Candidate Qualifications

Federal

Office Age
State Residence
District Residence
US Citizen
Length of Term 
Number of Terms
President 35 [1]    n/a Natural born [1] 4 years [2] 2 terms [3]
US Representative 25 Yes  No 7 years [4] 2 years no limit [5]
US Senator 30 Yes  n/a 9 years [6] 6 years no limit [5]

 

State

Office Age State Residence District Residence US Citizen Length of Term Number of Terms
Attorney General  [9] 25 [7] 2 years [7]  n/a Yes [7] 4 years [8] 2 terms
CU Regent 18 Yes  Yes Yes 6 years 2 terms
District Attorney  [10] 18 Yes  n/a Yes 4 years varies
Governor 30 [7] 2 years [7]  n/a Yes [7] 4 years [8] 2 terms
Lt. Governor 30 [7] 2 years [7]  n/a Yes [7] 4 years [8] 2 terms
RTD Board of Directors 18 Yes Yes Yes 4 years 2 terms
Secretary of State 25 [7] 2 years [7]  n/a Yes [7] 4 years [8] 2 terms
State Board of Education 18 Yes  Yes Yes 6 years 2 terms
State Representative 25 1 year  12 months Yes 2 years 4 terms
State Senator 25 1 year  12 months Yes 4 years 2 terms
State Treasurer 25 [7] 2 years [7]  n/a Yes [7] 4 years [8] 2 terms

 

County & Municipal

Contact your county clerk or municipal office for candidate qualifications.

 

 

[1]  Article II, Section 1(5), U.S. Constitution
[2]  Article II, Section 1(1), U.S. Constitution
[3]  Amendment XXII, Section 1, U.S. Constitution
[4]  Article I, Section 2, U.S. Constitution
[5]  House candidates may voluntarily limit service to 3 terms; Senate candidates may voluntarily limit service to 2 terms (Article XVIII, Section 12a, Colorado Constitution)
[6]  Article I, Section 3, U.S. Constitution
[7]  Article IV, Section 4, Colorado Constitution
[8]  Article IV, Section 1, Colorado Constitution
[9]  Must be a licensed attorney of the supreme court of the state in good standing.
[10]  Must have been licensed to practice law in this state for the last 5 years.