Jon Keyser

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Jon Keyser
Member of the Colorado House of Representatives
from the 25th district
In office
January 7, 2014 – January 25, 2016
Preceded byCheri Gerou
Succeeded byTimothy Leonard
Personal details
Born (1981-09-07) September 7, 1981 (age 38)
Salida, Colorado
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Emma Keyser[1]
Alma materUnited States Air Force Academy(B.S.)
University of Denver (J.D.)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Air Force
Years of service2004–present
RankUS-O4 insignia.svg Major
Unit566th Intelligence Squadron[2]
Battles/warsIraq War
Afghanistan War
Awards

Jonathan Michael Keyser is an attorney and was a State Representative that served in the Colorado House of Representatives, representing House District 25, which encompasses Western Jefferson County, Colorado including Morrison, Conifer, Evergreen, Pine, and parts of Littleton, Golden, and Ken Caryl.[3] He was elected in November, 2014 as the Republican candidate.[4]

Military service[edit]

Born at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center, Keyser, a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and recipient of the Bronze Star Medal, served on active duty in the United States Air Force as an intelligence officer. He served tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Keyser was also a member of the U.S. Air Force Academy's parachuting demonstration team, the Wings of Blue. During his deployment to Iraq, he served as National Security Agency and Central Security Service Foreign Affairs Directorate liaison officer at the U.S. Embassy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and participated in 31 direct action and counter-terrorism missions, resulting in the capture or elimination of 107 high-value enemy individuals.[2] Keyser currently serves in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

Legislative career[edit]

Keyser's 2014 nomination as Republican candidate for House District 25 of the Colorado House of Representatives was uncontested at the district caucus. He ran against Democratic nominee Janet Doyle and Libertarian candidate Jack Woehr.[5] The election was the first in Colorado to be completely done with mail-in ballots. Keyser won with 52.2% of the vote compared to 43% for Doyle and 4% for Woehr.[6]

2016 Senate election[edit]

In December 2015, it was reported that he was considering running for the United States Senate seat currently held by Michael Bennet.[7] On January 11, 2016, Keyser announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination in the 2016 Senate race.[8] On April 25, 2016, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne W. Williams announced that Keyser failed to qualify for the Republican Senate primary following a review of ballot petition signatures.[9] Keyser successfully appealed Williams' decision and was added to the ballot on April 29, 2016.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Colorado legislature hosts Military Appreciation Day". Blogs.denverpost.com. 2015-01-28. Retrieved 2016-01-06.
  2. ^ a b Senior Master Sgt. Edward Pineda (2010-01-19). "Two 566th IS Airmen awarded Bronze Star". Buckley.af.mil. Archived from the original on 2016-01-06. Retrieved 2016-01-06. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "State House District 25". Google Maps. Retrieved 2015-04-06.
  4. ^ "Representative Jon Keyser". Colorado General Assembly. Retrieved 2015-02-20.
  5. ^ "Jon Keyser". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  6. ^ "Official Results November 4, 2014 General Election". Colorado Election Results. Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  7. ^ "Keyser poised to jump into Senate race". The Colorado Statesman. Retrieved 2015-12-23.
  8. ^ Matthews, Mark K. (January 11, 2016). "Jon Keyser announces 2016 Senate bid amid crowded Colorado field". The Denver Post. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  9. ^ "Keyser falls short of Colorado Senate ballot". Politico. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  10. ^ Bartels, Lynn (2016-04-29). "Jon Keyser makes the ballot, judge rules". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-05-13.

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