Who is Norma Anderson? Colorado Republican is leading 14th Amendment challenge

 Who is Norma Anderson?  Colorado Republican is leading 14th Amendment challenge

Norma Anderson had already earned her place in Colorado history books before becoming the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit seeking to disqualify Donald Trump from office.

The standoff against Trump is a final chapter in the 91-year-old’s storied political career, which has included tenures as the first female majority leader in both houses of the Colorado legislature.

“I didn’t realize I would go down in history as Anderson vs. Trump,” she told CNN in an interview.

The case she’s referring to — now Trump v. Anderson — revolves around Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which prohibits insurrectionists from holding public office. The Colorado Supreme Court ruled in December that the ban applies to Trump because of the January 6, 2021 insurrection, and the former president is now asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn that decision.

Anderson first became involved when Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, recruited her to join their Denver-based lawsuit, which began as a case against Colorado Secretary of State Jenna Griswold, the state’s Controls ballot access. (At the time, the case was known as Anderson v. Griswold.)

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“They came to me and asked if I would be interested,” Anderson said. “And I said of course.”

But before launching the unprecedented case against Trump, Anderson made a lot of history of her own.

He spent 12 years in the Statehouse, before leaving due to term limits. At the same time, from 1997 to 1998, she was the majority leader of the lower house. After that, he won a seat in the state senate and spent seven years there. She similarly reached the post of majority leader in 2003.

She was the first woman to hold both senior positions.

While serving in the Colorado Statehouse, Anderson focused on education, transportation and health care, according to a biography by the Jefferson County Historical Commission, which honored him with a spot in its Hall of Fame in 2011. She helped create legislation to improve child literacy and reduce the cost of state colleges, and established a home nursing program with funds from a landmark lawsuit against large tobacco companies.

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Anderson, a lifelong Republican, left the Colorado legislature in 2006 as state politics began to change. She told CNN that she still identifies as a Republican.

Asked who she was supporting in the 2024 presidential election, Anderson said, “If Nikki Haley votes, she has my vote.”

She also fit into state politics – from 1968 to 2004, Coloradoans voted for all but one Republican presidential candidate. But Colorado began to turn around amid the Barack Obama wave of 2008, and every Democratic candidate since the state was flipped that year has won.

Anderson said, “I’m an old-fashioned Republican who believes in a strong defense, supporting business and helping those who can’t help themselves, and believing in less government and a fair tax base. ”

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Former Colorado legislator Norma Anderson on Monday, January 29.

Fighting Trump — especially in court — comes with praise in some circles, and criticism in others. Anderson said he has received a lot of support from friends and family, except for one or two holdouts who are still staunch Trump supporters. She said most of her friends were not surprised that she got involved in the case.

“I was born four months before FDR was elected,” Anderson said. “I’ve been through a lot of presidents. Some I liked, some I didn’t. But none of them caused rebellion until Donald Trump.


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