Denver (AP) Democratic Rep. Terrance Carroll has been chosen Speaker of the Colorado House, the first black named to the position.
The Denver lawmaker was nominated by majority Democrats on Thursday and will be formally elected by the full house in January, when the next session convenes.
Ratification is usually unanimous.
It was a bittersweet day for House Democrats, who also said goodbye to Rep. Bernie Buescher, a Western Slope Democrat who was expected to be the next speaker before he suffered a surprising defeat in Tuesday's election.
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