State Rep. Don Marostica, (R-51) is the new director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Gov. Bill Ritter announced the appointment at a press conference Thursday, July 23, saying the state’s business community would be “well served” with Marostica.
In his acceptance speech, Marostica emphasized creating jobs, and attracting businesses and trade opportunities to the state. He replaces Don Elliman, who is now the state’s Chief Executive Officer, a Ritter-created position to administer federal stimulus funds.
The state’s Democrats expressed support of the appointment. Adam Bowen, chair of the Larimer County Democratic Party stated, “We applaud Gov. Ritter’s willingness to look for partners across the aisle to find solutions that help our state.”
Marostica resigned his House District 51 seat, where he has served since 2006. In the 2009 legislative session, he was a member of the Joint Budget, and House Transportation and Energy committees. During his tenure, Marostica was often criticized by fellow Republicans for his support of fiscal reform, including co-sponsorship of a contentious measure in the last session that removed the 6 percent state spending cap. He was the only Republican legislator to support the bill.
In addition to resigning his House duties, Marostica has turned over control of his real estate company, Loveland Commercial Inc., to his son and partner Blaine Marostica to avoid conflicts of interest.
Marostica’s legislative seat must be filled within 30 days by a Larimer County Republican Party vacancy committee. With this selection, the LCRP will have filled all of Larimer County’s state-level Republican seats by committee this year.