, a date and time will be set for Rivera’s swearing-in ceremony.
“The minute Rivera is sworn in, Sen. Angela Giron will no longer be senator,” Schepman said.
Pueblo County Clerk and Recorder Gilbert “Bo” Ortiz said the final certification of the election is scheduled for Sept. 20.
Pueblo County voters recalled Giron Tuesday after a hotly contested recall election campaign. Rivera, a retired deputy police chief, was chosen as her replacement.
Giron lost her seat by a margin of 56 percent to 44 percent.
Rivera said Thursday that from May 11, when he announced his candidacy, to election day Tuesday has been a whirlwind.
“We are still trying to catch up and catch our breath,” Rivera said.
“It is still sinking in. We’ve talked about how important this race has been and the message it has sent.”
Rivera said the people in Pueblo who voted for the recall have sent a message that politicians need to be held accountable.
“We are sitting on that and absorbing the rest as we go along,” Rivera said.
He said he has been contacted by several members of the state and national media since the election.
He appeared on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams Wednesday.
“I’ve made it a point during the election that this was about the recall and my candidacy was a secondary issue,” Rivera said.
“Now that the recall has been successful, I can start looking toward being involved in the Legislature.”
“This is a whole new challenge and something I have never done before. It poses some excitement to actually be among those who can set a direction for the state.”
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