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Newly-elected Dist. 60 Representative Ron Hanks showed up at the Colorado Sate Capitol this week long enough to be sworn in, but he didn’t stay long. As reported earlier by the Denver Post, Hanks was absent for the deliberations that began on Wednesday of this week as our legislature did the business of the people,

Ron Hanks performing final duties as the volunteer Secretary of the Fremont County Republican Part. Image courtesy of

Hanks, who has proudly described his attendance at the President’s Jan. 6 rally, has been absent for the majority of the three-day legislative session that started Wednesday.

Hanks, arrived at the state Capitol on Wednesday morning from his home in Penrose to be sworn in. He left after the vote for the new House speaker. He did not attend the Wednesday afternoon session, nor Thursday, nor Friday session in person or remotely.

Media across the state, including Ark Valley Voice, have attempted multiple times to contact him, via phone, email and text, without success.

He was elected in November to the House District 60 seat, representing parts of Fremont, Custer, Chaffee and Park counties. His campaign website is still up, but his Facebook page has been removed.

The only communications received from him was written notice that he had requested that Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser investigate Dominion Voting systems and the state’s past decision (made by an earlier Republican Attorney General) to contract with Dominion Voting systems to improve the state’s election systems.

Hanks’ absence is in sharp contrast to former Representative Jim Wilson, who prided himself on civil engagement and healthy debate on the floor of the state house. To read the Ark Valley Voice interview with Wilson on his last day in the state house, click here