Shawn Mitchell was elected to Senate District 23 in the Colorado General Assembly in November of 2004.
Shawn is an attorney at private practice in Denver and Adams County. Previously, Shawn served as Special Counsel to the Attorney General, where he was a legal policy advisor and one of the top aids to former Colorado Attorney General Gale Norton. In that position, Shawn worked on significant constitutional litigation, including the Amendment 2 case and First Amendment litigation on issues of church and state. Shawn also represented Colorado in fighting criminal appeals in the Colorado Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court.
Shawn is a former Senior Fellow at the Independence Institute, a conservative and free-market think tank in Golden, CO. He continues to write and speak often on public policy issues. Shawn is the president of the Colorado Chapter of the Federalist Society, a national organization of scholars, judges, and lawyers that promotes limited government and legal reform. He also served 3 years on the Denver Rocky Mountain News Board of Editorial Contributors.