State Party Chairman
RNC National Committeewoman
Colorado GOP National Committeewoman Vera Ortegon is a longtime leader in the Colorado Republican Party. In 2014, Mike Kopp, GOP Colorado gubernatorial candidate, chose her as his Lieutenant Governor candidate. In 2012, she was one of the nine GOP Presidential Electors for the State of Colorado.
Vera is also a former Pueblo City Councilwoman, a business owner for the last 35 years, very involved in Colorado water issues for over two decades, and precinct chair for the past 20 years. She was born and raised in Colombia, South America, legally immigrated to the United States, and she was Naturalized in 1977.
She graduated with a degree in Microbiology and Biochemistry from Rutgers University. Vera has been married for 40 years to Dr. Anthony Ortegon, and they have two sons, two great daughters-in-law and two adorable grandchildren.
RNC National Committeeman
Colorado GOP National Committeeman George Leing has over 30 years of experience as a lawyer in the finance and energy fields. Most recently, George has worked as Senior Counsel to a renewable power development and construction company and is currently in private practice. Up until his announcement to run for Congress to represent Colorado’s Second Congressional District, George had been serving as Chairman of the Republican Party in Boulder County and was elected by a group of other Republican Chairs to serve on the Executive Committee of the State Party. George was also appointed by Secretary of State Scott Gessler to serve on the Advisory Committee on a Uniform Voting System.
George is the youngest of four children of Chinese immigrants who came to America in 1947. Born and raised in New York City, George is a graduate of New York University, and holds a law degree from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in religion from Yale University.
Kristi Burton Brown
State Party Vice-Chairman
State Party Secretary
State Party Treasurer
CRC Treasurer Richard Elsner is a fourth generation Coloradan with his family first arriving in 1873. He made his home Park County in 1978 after growing up in Arapahoe County.
Richard has served in many areas of the GOP. He was the Park County Chairman for 8 years and has also served as the 6th Congressional District Secretary, 2nd Congressional District Secretary/Treasurer, member of the State Executive Committee, as well as the State Audit Chairman for 4 years.
After many years of IT experience in database design and data analytics, Richard is currently serving as a County Commissioner for Park County, having been elected to that post in 2016. Richard has been married to his wife Debbie for 43 years and has two sons and one daughter.