Diana DeGetteDiana DeGette – CO1

Current Position: US Representative for CO-01 since 1997
Affiliation: Democrat

Other positions:  
Chair, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation – Committee on Energy and Commerce

Quote:
We have just reintroduced our bill to ban high-capacity gun magazines. There’s no reason why any civilian needs a gun magazine that holds more than 10 rounds. This legislation will save lives and Congress needs to act immediately. April 14, 2021

Video:
Rep. Diana DeGette argues that Trump’s words led supporters to Capitol on Jan. 6
Feb. 11, 2011

 

Colorado Congresswoman Diana DeGette is teaming up with other members of Congress to pass the Women’s Health Protection act. This would guarantee the right of all Americans to access abortion care regardless of where they live.

This comes after Texas passed a strict abortion ban. The Texas law, allowed to stand in a decision Thursday by the U.S. Supreme Court, bans abortions once medical professionals can detect cardiac activity, typically around six weeks. In a highly unusual twist, enforcement will be done by private citizens who can sue anyone they believe is violating the law.

A Colorado clinic that already had started seeing more patients from other states was preparing to ramp up supplies and staffing in anticipation of the law taking effect.

The number of Texans seeking abortions in Planned Parenthood clinics in the Rocky Mountain region, which covers Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming and southern Nevada, was 12 times higher that month. In California, 7,000 patients came from other states to Planned Parenthood clinics in 2020.

Summary

Current Position: US Representative for CO-01 since 1997
Affiliation: Democrat

Other positions:  
Chair, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation – Committee on Energy and Commerce

Quote:
We have just reintroduced our bill to ban high-capacity gun magazines. There’s no reason why any civilian needs a gun magazine that holds more than 10 rounds. This legislation will save lives and Congress needs to act immediately. April 14, 2021

Video:
Rep. Diana DeGette argues that Trump’s words led supporters to Capitol on Jan. 6
Feb. 11, 2011

 

News

Colorado Congresswoman Diana DeGette is teaming up with other members of Congress to pass the Women’s Health Protection act. This would guarantee the right of all Americans to access abortion care regardless of where they live.

This comes after Texas passed a strict abortion ban. The Texas law, allowed to stand in a decision Thursday by the U.S. Supreme Court, bans abortions once medical professionals can detect cardiac activity, typically around six weeks. In a highly unusual twist, enforcement will be done by private citizens who can sue anyone they believe is violating the law.

A Colorado clinic that already had started seeing more patients from other states was preparing to ramp up supplies and staffing in anticipation of the law taking effect.

The number of Texans seeking abortions in Planned Parenthood clinics in the Rocky Mountain region, which covers Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming and southern Nevada, was 12 times higher that month. In California, 7,000 patients came from other states to Planned Parenthood clinics in 2020.

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About

Diana DeGette 1

Source: Government page

Rep. Diana DeGette is a fourth-generation Coloradoan who has dedicated her life to serving the people of Colorado’s First Congressional District.

Now in her thirteenth term, DeGette is recognized as a leading voice in the nation’s ongoing health care debate. As the chair of a key oversight panel, DeGette is responsible for overseeing some of our nation’s most important federal agencies – including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

In her role as chair of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, DeGette has become a leading figure in overseeing our nation’s health agencies as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring the EPA is properly enforcing the nation’s environmental laws, and lowering the cost of insulin for the millions of Americans who rely on it every day.

In addition to chairing the Energy and Commerce Oversight panel, DeGette also serves as a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, where she’s working to enact policies that will further protect Colorado’s public lands and combat climate change.

A leader on health care…

Rep. DeGette believes Congress has a responsibility to make health care more accessible and affordable for all Americans. Among her Congressional colleagues, DeGette is seen as a leading expert on cutting-edge scientific research, including the use of human embryonic stem cells.

In 2005, DeGette authored the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act to overturn the restrictions President George W. Bush put in place to prohibit the use of embryonic stem cells for research purposes. While Congress voted twice to approve DeGette’s legislation, President Bush vetoed it both times. In March 2009, President Obama included the language from DeGette’s bill in an executive order he signed to reverse the restrictions.

In addition to expanding the use of stem cell research, DeGette has been instrumental in expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), which provides health insurance to low-income children. She also played a key role in drafting the Affordable Care Act, which President Obama signed into law in 2010.

Despite her many accomplishments, the one piece of legislation DeGette is best known for championing is the 21st Century Cures Act, which has modernized the nation’s medical research system. The bill, known simply as the Cures Act, has been widely hailed as one of the most important pieces of legislation that Congress has passed in recent years. From cancer research to precision medicine, it has enabled more labs to make more breakthrough discoveries that could soon lead to new cures and treatments for patients around the world.

Fighting to protect women’s rights and health care…

As co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, DeGette has been an outspoken leader in the fight to protect women’s right to reproductive care.

In 2021, she co-authored the EACH Act, to overturn turn a federal law known as  the Hyde Amendment, which prevents federal insurance programs – such as Medicaid or Tricare – from paying for abortion services.

DeGette is also the lead sponsor of the Prevention First agenda, which seeks to increase access to birth control and other family-planning services aimed at preventing unintended pregnancies from occurring in the first place.

She’s also a leading advocate for the Equal Pay Act to help close the gender pay gap and ensure women receive equal pay for equal work.

Fighting to protect the environment…

A lifelong Coloradan, DeGette is guided by her traditional Western values and has a unique appreciation for our nation’s natural resources and public lands. In 2019, DeGette sponsored legislation that was signed into law to make all national parks and public lands free for fourth grade students and their families to visit. She also authored a historic piece of legislation, known as the Colorado Wilderness Act, to protect and preserve 660,000 acres of wilderness across Colorado.

As a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, DeGette is focused on enacting new policies aimed at combating the climate crisis, while helping to grow our country’s clean energy economy.

In 2007, DeGette successfully brokered a deal to enact tough new standards to protect Americans from lead in drinking water. She also played a key role in the effort to ban phthalates, a dangerous chemical which is harmful to children. And, as chair of the subcommittee that’s responsible for overseeing the FDA, DeGette is leading the charge to protect our nation’s food supply.

Fighting to protect civil rights…

DeGette’s passion for protecting people’s rights is what led her to pursue public office. Prior to being elected to Congress, DeGette was an attorney in the Denver area where she focused on workers’ rights. While in office, DeGette has worked tirelessly to protect the rights of women, immigrants and minorities in Colorado and across the country.

In 2019, DeGette convened the first House oversight hearing on the Trump administration’s controversial policy of separating families at the border and continues to fight for the better treatment of immigrants and their families.

In recognition of her outstanding commitment to protecting civil rights, the ACLU of Colorado awarded DeGette with its Carle Whitehead Memorial Award, which is given to those who make extraordinary contributions to protecting civil rights and furthering civil liberties in Colorado. DeGette is also the recipient of the NEWSED Community Development Corporation’s Civil Rights Award for her work to protect the rights of her fellow Coloradans.

A champion of bipartisanship…

Even in times of intense political division, DeGette has shown an ability to reach across the aisle to get results for the people of her district.

In 2017, DeGette was honored by the Javits Foundation for her renowned commitment to cooperation and collaboration across party lines.

In 2018, the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress awarded DeGette with its Statesmanship award for her efforts to pass legislation in a collaborative and bipartisan manner.

A lifelong Denverite…

A fourth generation Coloradan and a lifelong Denverite, DeGette is a graduate of Denver’s South High School. She earned her B.A, magna cum laude, from Colorado College in 1979; and a J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1982.

Before serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, DeGette served two terms in the Colorado House, including one term as Assistant Minority Leader from 1993-1995.

In 1996, after two terms in the state legislature, DeGette was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives where she continues to serve the people of Colorado’s 1st Congressional District.

DeGette is married to Lino Lipinsky. They have two daughters and a son-in-law.

Committees 

Committee on Energy and Commerce

  • Chair, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation
  • Subcommittee on the Environment and Climate Change
  • Subcommittee on Energy

Committee on Natural Resources

  • Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands
  • Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources

Caucuses  

  • Congressional Diabetes Caucus which supports legislative activities that would improve diabetes research, education and treatment.
  • Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus which works to protect Americans’ constitutionally protected reproductive rights.
  • Congressional Privacy Caucus which works to protect the privacy of Americans’ personal consumer information.

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Wikipedia entry

Diana Louise DeGette (/dɪˈɡɛt/; born July 29, 1957) is an American lawyer and politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Colorado’s 1st congressional district since 1997. A member of the Democratic Party, her district is based in Denver. DeGette was a Chief Deputy Whip from 2005 to 2019 and is the dean of Colorado’s congressional delegation; she served as the Colorado State Representative for the 6th district from 1993 until her election to the U.S. House.

Early life, education and career

A fourth-generation Coloradan, DeGette was born in Tachikawa, Japan, the daughter of Patricia Anne (née Rose) and Richard Louis DeGette.[3] Her parents were American, and at the time of her birth her father was serving in the armed forces. She graduated from Colorado College, where she earned a B.A. in political science and was elected to the Pi Gamma Mu international honor society in 1979.[4] She earned a Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law in 1982. She then returned to Denver and began a law practice focusing on civil rights and employment litigation.[5]

Colorado Legislature

Long active in Denver politics, DeGette was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1992. She was reelected in 1994 and chosen as assistant minority leader. She authored a law that guarantees Colorado women unobstructed access to abortion clinics and other medical care facilities, also known as the Bubble Bill. The United States Supreme Court found the Bubble Bill constitutional in Hill v. Colorado, 530 U.S. 703 (2000). DeGette also authored the state Voluntary Cleanup and Redevelopment Act, a model for similar cleanup programs.[citation needed]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

1996

Longtime 1st district Representative Pat Schroeder chose not to run for a 13th term in 1996, prompting DeGette to run. Her principal opponent in the primary election was former City Council member Tim Sandos, whom Denver Mayor Wellington Webb endorsed shortly before the primary. DeGette won the primary with 55% of the vote, all but assuring her of election in the heavily Democratic district (the 1st has been in Democratic hands for all but four years since 1933). Schroeder, who stayed neutral during the primary, endorsed DeGette once DeGette became the nominee. DeGette won with 57% of the vote and has been reelected 11 times since.

2006

DeGette defeated Green Party nominee Tom Kelly.

2008

DeGette defeated Republican nominee George Lilly, Libertarian nominee Martin Buchanan, and Independent Gary Swing.

2010

DeGette defeated Republican nominee Mike Fallon, Green nominee Gary Swing, American Constitutional Party nominee Chris Styskal, and Libertarian nominee Clint Jones.

2012

DeGette defeated Republican nominee Danny Stroud, Libertarian nominee Frank Atwood, and Green Party nominee Gary Swing. She won 68.23% of the vote.

2014

DeGette defeated Republican nominee Martin Walsh, Libertarian nominee Frank Atwood, UNA nominee Danny Stroud, and two write-in candidates. She won 65.81% of the vote.[6]

2016

DeGette defeated Republican nominee Charles “Casper” Stockham, and Libertarian nominee Darrell Dinges. She won 257,254 votes, 67.87% of the total.[7]

2018

DeGette defeated Republican nominee Charles Stockham and Libertarian nominee Raymon Doane. She won 272,886 votes, 73.8% of the total.

2020

DeGette defeated Republican nominee Shane Bolling, Libertarian nominee Kyle Furey, Unity nominee Paul Noel Fiorino, and Approval Voting nominee Jan Kok. DeGette won 331,621 votes, 73.6% of the total.

Tenure

DeGette serves as the co-chair of both the Congressional Diabetes Caucus and Pro-Choice Caucus, and she is Vice Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus. With the Democrats’ victory in the 2006 midterm elections, DeGette briefly considered running for House Majority Whip, but bowed out in favor of Jim Clyburn of South Carolina.

DeGette sat as speaker pro tempore and presided over the debate on December 18, 2019, the day United States House of Representatives voted on the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

DeGette received national attention in 2005, when the House of Representatives passed legislation she cosponsored to lift President George W. Bush‘s limits on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. DeGette, who had been working on the measure since 2001, enlisted the support of Representative Michael N. Castle (Republican from Delaware), who became DeGette’s principal Republican cosponsor of the legislation. The DeGette-Castle bill passed the Senate on July 18, 2006. President Bush vetoed the bill the next day — his first veto.[citation needed]

In 2007, DeGette served as the House Democrats’ designated whip on the bill reauthorizing the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (HR 3162). Although President Bush announced his opposition to the legislation, the House passed the bill on August 1, 2007, by a vote of 225 to 204. The Senate adopted a different version of the legislation the next day.

DeGette was also a cosponsor for the Udall Amendment to the House Energy Bill, which the House approved by a vote of 220 to 190 on August 4, 2007. The Amendment creates a national Renewable Energy Standard that requires electric suppliers to produce 15 percent of their energy from renewable sources, 4 percent of which can come from efficiency, by the year 2020.[citation needed]

On September 12, 2007, DeGette announced that she would introduce the Colorado Wilderness Act of 2007 in Congress. The bill was unsuccessful and did not pass the committee level.[8] She reintroduced the bill in 2009.

DeGette is a cosponsor of legislation to provide the District of Columbia voting representation.[9]
On January 24, 2007, Speaker Nancy Pelosi appointed Representative DeGette to the House Page Board.

On November 26, 2007, DeGette announced her endorsement of Senator Hillary Clinton for president and was named national co-chair of Clinton’s Health Care Policy Task Force and adviser on stem-cell research.[10] DeGette was a superdelegate to the Democratic National Convention in Denver in August 2008.

DeGette was strongly critical of the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, which places limits on taxpayer-funded abortions (except in the case of rape, incest, or life of the mother) in the context of the November 2009 Affordable Health Care for America Act.

On January 12th 2021, Degette was named an impeachment manager for the second impeachment of President Trump. [11]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

  • Congressional Arts Caucus[12]
  • Arts Caucus
  • Pro-Choice Caucus (Co-Chair)
  • Privacy Caucus (Co-Chair)
  • Children’s Caucus
  • Congressional Brain Injury Caucus
  • Congressional Children’s Health Caucus
  • Congressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
  • Congressional Multiple Sclerosis Caucus
  • Diabetes Caucus (Co-Chair)
  • Down Syndrome Caucus
  • Food Safety Caucus
  • French Caucus
  • Internet Caucus
  • LGBT Equality Caucus (Vice-Chair)
  • National Landscape Conversation System (NLCS) Caucus
  • Natural Gas Caucus
  • Public Broadcasting Caucus
  • Recycling Caucus
  • Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
  • Women’s Caucus
  • Congressional Progressive Caucus[13]

Party leadership

Political positions

Abortion

Diana DeGette denouncing a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution to ban same-sex marriage, 2005

DeGette is pro-choice and the co-chair of the Pro-Choice Caucus. DeGette and her former fellow co-chair, Louise Slaughter, are the sponsors of the Prevention First Act.[14] This act aims to decrease the number of unintended pregnancies, abortions and sexually transmitted diseases through better women’s healthcare. The NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC endorsed DeGette and gave her a 100% approval rating based on her positions.[15][16] DeGette also received a 100% rating from Planned Parenthood.[16] The National Right to Life Committee gave her a 0% rating due to her strong pro-choice stance.[16]

Embryonic stem cell research

DeGette has consistently voted in favor of the use of embryonic stem cell research.[17] DeGette says “we must pass common-sense embryonic stem cell research legislation, placing these regulations into statute and once and for all, ensuring this critical life-saving research can be conducted for years to come, unimpeded by political whims or naysayers.”[18] DeGette and Charlie Dent introduced the bipartisan Stem Cell Research Act of 2011, which would provide lasting support for stem cell research.[19]

Gun control

DeGette supports bans on semi-automatic firearms like those used in the 2012 Aurora, Colorado shooting, which happened in a movie theater near her district. DeGette has stated that “the sole purpose of these guns and these magazines is to kill people.”[20] DeGette and Carolyn McCarthy introduced the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act of 2012.[21] The Brady Campaign endorsed DeGette’s reelection in 2008, 2010, and 2012.

In 2013, DeGette drew national attention after making an erroneous statement at a public forum about firearm magazine restrictions.[22] She stated, “[t]hese are ammunition, they’re bullets, so the people who have those now, they’re going to shoot them, so if you ban them in the future, the number of these high-capacity magazines is going to decrease dramatically over time because the bullets will have been shot and there won’t be any more available.” (Id.) The comment, failing to take into account the fact that these magazines are designed to be reloaded, fueled long-running complaints by gun-rights groups that lawmakers trying to regulate firearms do not understand the issue. (Id.)

In June 2016, DeGette and other Democratic lawmakers, led by John Lewis (D-GA) took part in a sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives to protest the Republican leadership’s decision to not put several proposed gun control bills up for a vote.[23]

Personal life

DeGette is married to attorney Lino Lipinsky. They live in Denver[24] and have two daughters together. DeGette sings in her church choir.[25]

Books

  • Diana DeGette, Sex, Science, and Stem Cells: Inside the Right Wing Assault on Reason, The Lyons Press (August 4, 2008), ISBN 978-1-59921-431-3

See also

References

  1. ^ “Our Campaigns – CO State House 06 Race – Nov 03, 1992”. www.ourcampaigns.com.
  2. ^ “Our Campaigns – CO State House 06 Race – Nov 08, 1994”. www.ourcampaigns.com.
  3. ^ “Degette”. Ancestry.com. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
  4. ^ “Diana DeGette’s Biography”. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  5. ^ “Diana DeGette”. Coloado Encyclopedia. 9 June 2020.
  6. ^ “Colorado Secretary of State”. Retrieved 2015-08-18.
  7. ^ “Colorado Secretary of State”. Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  8. ^ “H.R. 3756 [110th]: Colorado Wilderness Act of 2007”. GovTrack.us. Retrieved 2010-08-22.
  9. ^ H.R. 2043 (“To establish the District of Columbia as a Congressional district for purposes of representation in the House of Representatives, and for other purposes.”) Archived 2016-07-04 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ “Colorado Rep. Diana DeGette Endorses Clinton”. Archived from the original on 2008-03-18.
  11. ^ “Pelosi Names Impeachment Managers”. Speaker Nancy Pelosi. 2021-01-12. Retrieved 2021-01-13.
  12. ^ “Membership”. Congressional Arts Caucus. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  13. ^ “Caucus Members”. Congressional Progressive Caucus. Retrieved 2021-03-29.
  14. ^ “Pro-Choice Caucus Co-Chairs U.S. Reps. Slaughter and DeGette Applaud Family Planning Funding in Obama’s Budget”. Degette.house.gov. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
  15. ^ “Elections”. NARAL Pro-Choice America. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
  16. ^ a b c “Diana DeGette – Ratings and Endorsements”. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
  17. ^ “Representative Diana DeGette – Stem Cell Research Voting Records”. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
  18. ^ “DeGette and Dent Introduce Stem Cell Legislation”. Degette.house.gov. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
  19. ^ Lillis, Mike (2010-08-24). “DeGette calls for legislation overturning court’s stem cell ruling”. The Hill’s Healthwatch. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
  20. ^ “Representative DeGette on Gun Control”. C-SPAN Video Library. 2012-08-02. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
  21. ^ “DeGette and McCarthy Introduce Legislation to Effectively Ban Online Ammo Sales”. Degette.house.gov. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
  22. ^ “Representative DeGette on High-Capacity Magazines”. Denver Post. 2013-04-03. Retrieved 2017-04-27.
  23. ^ “Colorado Democrats Taking Part in House Sit-In”. Denverite. 2016-06-22. Retrieved 2017-06-12.
  24. ^ Helfrich, Jesse (25 October 2013). “DeGette”. The Hill.
  25. ^ “Diana Degette bio”. The Denver Post. 28 October 2006.

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Jerry Kopel
Member of the Colorado House of Representatives
from the 6th district

1993-1997
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from Colorado’s 1st congressional district

1997–present
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Recent Elections

2018 US Representative

Diana DeGette (D)272,88673.8%
Casper Stockham (R)85,20723.0%
TOTAL358,093

Source: Ballotpedia

Finances

DEGETTE, DIANA L has run in 6 races for public office, winning 5 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $6,247,451.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Committee on Energy and Commerce
Committee on Natural Resources

Subcommittees

Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands
Subcommittee on the Environment and Climate Change
Subcommittee on Communications and Technology

Voting Record

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Issues

Protecting Colorado’s Wilderness

To ensure that Colorado’s most treasured landscapes remain protected – and available for generations to enjoy – Rep. DeGette is working to pass legislation known as the Colorado Wilderness Act into law.

Combatting the Climate Crisis

Rep. DeGette has been leading the charge to cut our nation’s carbon emissions, curb methane waste and pollution, and promote environmental justice – all in an effort to avoid the most devastating effects of climate change.

Preventing Gun Violence

Rep. DeGette, whose district includes Columbine High School, has been an outspoken advocate for enacting new commonsense gun safety measures to help protect our communities.

Teen Vaping Epidemic

Rep. DeGette is working to protect our children from the dangers of tobacco and nicotine.

Developing New Cures

Rep. DeGette has led the historic effort to accelerate the pace of cures and medical breakthroughs in the United States. This work continues with Cures 2.0.

Price of Insulin

As co-chair of the Congressional Diabetes Caucus, Rep. DeGette is working to lower the cost of insulin.

Environment

Protecting Colorado’s Wilderness

To ensure that Colorado’s most treasured landscapes remain protected – and available for generations to enjoy – Rep. DeGette is working to pass legislation known as the Colorado Wilderness Act into law.

Combatting the Climate Crisis

Rep. DeGette has been leading the charge to cut our nation’s carbon emissions, curb methane waste and pollution, and promote environmental justice – all in an effort to avoid the most devastating effects of climate change.

Preventing Gun Violence

Rep. DeGette, whose district includes Columbine High School, has been an outspoken advocate for enacting new commonsense gun safety measures to help protect our communities.

Teen Vaping Epidemic

Rep. DeGette is working to protect our children from the dangers of tobacco and nicotine.

Developing New Cures

Rep. DeGette has led the historic effort to accelerate the pace of cures and medical breakthroughs in the United States. This work continues with Cures 2.0.

Price of Insulin

As co-chair of the Congressional Diabetes Caucus, Rep. DeGette is working to lower the cost of insulin.

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Joe NeguseJoe Neguse – CO2

Current Position: US Representative for CO-02 since 2019
Affiliation: Democrat

Other positions:
Vice Chair, Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship
Chair, National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands subcommittee

Quote:
Voting rights can’t wait. The Senate must pass the For the People Act & John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act — and exempt legislation on constitutional rights from the filibuster to make it happen. Let’s make the #JohnLewisRule a reality.  Aug. 1, 2021

Featured Video:
Rep. Neguse delivers closing remarks for Trump impeachment trial

U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse will hold a town-hall-style discussion of the affordable housing crisis online at noon-4 p.m. Thursday.

The event will include two public listening sessions focused on affordable housing and homelessness across Colorado.

“We are at an inflection point for affordable housing, and it’s critical that we find creative solutions that meet this moment,” Neguse said in a news release.

Summary

Current Position: US Representative for CO-02 since 2019
Affiliation: Democrat

Other positions:
Vice Chair, Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship
Chair, National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands subcommittee

Quote:
Voting rights can’t wait. The Senate must pass the For the People Act & John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act — and exempt legislation on constitutional rights from the filibuster to make it happen. Let’s make the #JohnLewisRule a reality.  Aug. 1, 2021

Featured Video:
Rep. Neguse delivers closing remarks for Trump impeachment trial

News

U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse will hold a town-hall-style discussion of the affordable housing crisis online at noon-4 p.m. Thursday.

The event will include two public listening sessions focused on affordable housing and homelessness across Colorado.

“We are at an inflection point for affordable housing, and it’s critical that we find creative solutions that meet this moment,” Neguse said in a news release.

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About

Joe Neguse 1

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Congressman Joe Neguse represents Colorado’s 2nd District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was elected to his first term in November 2018, becoming the first African-American member of Congress in Colorado history. He serves as a member of the House Judiciary Committee, the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. Additionally, he serves as Chair of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands and Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship.

Rep. Neguse was elected by his colleagues to serve as a member of House Democratic Leadership in the 117th Congress, as Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC). In his first term, Rep. Neguse served as Co-Freshman Representative to Leadership, representing first term members at the leadership table. He also serves as one of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Vice Chairs. In 2020, he was recognized as the most bipartisan member of Colorado’s congressional delegation by the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, and received the “Spirit of Service” award from the Town Hall Project for his successful Service Town Hall initiative. During his first term in Congress, he introduced more legislation than any freshman lawmaker in the country, and has had more legislation signed into law by the President than any member of Colorado’s congressional delegation. The Center for Effective Lawmaking recently ranked Congressman Neguse among the top 10 most effective lawmakers in Congress, including as the most effective for legislation on public lands.

Before his election, Rep. Neguse served in the Governor of Colorado’s Cabinet as the Executive Director of Colorado’s consumer protection agency. As one of the youngest people to serve as a state-Cabinet secretary at age 31, he achieved key victories, including the recovery of millions of dollars for consumers, investigations culminating in significant financial-fraud cases, the championing of legislation to combat financial fraud against seniors, and the launch of the state’s first online filing system for civil rights discrimination complaints.

Previously Rep. Neguse was elected to represent Colorado’s 2nd District on the University of Colorado Board of Regents, where he served a six-year term fighting to make higher education more affordable and accessible and building consensus on tough issues, including efforts to lower student health insurance costs, increase wages for the University’s lowest paid workers and make voter registration more accessible to students. He also worked in the Colorado House of Representatives, as a Commissioner at Boulder Housing Partners and co-founded New Era Colorado, the state’s largest youth voter registration and mobilization non-profit. He received his B.S. in Political Science and Economics from the University of Colorado-Boulder, where he graduated summa cum laude, and received his J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law.

Over 40 years ago, Rep. Neguse’s parents immigrated to the United States from Eritrea. As hardworking immigrants and naturalized citizens, they never forgot nor took for granted the freedom and opportunities the United States gave them and their children. Their experience motivated Rep. Neguse to be an active participant in our democracy at an early age, and to give back through public service. Rep. Neguse’s public service is rooted in his firm belief that we should be expanding—not restricting—opportunities for all Americans, and he has spent his career doing the same. His priorities in Congress include lowering health care costs and prescription drug prices, raising workers’ wages, ensuring greater accountability in government, protecting our treasured public lands, and fighting the existential threat of climate change.

Rep. Neguse and his wife Andrea live in Lafayette, where they are raising their young daughter, Natalie.

Committees

Representative Joe Neguse serves on House Leadership as Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC), as a member of the House Judiciary Committee, the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. Congressman Neguse also serves as the Chair of the National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Subcommittee. In addition, he holds a position as a Vice Chair on several key subcommittees and caucuses, including serving as a Vice Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, a Vice Chair of the Medicare for All Caucus and a Vice Chair for the Immigration and Citizenship Subcommittee.

A full list of Neguse’s Committees and Caucuses is below:

Representative Joe Neguse is a member of the House Judiciary Committee

  • Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law
  • Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship (Vice Chair)
  • Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet

the House Natural Resources Committee

  • Chair of the National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands subcommittee

The Rules Committee and the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.

  • Subcommitte on Legislative and Budget Process
  • Subcommittee on Rules and Organization of the House

Representative Neguse holds leadership roles on the following Subcommittees and Caucuses:

  • Vice Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus 
  • Founder and Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Wildfire Caucus
  • Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Co-Chair of the Refugee Caucus
  • Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Caucus
  • Vice Chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Taskforce
  • Vice Chair of the Medicare for All Caucus
  • Vice Chair for Housing and Transportation for the Poverty and Opportunity Task Force

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Boulder, CO 80302
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Fort Collins
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Washington, DC
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Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2161

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Wikipedia entry

Joseph D. Neguse (/nəˈɡs/ nə-GOOS;[1][2] born May 13, 1984) is an American lawyer and politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Colorado’s 2nd congressional district since 2019. The district is based in Boulder and includes many of Denver‘s northwestern suburbs, as well as Fort Collins. A member of the Democratic Party, he was a Regent of the University of Colorado from 2008 to 2015.[3] Neguse is the first Eritrean-American elected to the United States Congress and Colorado’s first black member of Congress.[4]

Early life

Neguse’s parents immigrated to the United States from Eritrea. They met while living in Bakersfield, California, where they married and had Joe and his younger sister.[5] The family moved to Colorado when he was six years old. After living in Aurora, Littleton, and Highlands Ranch, the family settled in Boulder.[6] Neguse graduated from ThunderRidge High School,[5] the University of Colorado Boulder with a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics summa cum laude in 2005, and the University of Colorado Law School with his Juris Doctor in 2009.[7]

Earlier career

While he was a student, Neguse founded New Era Colorado, an organization to get young people involved in politics. He worked at the Colorado State Capitol as an assistant to Andrew Romanoff when Romanoff was a member of the Colorado House of Representatives. In 2008 Neguse was elected to the Regents of the University of Colorado, representing Colorado’s 2nd congressional district.[8]

Neguse ran for Secretary of State of Colorado in 2014,[9][10][11] losing to Wayne W. Williams, 47.5% to 44.9%.[12] Governor John Hickenlooper appointed Neguse the executive director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) in June 2015.[13]

In 2017, Neguse resigned from DORA to run in the 2018 elections for the United States House of Representatives in Colorado’s 2nd congressional district, seeking to succeed Jared Polis, who successfully ran for governor of Colorado.[14] He also joined the law firm Snell & Wilmer, working in administrative law.[15]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2018

On June 13, 2017, Neguse announced he would run for the Democratic nomination after incumbent U.S. Representative Jared Polis announced he would not run for reelection and would run for governor of Colorado.[16][17] In the June 26, 2018, Democratic primary—the real contest in this heavily Democratic district—Neguse faced businessman and former Boulder County Democratic Party chairman Mark Williams.[18] Neguse defeated Williams with 65.7% of the vote, winning all 10 counties in the district.[19][20]

Neguse then defeated the Republican nominee, businessman Peter Yu, in the November 6 general election, receiving 60.2% of the vote, and winning all but two counties.[21][22] Neguse became the first African-American to represent Colorado in the House.[23][24]

Tenure

Neguse voted for the impeachment of Donald Trump in 2019.[25] In 2020, he was named the most bipartisan member of the Colorado congressional delegation by the Lugar Center.[26]

On January 12, 2021, Neguse voted to impeach Trump a second time, and was named as a House impeachment manager for the second impeachment trial.[27]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Political positions

Civil rights

Neguse supports the Equality Act.[25]

Racial equality

Neguse supports the Voting Rights Act and co-sponsored the Emmett Till Antilynching Act.[25]

Climate change

Neguse calls climate change an “existential threat.” He has introduced legislation to create an expansion of the Civilian Conservation Corps to focus on forest management and wildfire mitigation.[26] Neguse opposed the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. He supports the Green New Deal.[29]

Drugs

He supports the national legalization of cannabis.[29]

Energy

He supports efforts to increase fuel efficiency and federal incentives for renewable energy use.[29]

Environment

Neguse supports endangered wildlife protections, including sponsoring bills to support wildlife protections on the South Platte River. He also wants to expand the size of Arapaho National Forest.[25]

Health care

Neguse supports Medicare for All and a universal health care. He also supports mandatory coverage of preexisting conditions and opposes repealing the Affordable Care Act.[29]

COVID-19

He supports the national expansion of COVID-19 testing and voted in support of stimulus funding related to the pandemic. Neguse opposed the Trump administration’s decision to leave the World Health Organization during the pandemic.[29]

Government reform

Elections and voting rights

Neguse supports national mail-in voting.[29] He also supports the Voting Rights Act and has introduced legislation to allow people aged 16 and 17 to preregister to vote.[25]

Gun law

Neguse supports universal background checks and believes there are limitations to the Second Amendment.[29]

Immigration

Neguse supports a pathway for citizenship for undocumented immigrants in the US and the DREAM Act.[29][25]

Military

He opposes increased military spending.[29]

Law enforcement

Neguse supports police reform.[29]

Taxes

He opposes the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.[29]

Electoral history

Democratic primary results, Colorado 2018[30]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Joe Neguse 76,829 65.74%
DemocraticMark Williams40,04434.26%
Total votes116,873 100%
Colorado’s 2nd congressional district results, 2018[31]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Joe Neguse 259,608 60.27%
RepublicanPeter Yu144,90133.64%
IndependentNick Thomas16,3563.80%
LibertarianRoger Barris9,7492.26%
Write-in1510.03%
Total votes430,765 100%
Democratic hold
Colorado’s 2nd congressional district results, 2020[32]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Joe Neguse (incumbent) 316,925 61.5%
RepublicanCharles Winn182,54735.4%
LibertarianThom Atkinson13,6572.6%
UnityGary Swing2,5340.5%
Total votes515,663 100%
Democratic hold

Personal life

Neguse is married to Andrea Jimenez Rael.[33] They met in Boulder County.[25] Their daughter[26] was born in August 2018.[4][34] They live in Lafayette, south of Boulder.[35]

See also

References

  1. ^ Rep. Joe Neguse [@RepJoeNeguse] (August 14, 2020). “Americans rely on #USPS to deliver medicine, paychecks, social security, ballots and more. The President’s attempt to sabotage and undermine these critical services in the middle of a pandemic is unconscionable and dangerous. We cannot let this stand” (Tweet). Retrieved November 8, 2020 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Rep. Joe Neguse [@RepJoeNeguse] (October 26, 2020). “The terrible wildfires our state and community have experienced have taken a very heavy toll. But Coloradans are resilient. And I know that — working together — we will overcome these challenges. #ColoradoStrong #EastTroublesomeFire #CameronPeakFire” (Tweet). Retrieved November 8, 2020 – via Twitter.
  3. ^ “The Human Limits of Human Capital: An Overview of Noncompete Agreements and Best Practices for Protecting Trade Secrets from Unlawful Misappropriation” (PDF).
  4. ^ a b “Parents’ Journey Inspired US Congress’ 1st Eritrean-American”. VOA. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Swinnerton, Jamie (June 19, 2014). “Joe Neguse — “I go by Joe” — on his run for Secretary of State”. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  6. ^ Michael Roberts (August 31, 2018). “Joe Neguse Interview About Colorado Second District Congressional Run 2018”. Westword. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  7. ^ “2008 Candidate Profile: Joseph Neguse, Democrat”. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  8. ^ “Neguse, Fitz-Gerald assembly winners – Boulder Daily Camera”. Dailycamera.com. July 30, 2009. Archived from the original on October 11, 2018. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  9. ^ Daily, Boulder (June 24, 2013). “CU Regent Joe Neguse seeks Democratic nod for secretary of state – The Denver Post”. Denverpost.com. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  10. ^ “Democrat Joe Neguse files for SoS – Colorado Politics”. Coloradostatesman.com. June 27, 2013. Archived from the original on January 10, 2016. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  11. ^ Lynn Bartels (April 10, 2014). “Joe Neguse, son of immigrants, runs for Colorado secretary of state”. Blogs.denverpost.com. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  12. ^ “GOP sweeps statewide seats for second election in a row – Colorado Politics”. Coloradostatesman.com. November 7, 2014. Archived from the original on September 23, 2015. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  13. ^ “Secretary Williams touts one-time rival, Joe Neguse, for cabinet post – Lynn Bartels on SOS.state.co.us”. bartels-on.sos.state.co.us. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  14. ^ Matthews, Mark K. (June 13, 2017). “Joe Neguse declares run for Jared Polis’ seat in Congress – The Denver Post”. Denverpost.com. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  15. ^ Paul, Jesse (August 29, 2017). “Joe Neguse joins Denver law office of Snell & Wilmer”. Denverpost.com. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  16. ^ “Joe Neguse declares run for Jared Polis’ seat in Congress”. The Denver Post. June 13, 2017. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  17. ^ “Neguse resigning as DORA executive director, running for Congress”. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  18. ^ “Congressional candidates want Medicare for all and to impeach Trump. Money divides them”. Coloradoan. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  19. ^ “Election Night Reporting”. results.enr.clarityelections.com. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  20. ^ “Colorado Primary Election Results: Second House District”. The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  21. ^ “Election Night Reporting”. results.enr.clarityelections.com. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  22. ^ “Colorado Election Results: Second House District”. The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  23. ^ “Joe Neguse Becomes First African-American To Represent Colorado In Congress”. November 6, 2018. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  24. ^ “Joe Neguse wins 2nd Congressional District seat, becomes Colorado’s 1st black congressman”. The Denver Post. November 7, 2018. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  25. ^ a b c d e f g “Joe Neguse”. Colorado Encyclopedia. July 6, 2020.
  26. ^ a b c Marmaduke, Jacy (October 14, 2020). “Colorado Congressional election: Q&A with U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse”. The Coloradoan.
  27. ^ “Pelosi Names Impeachment Managers”. Speaker Nancy Pelosi. January 12, 2021. Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  28. ^ “Caucus Members”. Congressional Progressive Caucus. Retrieved March 29, 2021.
  29. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k “Colorado CD2 2020: Rep. Joe Neguse, Charlie Winn On The Issues”. Colorado Public Radio. October 12, 2020.
  30. ^ “2018 Colorado Democratic primary election results”. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  31. ^ “2018 Colorado general election results”. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  32. ^ “2020 General Election – Official Compiled Results”. Colorado Secretary of State. Retrieved December 6, 2020.
  33. ^ Roy, Lisa (January 12, 2020). “Joseph (Joe) Neguse (1984- ) •”.
  34. ^ “2nd Congressional District candidates meet in quest to replace Jared Polis”. Broomfield Enterprise. August 29, 2018. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  35. ^ Lundquist, Paulette (November 28, 2018). “Neguse”. TheHill.

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Joe Neguse (D)259,60860.3%
Peter Yu (R)144,90133.6%
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NEGUSE, JOE has run in 1 race for public office, winning 1 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $31,926.

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ECONOMY

A strong, stable economy rests on supporting businesses and working families. In order for positive economic growth to continue, Congress must pursue policies that allow employees to benefit from the financial gains of companies; promote job creation for small businesses; and build ladders of opportunity to create economic mobility.

Growing the Middle Class
Despite recent growth in the stock market, we continue to see stagnated wages and growing economic inequality. The rising costs of child-care, increasing housing costs, lack of paid sick and family leave, as well as the inability for many workers to invest in retirement plans, creates significant barriers to growing wealth. Representative Neguse is fighting to ensure that American workers have basic workplace protections and fair wages that families need in order to pursue their economic goals. Representative Neguse supports fair wage policies such as the Paycheck Fairness Act and Raise the Wage legislation to increase the minimum wage to $15 to ensure that we build out an economy that works for everyone.

Housing
Access to affordable housing is the cornerstone to helping communities, families, and businesses thrive. A healthy housing market provides a mix of housing options – both homeownership and affordable apartments – for all households on the income spectrum. Numerous studies have proven that stable housing has benefits beyond putting a roof over one’s head, including improved early childhood education outcomes and reducing chronic health conditions. However, many Coloradans find themselves dedicating more of their income on housing costs as rental markets have tightened and housing sale prices have soared. Representative Neguse is working to balance the housing system to help Colorado families have access to housing that best meets their needs and financial goals while ensuring salaries can keep pace with the higher costs.

Small Businesses, Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Small businesses form the engine of our economy, making up nearly half of private-sector employment. Fostering an environment for entrepreneurs to pursue their business goals, enabling small businesses to grow and allowing employees to partake in the growth of a company not only builds a strong economy, but also creates a sustainable one.

Tax Reform
The success of businesses and workers depends on fundamentally reforming the tax code. By limiting deductions and eliminating special interest loopholes we can support job creation, encourage investments in small businesses and help working families keep more money in their pockets. We need a simple and fair tax code that ensures predictability for businesses, individuals and our federal budget.

Consumer Protection
Having served as director of Colorado’s consumer protection agency, Representative Neguse is committed to protecting the civil rights of every Coloradan and strengthening consumer protections and safeguards. As Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law, Representative Neguse will continue to champion legislation on behalf of consumers.

Environment

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

Colorado’s lands, air and water are the heart of our state’s character, and sustain our livelihoods. Visitors from across the globe come to Colorado year-round to get a taste of what we’re surrounded by every day. In Colorado, we see first-hand that the health of our environment directly relates to the health of our citizens and the health of our economy. We owe it to future generations to protect everything around us that we love.

America is a beautiful, innovative country, but for too long, we have ignored the poisonous pollution leaking into our skies and rivers. It’s past time to act. Representative Neguse is committed to the fight for clean air, clean water, and preservation of our public lands and natural resources. He supports bold action to combat climate change by increasing investments in renewable energy, supporting the research of Federal research labs throughout Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District and drastically reducing carbon emissions by eliminating subsidies for fossil-fuel companies. We must reject the false choice between a clean planet and economic prosperity. As a member of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), an action-based caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, Representative Neguse is working with his colleagues in the Congress and the Administration to advance policies that recognize these important priorities.

Climate Change
Climate change is an existential threat that we need to begin tackling head on. In Colorado, we already see the first-hand effects of a changing climate and its impact on our ecosystems including flooding, droughts, and more intense storms. Our state’s recreation-based industries have a lot to lose as well: threatening skiing, hiking and backpacking, rafting, fishing, and wildlife dependent activities. Backcountry enthusiasts flock to Colorado to enjoy our natural wonders; global climate change could damage this important sector of Colorado’s economy. Simply put, Colorado has a vested stake in the health of our world’s climate.

As one of 15 members appointed to serve on the House Select Committee on Climate Change, Representative Neguse plans to fight for bold action on climate change. We must put science before special interests as we shape public policy. Together, we must change our attitudes and behavior to slow the dangerous pattern of global climate change.

Public Lands
Over 50% of Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District is designated public lands. Colorado’s landscape goes hand in hand with its people and its character, and we are lucky to have so many beautiful places set aside as public lands. Colorado’s economy relies on the health of those public lands and draws masses of visitors every year to explore everything from Rocky Mountain National Park to the Indian Peaks Wilderness, from hiking the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness to skiing on our world-class slopes in the White River National Forest.

It is imperative that we keep these lands pristine. Environmental protection and lands stewardship where necessary directly affects our public health, our local economies and the world our children will encounter.

Representative Neguse is working with his colleagues to ensure that our public lands continue to be protected not only for our future generations but also for the sake of maintaining their natural state and the wildlife and vegetation that depend on it.  He is also supporting new wilderness areas that will protect these lands while never forgetting the people that live on their boundaries and enjoy recreating in them.

Already in the 116th Congress, Representative Neguse has seen passage of two of his first pieces of legislation, the Bolts Ditch Use and Access Act and the Arapaho National Forest Boundary Adjustment (WEDGE) Act, both of which directly impact the public lands in Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District.

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Arapaho National Forest and Roosevelt National Forest

Wildland Fire Management

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Pike and San Isabel National Forest and Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands (PSICC)

Energy Development
It is now time to think about energy in a holistic, sustainable and long-term way. By encouraging long-term investments in renewable, clean energy, we can create millions of jobs, and we can make a rapid change for the better.

Our nation’s energy future won’t be found under Colorado’s mountains, in Canada’s oil sands, Alaska’s wildlife refuges or on the Outer Continental Shelf.  We have to secure a long term Production Tax Credit that will grow rapid investment in green jobs workforce training that will help drive down costs and we must form a responsible carbon pricing policy that will help spur innovation, invest in new technologies, and sustainable communities that save our planet.

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Representative Neguse believes that all Americans have the right to high-quality, affordable health care. He is committed to defending against efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, fighting for Medicare-For-All and lowering prescription drug prices. One of the first pieces of legislation he co sponsored in the 116th Congress was a legislative package to provide sweeping cost relief to American consumers purchase of prescription drugs and he seeks to make affordable healthcare one of his priority issues in the 116th Congress.

Medicare for All
The Affordable Care Act was a critically important step towards the goal of universal healthcare, allowing for 22 million Americans to gain health insurance for the first time, young adults to stay on their parent’s health plans until they’re 26 and individuals with pre-existing conditions to benefit from increased protections. As we move forward, though, we must continue to build on the success of the ACA to achieve the goal of universal health care.

Twenty-nine million Americans today still do not have health insurance and millions more are underinsured and cannot afford the high copayments and deductibles charged by private health insurance companies that put profits before people. Healthcare must be recognized as a right, not a privilege. The only long-term solution to America’s health-care crisis is a single-payer national health care program. Representative Neguse supports the Medicare for All Act which would reduce overhead and administration costs in our healthcare system, focus federal investments on training health care providers, build on the strength of the 50 years of success of the Medicare program and finally separate health insurance from employment. He is also a Vice Chair of the Medicare for All caucus.

Lowering the Cost of Prescription Drugs
Today, American consumers pay far more for drugs than it costs to manufacture them. The government is giving exclusive monopoly to pharmaceuticals, and it has to stop. Lowering prescription drug prices and providing cost relief to Americans has to be a priority. A life-saving drug does no good if the people who need it cannot afford that drug. Representative Neguse supports efforts to allow for Medicare to negotiate for lower prescription drug prices with prescription drug companies, as the Veterans Administration currently does. He also supports efforts to allow American consumers and pharmacies to import drugs from Canada and other major countries. Fundamentally, Representative Neguse believes we must get the profit motive out of our healthcare system, this begins with putting a check on the pharmaceutical companies’ reckless price hikes and lowering prescription drug prices across the board.

Medicare
Representative Neguse views Medicare as an indispensable social safety net. Approximately 50 million Americans receive coverage through the program each year, including nearly 900,000 Colorado seniors. Representative Neguse is committed to ensuring the long-term sustainability of the program for future generations, and will oppose any legislation that undermines the opportunity for our seniors to maintain a healthy and productive standard of living after they retire.

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Congressman Jason Crow is the kind of person you want in your foxhole when things get rough.

Crow, a Democrat from Colorado, was on the House of Representatives floor when an angry, politically charged mob of insurrectionists broke through the security perimeter and stormed into the Capitol on January 6th, disrupting the electoral college certification.  Crow observed the Capitol Police closing and locking doors and then stacking furniture against the doors.

The former Army Ranger swung into action when he heard gunshots and flash-bang grenades going off. Rangers are the Army’s elite, large-scale fighting force and some of the best-trained soldiers in the world.

Crow immediately began assisting his colleagues and the SWAT teams, re-checking the doors and helping his colleagues put on gas masks.  He made sure everyone got out of the gallery safely before he left…. After President Joe Biden announced plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan in April, Crow immediately got to work to ensure our Afghan partners were not left behind. Just over a week after the announcement, Crow created the bipartisan Honoring Our Promises Working Group — a group of 30 Democrats and Republicans — focused on honoring the promises made to Afghan citizens who have worked to support U.S. operations in Afghanistan.

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Congressman Jason Crow is the kind of person you want in your foxhole when things get rough.

Crow, a Democrat from Colorado, was on the House of Representatives floor when an angry, politically charged mob of insurrectionists broke through the security perimeter and stormed into the Capitol on January 6th, disrupting the electoral college certification.  Crow observed the Capitol Police closing and locking doors and then stacking furniture against the doors.

The former Army Ranger swung into action when he heard gunshots and flash-bang grenades going off. Rangers are the Army’s elite, large-scale fighting force and some of the best-trained soldiers in the world.

Crow immediately began assisting his colleagues and the SWAT teams, re-checking the doors and helping his colleagues put on gas masks.  He made sure everyone got out of the gallery safely before he left…. After President Joe Biden announced plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan in April, Crow immediately got to work to ensure our Afghan partners were not left behind. Just over a week after the announcement, Crow created the bipartisan Honoring Our Promises Working Group — a group of 30 Democrats and Republicans — focused on honoring the promises made to Afghan citizens who have worked to support U.S. operations in Afghanistan.

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Jason proudly represents Colorado’s 6th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Jason serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the Small Business Committee, and he is honored to serve as Vice-Chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and the National Security Task Force. Every day in Congress, Jason is fighting for common sense solutions for all Coloradans.

Jason comes from a working-class background, and grew up with values that shaped his world view – like hard work, honesty, and fairness. The grandson of a bricklayer and son of small business owners, Jason worked minimum-wage jobs during high school and eventually enlisted in the National Guard and worked construction jobs to pay his way through college.

After the horrific 9/11 attacks, Jason served in the Army’s storied 82nd Airborne Division. As Jason matter-of-factly puts it, “I’ve just always been someone who goes where the fight is.” Jason soon found himself leading a platoon of paratroopers during the invasion of Iraq and earned the Bronze Star for his combat actions during the invasion.

Shortly after returning from Iraq he joined the Army’s elite 75th Ranger Regiment, serving two additional tours – this time in Afghanistan, as part of the Joint Special Operations Task Force, where Jason served along the Pakistan border.

Jason has been an outspoken advocate for his fellow veterans in Colorado and across the country. In 2012, fueled by the same patriotism and sense of justice that drove him to enlist in the military, Jason spoke at the Democratic National Convention, making the case for President Obama’s repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Committees

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

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Small Business Committee

Chairman of the Subcommittee on Innovation and Workforce Development

Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access

Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship

Armed Service

As a former Army Ranger, Rep. Crow understands the importance of supporting our military and careful deliberation needed before putting our soldiers in harm’s way. He serves on the Armed Services Committee where he oversees ongoing military operations, our servicemembers, and defense technology. The committee is responsible for overseeing the Department of Defense and large sections of the Department of Energy.

On the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities, Rep. Crow oversees and creates policy on military intelligence, cybersecurity, special forces operations, and to counter nuclear proliferation and terrorism. He also oversees military readiness, training, installations, and housing issues from his position on the Subcommittee on Readiness. From this subcommittee, Rep. Crow has pushed the military to consider more environmental concerns when discussing military construction and infrastructure.

Small Business

Congressman Crow knows that small businesses are the backbone of our economy, in Colorado’s 6th and across the country. Serving on the Small Business Committee, Rep. Crow works to ensure small businesses, and the people they employ, are able to thrive. He also serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Innovation and Workforce Development. From this role, Rep. Crow works to help small businesses harness new American technology, navigate cybersecurity threats, and address health care and retirement issues.

Caucuses and Task Forces

Congressman Crow thinks we should address gun violence for what it is, a public health crisis. Our community, like so many others, has lost too many people to shootings. He has been fighting for common-sense gun safety measures, including universal background checks and an assault rifle ban. In Congress, Rep. Crow serves as a Vice Chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force to help pass meaningful reforms.

On other task forces and in caucuses, Rep. Crow is working to find solutions of the opioid crisis, support refugee programs, and fight for LGBT+ equality.

Task Forces:

  • Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, Vice Chair
  • Freshmen Working Group on Addiction
  • Democratic Caucus National Security Task Force, Co-Chair

Caucuses

  • New Democrat Coalition
  • Infrastructure Task Force, Co-Chair
  • Army Caucus
  • Pro-Choice Caucus
  • ALS Caucus, Co-Chair
  • Civility Caucus
  • For Country Caucus
  • LGBT Equality Caucus
  • Ethiopian-American Caucus
  • Military Veterans Caucus
  • Refugee Caucus
  • Labor Caucus
  • Future Forum
  • Congressional Armenian Caucus
  • Energy Storage Caucus
  • Cannabis Caucus
  • Defense Communities Caucus
  • Animal Protection Caucus
  • Iraq Caucus
  • Syria Caucus
  • Diabetes Caucus
  • Community Health Centers Caucus
  • Congressional Rare Disease Caucus
  • Men’s HealthCaucus
  • Health Care Innovation Caucus
  • Career and Technical Innovation Caucus
  • Servicewomen and Women Veterans Caucus
  • End Corruption Caucus
  • Military Resilience and Energy Caucus, Co-Chair
  • Kurdish American Caucus, Co-Chair
  • Space Force Caucus, Co-Chair
  • NDIA Caucus Co-Chair
  • Afghanistan Caucus
  • Ethiopia Caucus

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Jason Crow (born March 15, 1979) is an American lawyer,[1] veteran, and politician who is a member of the United States House of Representatives from Colorado’s 6th congressional district. Crow is the first member of the Democratic Party to represent the district, which encompasses several of Denver‘s eastern suburbs like Aurora, Littleton, Centennial, and Thornton.

Crow was an impeachment manager during his first term in Congress at the first impeachment trial of President Trump.[2]

Early life and career

Crow was born in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1979.[3] He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and his Juris Doctor from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2009.[4][5]

Crow is a former Army Ranger.[6] He served three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan as part of the 82nd Airborne Division and 75th Ranger Regiment. Crow took part in the Battle of Samawah in 2003 as a platoon leader in the 82nd Airborne Division; for his actions during the battle, he was awarded the Bronze Star. Crow served on the Colorado Board of Veterans Affairs from 2009 to 2014. After service, Crow became partner with the Holland and Hart Law Firm.[7] In 2015 Crow was awarded the University of Denver’s Ammi Hyde Award for Recent Graduate Achievement.[8]

Congress

Elections

2018

On April 17, 2017, Crow announced his intention to run to represent Colorado’s 6th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives against incumbent four-term Republican Mike Coffman.[9][10]

In the Democratic primary, Crow ran against progressive businessman Levi Tillemann.[11] Crow defeated incumbent Republican Mike Coffman in the general election on November 6.[12] Crow received 54% of the vote, and won two out of the three counties in the district.[13][14] He is the first Democrat to represent the district since its creation in 1982.

2020

Crow ran for reelection to a second term, running unopposed in the Democratic primary.[15] He then faced off against Republican challenger Steve House, the former chairman of the Colorado Republican Party, in the November 3, 2020, general election.[16] Crow won with 57.1% of the vote to House’s 40%.[17]

Tenure

2021 storming of the United States Capitol

Crow described his experience during the storming of the Capitol, “I got into Ranger mode a little bit. Most of the members didn’t know how to use the emergency masks, so I was helping them get their emergency masks out of the bags and helped instruct a bunch of folks on how to put it on and how to use it.” He also locked doors in the chamber, moved other lawmakers away from the doors, and directed them to “remove their pins so they weren’t identifiable in case the mob did break through.” Crow held the hand of distressed Rep. Susan Wild in a photo that went viral.[18] He said, “I certainly haven’t felt that way since I was in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. I never, in a million years, would have thought I would have been experiencing that as a member of Congress in the U.S. Capitol.”[19]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Electoral history

Democratic primary results, Colorado 2018[22]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Jason Crow 49,851 65.93%
DemocraticLevi Tillemann25,75734.07%
Total votes75,608 100%
Colorado’s 6th congressional district results, 2018
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Jason Crow 187,639 54.10%
RepublicanMike Coffman (incumbent)148,68542.87%
LibertarianKat Martin5,8861.70%
IndependentDan Chapin4,6071.33%
Write-in5<0.01%
Total votes346,822 100%
Democratic gain from Republican
Democratic primary results, Colorado 2020[15]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Jason Crow (incumbent) 122,929 100%
Total votes122,929 100%
Colorado’s 6th congressional district results, 2020
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Jason Crow (incumbent) 250,314 57.1%
RepublicanSteve House175,19240.0%
LibertarianNorm Olsen9,0832.1%
UnityJaimie Kulikowski3,8840.9%
Total votes438,473 100%
Democratic hold

Political positions

Gun control

Crow voiced support for gun control reform while campaigning for the House of Representatives.[23] On February 28, 2019, he voted for the Bipartisan Background Checks Act (H.R.8) after cosponsoring the bill.[24] H.R.8, if passed, will require unlicensed gun sellers to conduct background checks on gun buyers. Crow is also a cosponsor of the Assault Weapon Ban Act (H.R.1296), which would limit access to guns that are considered assault weapons.[24]

Special interests

Crow refused corporate PAC money during his campaign. He is a sponsor of the For the People Act of 2019, which would end gerrymandering and create automatic voter registration if passed.[25] The For the People Act of 2019 would also prevent Congress members from serving on corporate boards. The bill also seeks to eliminate dark money contributions.[25][26]

Abortion

Crow supports abortion rights. “I will always fight to protect a woman’s right to choose. Women should have the right to make healthcare decisions that are right for them and their families. I have fought to protect a woman’s right to choose, while simultaneously working to continue funding critical resources like Planned Parenthood.”[27]

Impeachment

On September 23, 2019, Crow was one of seven freshmen lawmakers with national security backgrounds who shared an opinion essay in The Washington Post voicing their support for an impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump. In interviews, Crow said it was important that “the inquiry stay focused and proceed efficiently.”[28] On January 15, 2020, Crow was selected as one of seven impeachment managers who presented the impeachment case against President Donald Trump during his trial before the United States Senate.[29][30]

Personal life

Crow and his wife Deserai (née Anderson) have two children.[31]

References

  1. ^ “Who is Jason Crow? Impeachment manager is a former Army Ranger, attorney”. January 16, 2020.
  2. ^ Kroll, Andy (February 14, 2020). “Can a Freshman Congressman Prosecute Trump for High Crimes — and Still Keep His Faith in Humanity?”. Retrieved December 24, 2020.
  3. ^ “Candidate Conversation – Jason Crow (D) | News & Analysis”. Inside Elections. Archived from the original on November 8, 2018. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  4. ^ “Jason Crow bio: Get to know the Democrat running in Colorado’s 6th Congressional District”. Coloradosun.com. October 12, 2018. Archived from the original on November 7, 2018. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  5. ^ Your Name * (August 31, 2015). “University of Denver MagazineDU Law alum continues quest for learning | University of Denver Magazine”. Magazine.du.edu. Archived from the original on September 5, 2015. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  6. ^ Wade, Peter (January 23, 2021). “Sen. Tom Cotton Bragged He Was an ‘Army Ranger.’ He Was Not”. Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 27, 2021.
  7. ^ Scott, Ramsey (July 12, 2017). “Democrat Jason Crow set to move into 6th Congressional District to boost challenge to Coffman”. Sentinel Colorado. Archived from the original on November 25, 2018. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  8. ^ The Denver Post, “People on the Move,” 6 April 2015 [1] Archived October 6, 2019, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ “Denver attorney Jason Crow to challenge Mike Coffman in 2018”. The Denver Post. April 11, 2017. Archived from the original on November 21, 2018. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  10. ^ “Democrat Jason Crow to challenge Coffman in Colorado’s 6th”. Washington Post. Archived from the original on January 7, 2019. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  11. ^ “A secret recording, a Bronze Star and “The Royal Tenenbaums” — the Democratic race to unseat Mike Coffman is flush with personality, politics”. The Denver Post. May 23, 2018. Archived from the original on November 16, 2018. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  12. ^ “Democrat Jason Crow defeats 5-term Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman | FOX31 Denver”. Kdvr.com. Associated Press. November 6, 2018. Archived from the original on November 8, 2018. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  13. ^ contact@scytl.com, scytl. “Election Night Reporting”. results.enr.clarityelections.com. Archived from the original on December 1, 2018. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  14. ^ “Colorado Election Results: Sixth House District”. The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on December 31, 2018. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  15. ^ a b “June 30, 2020 Primary Election – Official Results”. Colorado Secretary of State.
  16. ^ Frank, John (September 3, 2019). “A prominent Republican announces challenge to Jason Crow amid uncertainty GOP can win back 6th District”. Colorado Politics. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  17. ^ “2020 General Election – Official Compiled Results”. Colorado Secretary of State. Retrieved December 6, 2020.
  18. ^ Britzky, Haley (January 7, 2021). “This Army Ranger-turned-Congressman was last out of the House chamber during the Capitol riots”. Task & Purpose. Retrieved January 8, 2021.
  19. ^ Paul, Jesse (January 6, 2021). We were getting ready to make a stand”: Colorado congressmen recount harrowing moments as rioters approached”. The Colorado Sun. Retrieved January 8, 2021.
  20. ^ “Members”. New Democrat Coalition. Archived from the original on February 8, 2018. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  21. ^ “Committees and Caucuses”. Representative Jason Crow. December 13, 2012. Retrieved June 2, 2021.
  22. ^ “2018 Colorado Democratic primary election results”. Archived from the original on June 22, 2019. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  23. ^ Nielsen, Ella. “Democratic House candidate Jason Crow thinks he can run on gun control – and win” Archived March 6, 2019, at the Wayback MachineVox April 17, 2018. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  24. ^ a b “Rep. Jason Crow Votes to Pass Universal Background Checks” (Press release). Washington D.C. February 27, 2019. Archived from the original on March 6, 2019. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  25. ^ a b “Rep. Jason Crow Sponsors Bill To End Gerrymandering, ‘Dark Money. CBS Denver. January 9, 2019. Archived from the original on February 3, 2019. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  26. ^ Montellaro, Zach. “House passes sweeping election reform bill”. POLITICO.
  27. ^ Source: 2018 CO-6 House campaign website JasonCrowForCongress.com, May 4, 2020.
  28. ^ The Denver Post, “Trump gives swing-district Democrats like Jason Crow new cause to back inquiry,” 8 Oct 2019 [2] Archived October 10, 2019, at the Wayback Machine
  29. ^ Wilkie, Christina (January 15, 2020). “Pelosi taps Schiff, Nadler and 5 others as Trump impeachment managers”. CNBC. Archived from the original on January 15, 2020. Retrieved January 15, 2020.
  30. ^ The New York Times “Jason Crow: Impeachment Manager Who Pressed to Launch Inquiry”, 15 Jan 2020 [3] Archived January 15, 2020, at the Wayback Machine
  31. ^ Gray, Haley (January 15, 2019). “Meet Jason Crow, One of Colorado’s Newest Representatives”. 5280. Archived from the original on January 15, 2020. Retrieved January 22, 2020.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado’s 6th congressional district

2019–present
Incumbent
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Preceded by

United States representatives by seniority
307th
Succeeded by


Recent Elections

2018 US Representative

Jason Crow (D)187,63954.1%
Mike Coffman (R)148,68542.9%
Kat Martin (L)5,8861.7%
Dan Chapin ()4,6071.3%
TOTAL346,817

Source: Ballotpedia

Finances

CROW, JASON has run in 2 races for public office, winning 1 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $8,036,794.

Source: Follow the Money

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Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade and Entrepreneurship
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Voting Record

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New Legislation

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Issues

Good Government

Jason understands that trust in our system is at an all-time-low. Our campaign finance system is broken, our weakened voting rights laws are under attack every day, and our leaders in Washington are rarely held accountable.

As an Army Ranger, Jason fought proudly to uphold our shared values — that every American deserves a voice in our system. In Iraq and Afghanistan, Jason saw firsthand what happens when people lose faith in the system and the hopelessness that people feel when they believe the government is rigged. As a member of Congress, Jason recognizes that the values he fought for overseas are under now under assault at home. Because of money in politics and Citizens United, Congress has failed to act on climate change, on gun violence, on the opioid epidemic and on so many other critical issues facing our democracy.

That’s why Jason is fighting to strengthen our campaign finance laws and give more Americans access to the ballot box. Jason supports getting dark money out of our elections, overturning Citizens United, fixing the Voting Rights Act, automatic voter registration, and holding members of Congress accountable to the people they represent. As a freshman member, Jason played a key role in the passage of H.R.1, the For the People Act, leading a letter calling on House Leadership to make reform a top priority for the new Congress.

Jason’s first bill as a member of Congress was the End Dark Money Act, a bill designed to crack down on dark money organization by stopping the abuse of social welfare organizations by mega-donors who use 501(c) organizations to hide their political contributions.

As a member of Congress, Jason holds himself and his office to the highest standards of ethics, accountability, and transparency. Jason is one of the few members of Congress to post his daily congressional office meeting calendar, has committed to hosting at least one town hall per quarter, and hosts regular “Crow on Your Corner” town hall events across the district.

Local Economy & Small Business

Colorado’s economy continues to grow, and much of that growth is directly attributable to the Sixth Congressional District: we boast large health care, technology, financial, and educational institutions, Buckley Air Force Base and its partners in the aerospace industry, and thousands of enterprising small businesses. Together, we’ve made Colorado one of the most vibrant and fastest growing economies in the United States.

But Colorado’s strong economy and low unemployment are only half the picture as many residents continue to work multiple jobs to make ends meet and secure the same benefits that many of our grandparents and parents had. That’s why Jason is fighting to raise the minimum wage, supports the Paycheck Fairness Act to address the gender wage gap, and has stood with retirees in his support for the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act to save workers’ hard-earned pensions.

Jason understands that the best ideas — and the most pressing issues — are local and that the priorities of the office must be driven by the needs of the district. That is why he has unveiled his “Lead Locally” initiative. Through this initiative, Jason and his team visit a new municipality in the district each month to learn more about the unique challenges they face and bring those ideas back to Washington to solve problems for the 6th district. Working closely with mayors, city managers, and residents, Jason has fought for federal funding for Colorado’s communities, led letters to federal agencies calling for infrastructure improvements such as recent flight path changes at Centennial Airport, and supported specific grant opportunities.

As Chairman of the Small Business Committee Subcommittee on Workforce and Innovation, Jason is particularly focused on helping small businesses and start-ups reach their full growth potential. As the son of a small business owner, Jason understands that aspiring entrepreneurs must have access to resources, a talented workforce, and certainty in order to tackle their unique challenges, create new jobs, and continue to build our economy. That is why he introduced — and the House passed — the SBA Cyber Awareness Act, which helps ensure that the Small Business Administration, and the small businesses it serves, have the tools they need to prevent cyberattacks.

Jason is working every day to build coalitions and work with local, state, and federal officials — and the whole Colorado delegation — to support our vibrant industry, growing economy, and the livelihood of everyone in Colorado’s Sixth District.

Transportation & Infrastructure

Across the country, our bridges, roads, railroads, and public transit systems are in dire need of investment. Coloradans have seen this first hand as our infrastructure fails to keep up with our rapid growth creating traffic jams across the Denver metro region. And it’s not just transportation — our water, sewer, telecommunications, and energy infrastructure are also not keeping pace with residential and commercial demand.

For years, infrastructure investment has been subject to partisan gridlock in Washington. We can — and must — do better.

As co-chair of the New Democrat Coalition’s Infrastructure Task Force, Jason is fighting for infrastructure investment every day. He has called on President Trump to return to the negotiating table and work with Congress to enact a broad, fair, and bold infrastructure program that will put Americans to work, fix the funding shortfall, enhance climate resilience, and reduce pollution and carbon emissions.

Jason stands ready to work with local, state, and other transportation partners — like the Denver International Airport and RTD — to ensure that more federal money comes back to Colorado’s Sixth District. Our team in Colorado and Washington are able to assist interested parties in identifying opportunities and supporting applications for grant funding and financing. Through investment in America’s infrastructure, we can help meet the needs of our growing community and strengthen Colorados’ economy.

Governance

Good Government

Jason understands that trust in our system is at an all-time-low. Our campaign finance system is broken, our weakened voting rights laws are under attack every day, and our leaders in Washington are rarely held accountable.

 

As an Army Ranger, Jason fought proudly to uphold our shared values — that every American deserves a voice in our system. In Iraq and Afghanistan, Jason saw firsthand what happens when people lose faith in the system and the hopelessness that people feel when they believe the government is rigged. As a member of Congress, Jason recognizes that the values he fought for overseas are under now under assault at home. Because of money in politics and Citizens United, Congress has failed to act on climate change, on gun violence, on the opioid epidemic and on so many other critical issues facing our democracy.

 

That’s why Jason is fighting to strengthen our campaign finance laws and give more Americans access to the ballot box. Jason supports getting dark money out of our elections, overturning Citizens United, fixing the Voting Rights Act, automatic voter registration, and holding members of Congress accountable to the people they represent. As a freshman member, Jason played a key role in the passage of H.R.1, the For the People Act, leading a letter calling on House Leadership to make reform a top priority for the new Congress.

 

Jason’s first bill as a member of Congress was the End Dark Money Act, a bill designed to crack down on dark money organization by stopping the abuse of social welfare organizations by mega-donors who use 501(c) organizations to hide their political contributions.

 

As a member of Congress, Jason holds himself and his office to the highest standards of ethics, accountability, and transparency. Jason is one of the few members of Congress to post his daily congressional office meeting calendar, has committed to hosting at least one town hall per quarter, and hosts regular “Crow on Your Corner” town hall events across the district.

Economy

Local Economy & Small Business

Colorado’s economy continues to grow, and much of that growth is directly attributable to the Sixth Congressional District: we boast large health care, technology, financial, and educational institutions, Buckley Air Force Base and its partners in the aerospace industry, and thousands of enterprising small businesses. Together, we’ve made Colorado one of the most vibrant and fastest growing economies in the United States.

But Colorado’s strong economy and low unemployment are only half the picture as many residents continue to work multiple jobs to make ends meet and secure the same benefits that many of our grandparents and parents had. That’s why Jason is fighting to raise the minimum wage, supports the Paycheck Fairness Act to address the gender wage gap, and has stood with retirees in his support for the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act to save workers’ hard-earned pensions.

Jason understands that the best ideas — and the most pressing issues — are local and that the priorities of the office must be driven by the needs of the district. That is why he has unveiled his “Lead Locally” initiative. Through this initiative, Jason and his team visit a new municipality in the district each month to learn more about the unique challenges they face and bring those ideas back to Washington to solve problems for the 6th district. Working closely with mayors, city managers, and residents, Jason has fought for federal funding for Colorado’s communities, led letters to federal agencies calling for infrastructure improvements such as recent flight path changes at Centennial Airport, and supported specific grant opportunities.

 

As Chairman of the Small Business Committee Subcommittee on Workforce and Innovation, Jason is particularly focused on helping small businesses and start-ups reach their full growth potential. As the son of a small business owner, Jason understands that aspiring entrepreneurs must have access to resources, a talented workforce, and certainty in order to tackle their unique challenges, create new jobs, and continue to build our economy. That is why he introduced — and the House passed — the SBA Cyber Awareness Act, which helps ensure that the Small Business Administration, and the small businesses it serves, have the tools they need to prevent cyberattacks.

 

Jason is working every day to build coalitions and work with local, state, and federal officials — and the whole Colorado delegation — to support our vibrant industry, growing economy, and the livelihood of everyone in Colorado’s Sixth District.

Infrastructure

Transportation & Infrastructure

Across the country, our bridges, roads, railroads, and public transit systems are in dire need of investment. Coloradans have seen this first hand as our infrastructure fails to keep up with our rapid growth creating traffic jams across the Denver metro region. And it’s not just transportation — our water, sewer, telecommunications, and energy infrastructure are also not keeping pace with residential and commercial demand.

 

For years, infrastructure investment has been subject to partisan gridlock in Washington. We can — and must — do better.

 

As co-chair of the New Democrat Coalition’s Infrastructure Task Force, Jason is fighting for infrastructure investment every day. He has called on President Trump to return to the negotiating table and work with Congress to enact a broad, fair, and bold infrastructure program that will put Americans to work, fix the funding shortfall, enhance climate resilience, and reduce pollution and carbon emissions.

 

Jason stands ready to work with local, state, and other transportation partners — like the Denver International Airport and RTD — to ensure that more federal money comes back to Colorado’s Sixth District. Our team in Colorado and Washington are able to assist interested parties in identifying opportunities and supporting applications for grant funding and financing. Through investment in America’s infrastructure, we can help meet the needs of our growing community and strengthen Colorados’ economy.

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Ed PerlmutterEd Perlmutter – CO7

Current Position: US Representative for CO-07 since 2007
Affiliation: Democrat

Other positions:
Vice Chair, Rules and Organization of the House

Quote:
I appreciate the support of my colleagues. I’ve been talking for years about this serious public safety threat. Including #SAFEBanking in NDAA will help safeguard the financial system from illicit activity & protect Veterans. We cannot wait any longer to address this issue. Sept. 20, 2021

Featured Video:
Unplugged- Ed Perlmutter

Members of Colorado’s Congressional Delegation are among those calling for investigations into the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan. They want to know, among other things, why the administration was caught so off guard by the takeover and what intelligence they had and when they had it.

“Americans want answers. Coloradans want answers. I want answers,” said Rep. Jason Crow, a former Army Ranger who served in Afghanistan.

He’s been calling for evacuations for months. The White House and intelligence community are pointing fingers at each other over who’s to blame.

“We have to make sure that we’re not to jump to conclusions, that we’re not trying to have a predetermined outcome… the United States Congress has an independent obligation to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch,” says Crow.

Summary

Current Position: US Representative for CO-07 since 2007
Affiliation: Democrat

Other positions:
Vice Chair, Rules and Organization of the House

Quote:
I appreciate the support of my colleagues. I’ve been talking for years about this serious public safety threat. Including #SAFEBanking in NDAA will help safeguard the financial system from illicit activity & protect Veterans. We cannot wait any longer to address this issue. Sept. 20, 2021

Featured Video:
Unplugged- Ed Perlmutter

News

Members of Colorado’s Congressional Delegation are among those calling for investigations into the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan. They want to know, among other things, why the administration was caught so off guard by the takeover and what intelligence they had and when they had it.

“Americans want answers. Coloradans want answers. I want answers,” said Rep. Jason Crow, a former Army Ranger who served in Afghanistan.

He’s been calling for evacuations for months. The White House and intelligence community are pointing fingers at each other over who’s to blame.

“We have to make sure that we’re not to jump to conclusions, that we’re not trying to have a predetermined outcome… the United States Congress has an independent obligation to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch,” says Crow.

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About

Ed Perlmutter 1

Source: Government page

Ed has deep roots in the 7th Congressional District and has lived in Jefferson County his entire life. His grandfather and father ran a concrete business (in what is now the 7th District) for decades. Ed attended Jefferson County public schools and then worked construction with his father during the summers while in law school at the University of Colorado. He chose to raise his family in the district where his three daughters also attended Jefferson County Public Schools. Ed currently lives in Arvada with his wife Nancy, a public school teacher, who also has three children who attended Jeffco public schools.

In 1994, Ed was elected to the Colorado State Senate as the first Democrat to hold the seat in nearly 30 years. He served two terms and garnered the reputation as a bipartisan bridge-builder and a champion of renewable energy and smart growth policies. In 2006, Ed was first elected to represent the 7th Congressional District in Congress and is currently serving in his seventh term.

Ed remains focused on representing the people of the 7th District and creating policies that give people the opportunity to pursue their own American dream. Ed believes working across the aisle to find common ground is critical for democracy and helps to better represent the individuals and families in his district and in Colorado. Specifically, Ed supports job growth by promoting energy independence by working with the Colorado School of Mines, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and other world-class private sector energy businesses as well as expanding Colorado’s role and economic development opportunities in the aerospace industry including the Orion manned space flight program and working on a long-term plan to get humans to Mars in 2033.

In the 117th Congress, Ed is proud to serve on four committees in the House: Financial Services; Science, Space and Technology; Rules; and the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress. On the Financial Services Committee, Ed serves as Chair of the Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions Subcommittee. Ed is also a member of the New Democrat Coalition which is focused on harnessing American ingenuity and innovation to create new jobs, greater economic prosperity and a safer and more secure future for our county.

Committees

In the 116th Congress, Ed is proud to serve on three committees:

Financial Services Subcommittees

  • Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions – Chair

Science, Space and Technology Subcommittees

  • Space and Aeronautics
  • Investigations and Oversight

Rules Subcommittee:

  • Rules and Organization of the House – Vice Chair

Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress

Caucuses

  •  Aerospace Caucus*
  • Cannabis Caucus
  • Gun Violence Prevention Task Force
  • Equality Caucus
  • Labor Caucus
  • NASA Caucus
  • National Parks Caucus
  • National Wildlife Refuge Caucus
  • New Dem Coalition
  • Olympic and Paralympic Caucus*
  • Pro-Choice Caucus
  • Science and National Labs Caucus
  • Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition
  • Climate Solutions Caucus

Sponsored Legislation

CONGRESS.GOV 

Experience

Work Experience

  • Colorado State Senate
    1995 to 2003

Education

Personal

Birth Year: 1953
Place of Birth: Denver, CO
Gender: Male
Race(s): Caucasian
Religion: Christian: Protestant
Spouse:  Nancy Perlmutter
Children: Zoe Perlmutter, Alexis Perlmutter, Abby Perlmutter

Contact

Email:

Offices

Washington D.C. Office
1226 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2645
Fax: (202) 225-5278

District Office
12600 West Colfax Avenue, Suite B-400
Lakewood, CO 80215
Phone: (303) 274-7944
Fax: (303) 274-6455

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Wikipedia entry

Edwin George Perlmutter (born May 1, 1953) is an American lawyer and politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Colorado’s 7th congressional district since 2007. A member of the Democratic Party, his district is located in the northern and western suburbs of the Denver metropolitan area. He previously served as the Colorado State Senator from the 20th district from 1995 to 2003.

Early life, education and career

Perlmutter was born in Denver, the son of Alice Love (née Bristow) and Leonard Michael Perlmutter on May 1, 1953.[1] His father was Jewish, the son of immigrants from Poland; his mother was Christian, and was of English and Irish descent.[2] Perlmutter describes himself as a Christian.[3][4][5][6] Perlmutter graduated from Jefferson High School in Edgewater, Colorado and went on to study political science, history, and economics at the University of Colorado at Boulder, graduating in 1975. He received his Juris Doctor at Colorado in 1978 where he was twice elected president of his class while working part-time as a laborer on construction projects.[citation needed]

Colorado Senate

Perlmutter was a Colorado State Senator from 1995 to 2003. He was elected to two four-year terms to represent central Jefferson County as State Senator from 1995 to 2003—the first Democrat elected in the district in 30 years.

In 2000, he helped lead a team that succeeded in securing a Democratic majority in the Colorado State Senate for the first time since John F. Kennedy was president. He has assisted numerous campaigns and most recently was co-chair of the Kerry Campaign in Colorado.[citation needed]

U.S. House of Representatives

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act

Since 2013, Perlmutter and Rep. Denny Heck have introduced legislation to improve access to banking and financial services for cannabis businesses.[12][13] Initially known as the Marijuana Business Access to Banking Act, it was rebranded as the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act in 2017.[14] On September 25, 2019, the House of Representatives passed the SAFE Banking Act by a 321–103 vote, marking the first time that a standalone cannabis reform bill had passed either chamber of Congress.[15][16] The SAFE Banking Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives once again on April 19, 2021 by a vote of 321 to 101.

Political campaigns

2006

Perlmutter won the Democratic nomination for the 7th district by defeating former State Representative Peggy Lamm and college professor Herb Rubenstein, with 53% of the vote in the primary. State education chairman Rick O’Donnell was unopposed for the Republican nomination. Dave Chandler, a Green, was also a candidate.

The seat was held by Republican Bob Beauprez, who was reelected to a second term in 2004 with 55% of the vote, after winning his first term by only 121 votes. He left the seat at the end of the 2004–2006 term, having failed in his bid to become Governor of Colorado.

In late September, O’Donnell was put on the defensive when ads appeared noting that he had previously supported abolishing Social Security. A Survey USA poll soon after that showed Perlmutter with a 54 to 37 percent lead, although GOP consultants guessed that the support was “soft”.[17] An October 4 poll released by Zogby showed Perlmutter ahead of O’Donnell by 45-34 percent.[18] Cook Political Report rating: Republican Toss Up. CQPolitics rating: No Clear Favorite.

In the end, Perlmutter (54%) soundly defeated O’Donnell (42%) for the congressional seat, helping Democrats to regain the majority in the U.S. House.

2008

Perlmutter won against Republican nominee John W. Lerew.[citation needed]

2010

Perlmutter defeated Republican nominee Ryan Frazier and Libertarian nominee Buck Bailey on November 2, 2010. The 7th Congressional district had been cited as a GOP target in 2010.[19]

2012

Perlmutter defeated Republican nominee Joe Coors Jr. on November 6, 2012. Perlmutter’s victory came despite new congressional boundaries that made his district 4 percent less Democratic. Perlmutter was ahead by 9 percentage points in Jefferson County, where 60 percent of the voters live. Perlmutter led Coors by 17 percentage points in Adams County, where 40 percent of the constituents in the newly drawn 7th district live.[20]

2014

Perlmutter defeated Republican nominee Don Ytterberg in the 2014 general election. He won with 55.1% of the vote.[21]

2016

Perlmutter defeated Republican nominee George Athanasopoulos and Libertarian nominee Martin L. Buchanan in the 2016 general election. He won with 55.18% of the vote.[22]

2018

On April 9, 2017, Perlmutter announced his candidacy for Governor of Colorado in the 2018 election.[23][24] On July 10, 2017, Perlmutter announced that he will drop out of the gubernatorial race and will not seek reelection to his congressional seat.[25] However, on August 21, 2017, he announced he had reversed his decision again and ran for reelection for his congressional seat.[26] He defeated Republican nominee Mark Barrington, winning re-election with 60.42% of the vote.

2020

Perlmutter defeated Republican nominee Casper Stockham, Libertarian nominee Ken Biles, and Unity nominee Dave Olszta in the 2020 general election. He won with 59.1% of the vote.

Personal life

Perlmutter has three children. He and his first wife Deana divorced in 2008. In November 2010, Perlmutter married Nancy Henderson.[27]
Nancy Perlmutter teaches mathematics and has three adult children.[citation needed] His uncle was Denver real estate developer, Jordon Perlmutter.[28]

References

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  2. ^ “Ancestry® | Genealogy, Family Trees & Family History Records”. freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com. Archived from the original on 2016-08-20. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  3. ^ Jeralyn Merritt (April 7, 2006). “An Interview With Ed Perlmutter”. 5280. Retrieved 2010-07-11.
  4. ^ “111th Congress – Meet The New Members | Legislator | US Representative Ed Perlmutter”. 111th.illumen.org. Archived from the original on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2010-07-11.
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  6. ^ “Archived copy”. Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2011-05-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ “Committee Membership | Financial Services Committee”. financialservices.house.gov.
  8. ^ “Subcommittee on National Security, International Development and Monetary Policy | Financial Services Committee”. financialservices.house.gov.
  9. ^ “Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations | Financial Services Committee”. financialservices.house.gov.
  10. ^ “Membership”. Select Committee on the Modernization on the Congress. U.S. House Of Representatives. Retrieved 7 October 2021.
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  12. ^ “SAFE Banking Act Introduced as Congress Looks to Address Cannabis Banking Issue” (Press release). Washington, D.C.: house.gov. March 7, 2019.
  13. ^ “Perlmutter, Heck Introduce Commonsense Marijuana Business Access to Banking Act” (Press release). Washington, D.C.: house.gov. July 10, 2013.
  14. ^ Wallace, Alicia (April 27, 2017). “New federal bill would allow banking for marijuana businesses”. The Cannabist. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  15. ^ “SAFE Banking Act Passes U.S. House of Representatives with Overwhelming, Bipartisan Support” (Press release). Washington, D.C.: house.gov. September 25, 2019.
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  18. ^ “Results in key House races: Reuters poll”. Washington Post. Reuters. 2006-10-04. Archived from the original on 2012-10-24.
  19. ^ Zeleny, Roger (2010-05-09). “Democrats See Hopes for West Dim in Colorado”. New York Times. Retrieved 10 May 2010.
  20. ^ Bartels, Lynn (2012-06-11). “Perlmutter wins fourth term, Coors tapped out in 7th district”. Denver Post. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  21. ^ “U.S. Representatives”. Colorado Secretary of State. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  22. ^ “Official Certified Results, November 8, 2016 General Election”. Colorado Secretary of State. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  23. ^ Marcus, Peter (March 23, 2017). “Ed Perlmutter expected to announce a run for governor”. ColoradoPolitics.com. Archived from the original on March 24, 2017. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
  24. ^ James Anderson (April 9, 2017). “Democratic congressman announces run for Colorado governor”. Associated Press. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
  25. ^ “Ed Perlmutter to announce that he is dropping out of governor’s race”. coloradopolitics.com. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  26. ^ Bunch, Joey (2018-08-21). “Perlmutter is back in congressional race, Moreno and Pettersen suspend campaigns”. Colorado Politics. Retrieved 2017-08-21.
  27. ^ “Perlmutters getting married on Friday”. Denver Post. 2010-11-25.
  28. ^ Westminster Window: “Longtime businessman Jordan Perlmutter helped develop Northglenn area” by Corrie Sahling December 14, 2015

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Claire Traylor
Member of the Colorado Senate
from the 20th district

1995–2003
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado’s 7th congressional district

2007–present
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Recent Elections

2018 US Representative

Ed Perlmutter (D)204,26060.4%
Mark Barrignton (R)119,73435.4%
Jennifer Nackerud (L)14,0124.1%
TOTAL338,006

Source: Ballotpedia

Finances

PERLMUTTER, EDWIN G (ED) has run in 7 races for public office, winning 6 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $11,773,743.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

House Committee on Rules
House Committee on Financial Services
House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

Subcommittees

Rules and Organization of the House
National Security, International Development and Monetary Policy
Oversight and Investigations
Space and Aeronautics

Voting Record

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New Legislation

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Issues

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Since taking office in 2007, Ed has served on the Financial Services Committee and has sat on a variety of Subcommittees including Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises, Monetary Policy and Trade, and Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, and is now the Ranking Democratic Member on Terrorism and Illicit Finance. Ed has a strong record of standing up for consumers and supports hardworking Coloradans by helping secure a better future for themselves and their families.

Protecting Consumers

Ed worked to secure passage of the historic Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act which holds Wall Street and big banks more accountable and protects our country from another financial crisis. Most importantly, Dodd-Frank established the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) which restores accountability and responsibility to American taxpayers and protects consumers. CFPB’s enforcement actions have already resulted in $554 million paid in civil penalties and these funds can be distributed to consumers as a result of those predatory practices. In addition, payday lenders are now under federal supervision for the first time – protecting the 12 million consumers who take out payday loans every year.

Combatting Terrorism and Crime

As the ranking member on the Terrorism and Illicit Finance Subcommittee, Ed is working to combat terrorism and crime by stopping their flow of funding. This subcommittee has jurisdiction over several offices within the Department of the Treasury working to disrupt terrorist funding networks. In response to escalating tensions with North Korea, Ed helped introduce legislation to impose strict secondary sanctions against North Korea financial institutions.

Support for Small, Minority and Women-Owned Businesses

Ed played an active role in the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) to help companies efficiently access capital markets while preserving important investor protections. As a long-time advocate for business, Ed worked on establishing crowdfunding portals and reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank which helps small businesses in the 7th Congressional District export their products overseas. Ed also helped establish the new United States Patent and Trademark Office, a satellite location in Denver which helps local businesses obtain patents for new products.

Access to Banking

Ed is leading the way to resolve the banking crisis marijuana-related businesses are facing with the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act. By updating federal banking laws and regulations to resolve conflicts between federal and state laws, the legislation allows marijuana-related businesses to access the banking system, ensuring these businesses do not have to operate on a cash-only basis. Allowing tightly regulated marijuana businesses the ability to access the banking system significantly reduces the public safety threat. Similar companion legislation was introduced in the Senate and continues to garner bipartisan support.

Making Government Work More Efficiently
Ed drafted and helped get signed into law bipartisan legislation (H.R. 5062) that clarifies the sharing of information between federal and state regulators that license, supervise or examine consumer financial products or services. This provides greater assurances to consumer lenders and helps to reduce regulatory burdens by ensuring the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), state banking agencies and nonbank agencies coordinate examination schedules.

Making Housing More Affordable and Accessible

Ed has long sought to provide regulatory relief to Public Housing Authorities so they can better serve the needs of the most vulnerable. That is why Ed led the way on passing the Tenant Income Verification Relief Act allowing tenants on a fixed income to have their income certified and/or verified once every three years rather than annually. As more streamlined process helps to reduce the burdens placed on tenants for purposes of determining their eligibility for certain Federal assistance housing programs, including seniors and those on a fixed income.

Civil Rights

Equal Rights

All Americans should be able to work, get an education, and participate in their communities without experiencing discrimination. Ed believes everyone should receive equal pay for equal work. That’s why Ed voted for both the Paycheck Fairness Act and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to close the wage gender gap.

Ed hailed the long overdue Supreme Court’s decision recognizing same-sex marriage, and continues to support legislation recognizing same-sex couples and their right to receive federal Social Security benefits. Ed is working toward sustaining the progress we have made on these issues and addressing new inequities that impact our communities.

Democracy

Campaign Finance Reform

The Citizens United decision, which Ed believes is the worst decision in recent history, increased how corporate interests influence campaigns and elections. It is time we clean up the system. Ed supports overturning Citizens United and believes that corporations are not people in our political system. We need to empower Congress to regulate and set reasonable limits on the raising and spending of money by candidates and others to influence elections. Ed has also supported recent efforts to increase transparency by asking regulatory agencies to require the true sponsor of political advertisements be disclosed as well as requiring public companies to report their political activities to shareholders.

Economy

Jobs & Economy

Ed understands employer and employee issues and has a strong record of standing up for working families, small businesses, supporting pay equity, and preventing U.S. jobs from being lost overseas. While the economy continues to improve in many areas, Ed believes we need to make sure everyone feels the benefits of the growing economy including families so they can afford their mortgage, pay for college, and save for retirement. Ed also believes we need to make sure growth pays its way here in Colorado as more and more people are starting to feel the effects of growth in our state with increased congestion and unaffordable housing.

Ed believes our tax code should be reformed in a simple and fair way which is more conducive for economic growth. He did not support the Republican tax bill in December 2017 because it cuts taxes for the wealthy and corporations, leaving higher taxes for the hardworking people in the middle. We need to make critical investments in our infrastructure, housing, seniors and education but the Republican tax bill will explode the debt in the name of tax cuts for the wealthy.

Ed was one of a small group of Members of Congress called the “Brave 38” to vote for the Simpson-Bowles alternative budget amendment, showing his commitment and willingness to seriously tackle this country’s rising debt.

Education

K-12 Education

A strong start in our educational system helps ensure a bright future for our children and nation. Ed believes we must invest in our public education system so every child has the opportunity to live the American dream. Ed voted for the Every Child Succeeds Act (ESSA) because he believes it is a step in the right direction. ESSA is still being implemented and states are in the process of finding their own ways to follow ESSA guidelines to best serve their students. ESSA emphasized early education and provides better access to high-quality preschools. Ed supports robust, flexible funding and grant programs enabling schools to provide invaluable learning opportunities as well as a passion for engaging students in STEM fields and expanding STEM programs and classroom opportunities.

Student Loan Debt

Ed believes higher education is a critical component of our ability to remain globally competitive. Ed supports increasing the level of available Pell grants, reducing student loan interest rates, and other initiatives to make higher education more affordable and accessible for everyone. Ed has cosponsored policy proposals to reduce the student debt burden, including increasing the maximum tax deduction for interest paid on any qualified education loan and to allow borrowers to refinance their federal loans to the lowest available interest rate. He also supports programs that repay student loans in exchange for service to the community.

Environment

Energy/ Environment

Ed supports a balanced, all-of-the-above energy plan which includes responsibly developing fossil fuels while investing in clean energy like wind, solar, biofuels, geothermal, and other renewable energy sources. The 7th Congressional District is home to the National Renewable Energy Lab which is the world’s premier lab on the forefront of energy efficiency and developing clean and renewable energy technologies. Ed believes we must reduce the serious threat of climate change by promoting and incentivizing energy efficiency measures and decreasing our dependence on fossil fuels. Promoting energy independence will unleash American technological innovation, research and development, create jobs, and strengthen our national security.

Ed also believes we need to protect public and private lands to preserve them for future generations. Federal lands needs to remain under federal protection and everyone should have access to our national parks, national monuments, and national wildlife refuges.

Health Care

Health Care

Ed believes healthcare is a right, and that medical decisions should be in the hands of patients, families, and their doctors. He supports the Affordable Care Act and the critical insurance coverage it brings to millions of Americans. The ACA means insurance companies can no longer deny access to affordable insurance coverage to millions of people with preexisting conditions. In Colorado and across the country, the Affordable Care Act is improving and enhancing the health of America’s families. Ed believes we should continue to improve the ACA to address the medical needs of Coloradans and preserve access to affordable, quality healthcare.

To that end, Ed recently cosponsored legislation to provide Americans ages 50-64 the option to buy into Medicare while helping to stabilize the ACA marketplaces and reduce overall costs within the healthcare system. Ed has also been working to improve transparency in healthcare pricing. Ed believes every doctor’s office and provider of healthcare should be required to publish the price of all their services so no individual or family can be surprised by huge medical bills.

Immigration

Immigration

Throughout America’s history, our nation’s values and founding principles have been a beacon of hope for millions of immigrants striving to live in freedom. Ed’s ancestors, like most Americans, were immigrants who came to America seeking a better life. To this day, those same principles continue to draw people to our country.

Ed opposes the dangerous rhetoric on immigration coming out of this Administration. Ed has pushed for comprehensive immigration reform since his first day in office, and believes there is bipartisan support among the American people and in Congress to pass true comprehensive immigration reform. The time is now to move forward to fix the system, create American jobs, lower our deficit, strengthen our borders and give millions of undocumented Americans an earned pathway to citizenship.

Due to inaction on comprehensive immigration reform, we have seen the Trump Administration repeal the DACA program, implement a discriminatory travel ban, and enact a cruel “zero-tolerance” policy resulting in thousands of immigrant families being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. Tearing families apart is outrageous, and Ed is doing everything he can to put pressure on the Trump Administration to reunite immigrant families as quickly and as safely as possible. Ed also continues to support the DREAM Act for young people who came to the country through no fault of their own and are Americans in every way except legal status.

Infrastructure

Infrastructure

With many Coloradans feeling the squeeze of a growing economy and increased congestion, Ed believes we need a comprehensive infrastructure package in Colorado and across the country. Investments in infrastructure are a key component to our national economic growth. Addressing infrastructure means going beyond just roads and bridges and investing in all sorts of infrastructure in our communities, including transit, water projects, the electric grid, broadband and more.

The time is long overdue for Congress to address infrastructure in a bipartisan way with real investments in our communities to make a difference in the lives of hardworking families. This is an area of agreement between Democrats and Republicans, which is why Ed remains hopeful Congress can work with the President to pass a package this year.

A key component of any package Congress passes must be substantial federal funding to jumpstart other state, local, or innovative private financing. Ed is a supporter of proposals to create an infrastructure bank to provide loans to fund infrastructure projects. He also supports increased federal funding for the Highway Trust Fund and modernization of how we sustainably fund infrastructure moving forward.

Transportation

Transportation funding for roads, bridges and transit largely come from federal sources. This has included funding for projects important to the 7th Congressional District such as the US-36 Express Lanes Project, the I-25 Managed Lanes Project, and RTD FasTracks’ expansion. As a part of these and other projects, Ed supports including better options for pedestrians and bicyclists. These are important to creating an integrated transportation system with multimodal transportation options for Front Range residents.

In 2015, Congress passed and Ed supported the bipartisan Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. This bill reauthorized our surface transportation programs for five years and provided guaranteed funding for highway, transit, and transportation safety programs including more than $3.4 billion in direct highway and transit formula funds for Colorado. It also provides certainty for CDOT, RTD, and local communities to help create jobs, repair our aging infrastructure, improve public transit, and strengthen our economy. Ed continues to support efforts to ensure the Highway Trust Fund becomes solvent to help guarantee these needed transportation investments in our communities.

It is clear additional investment in repairing our outdated infrastructure is necessary.  Ed supports efforts to fund new transportation, transit, water, and other infrastructure projects so communities in Colorado can reduce congestion and improve quality of life.

Train Horn Noise
Railroads once helped transform Denver into a bustling American city. Today, railroads are still an important mode of transportation for freight and goods in addition to passenger transportation. Unfortunately for those who live near a railroad, trains sound their horns loudly as they travel through railway crossings. Ed has worked with communities impacted by train horn noise to try to mitigate the impact of the noise through activation of quiet zones. Yet these quiet zones often require significant safety upgrades to railway crossings and have become cost-prohibitive. As a part of the FAST Act, Ed authored an amendment requiring the Government Accountability Office to conduct a study of train horn noise. Through increased pressure from Colorado’s congressional delegation, the Federal Railroad Administration is now working to modernize their rules and account for innovative technologies to ease the burden on local communities.

Safety

Gun Violence Prevention

Gun violence has impacted too many families and communities in Colorado. Ed respects the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans and believes we can make common sense reforms to our country’s gun laws to make gun violence less easy, less frequent and less deadly.

As Vice-Chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, Ed supports requiring universal background checks, strengthening the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) database, reinstating the federal ban on assault weapons, ensuring federal research into causes of gun violence, and specific legislation such as “No Fly, No Buy” and a ban on bump stocks and other devices which enable semiautomatic assault rifles to function as fully automatic weapons. In addition, Ed has introduced legislation to close the gaps in current federal gun policy by clarifying and expanding existing federal prohibitors related to mental health, substance abuse, history of violence, and other risk factors.

Housing

Stable and affordable housing provides opportunities for working families in Colorado to maintain a job, provide for their family, and have a place they can call home. As population and housing costs have increased across the metro region, Ed continues to work at the federal level to ensure accessible and affordable housing options are available for all Coloradans.

Since being elected to Congress, Ed has served on the House Financial Services Committee which has jurisdiction over many issues including housing programs such as Public Housing and all HUD programs. In recent years, he has sought to provide regulatory relief to Public Housing Authorities so they can better serve the needs of the most vulnerable while still ensuring accountability. Ed championed the Tenant Income Verification Relief Act which was signed into law on in 2015. In addition, Ed has worked to help secure a “Sustainable Community Initiative” grant worth $4.5 million for DRCOG to develop the Metro Denver region’s long-range plan for growth and development. Ed continues to support federal housing programs such as: Low-Income Housing Tax Credits; New Markets Tax Credits; Community Development Block Grants (CDBG); HOME Investment Partnership Funds; efforts to fund the Housing Trust Fund; and Self-Sufficiency Programs to help constituents succeed on their own.

In 2014, Ed was recognized as “Legislator of the Year” for his contributions and support for affordable housing by the Colorado chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO).

Social Security

Seniors

Colorado has one of the fastest growing senior populations in the country. Ed strongly believes we need to keep our promise to today’s seniors and tomorrow’s retirees to maintain Social Security. Ed supports protecting social security and Medicare and recognizes the impact these programs have on seniors. We need to update the Older Americans Act to reflect the current medical and other needs of seniors. He opposes “privatization” or private accounts for Social Security and supports adjusting the cap on payroll taxes and further investigation to identify ways to keep Social Security solvent. In order to serve the changing demographic in our district, Ed hosts Senior Resource Fairs to connect seniors, family members, and caretakers with non-profit organizations, government programs, and resources in the community.

Veterans

Veterans And The New VA Medical Center

Since taking office in 2007, one of Ed’s biggest priorities has been completion of the new VA Medical Center in Aurora. The new VA Medical Facility was plagued by problems for more than a decade, but the facility is now open and offering world-class services to Veterans across the Rocky Mountain region. Ed helped lead the Colorado delegation’s efforts to change the construction team on the project and fully fund completion of the facility. Ed continues to monitor the operations of the facility to ensure our Veterans receive the care they need and deserve.

Ed has also worked to put Veterans back to work when they return and ensure they receive the benefits they earned through their service to our country. Ed supports protecting and strengthening the post-9/11 GI Bill to ensure Veterans have access to their education and housing benefits and that DOD and the VA are collaborating on how to transition Veterans back home. Ed has also supported resources and legislative reforms to reduce the disability claim backlog. When Veterans are injured during their service, it’s our responsibility to get them the benefits they are owed.

In 2017, Ed held eight Vietnam War 50th Commemoration ceremonies and honored nearly 900 Vietnam-era Veterans in Colorado. Click here for more information.

Aerospace

Ed’s number one aerospace priority is to secure a long-term plan from NASA to ensure it has the funding and resources necessary to land humans on Mars by 2033. This requires an all-hands-on-deck approach and will require new technologies and new capabilities we’ve only dreamed of which will create good-paying jobs and benefit us all back on Earth. Some of our nation’s other aerospace projects are being developed right here in Colorado including JPSS-1 and the GOES weather satellites to improve the accuracy of our weather forecasting models, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) project to analyze Mars’ upper atmosphere, the Dream Chaser spacecraft to deliver cargo to the International Space Station, and Orion multipurpose crew vehicle which is going to take our astronauts deeper and farther into space than we have ever imagined are coming straight out of Colorado. Ed is working hard to advance these priorities vital for Colorado’s aerospace economy and continued space exploration.

Foreign Affairs

Russia – In January 2017, the U.S. intelligence community confirmed the Russian government took steps to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. This action by a foreign nation is unprecedented and attempts to undermine the founding pillars of American democracy. Ed supports former FBI Director Robert Mueller’s appointment as special counsel to investigate the full impact of Russia’s influence in our election. Ed believes Americans deserve nothing less than an independent and thorough investigation.

ISIS – ISIS is a serious threat. The United States continues to take the fight to ISIS by destroying their capabilities and combating extremism abroad. We have the most robust and capable counterterrorism capabilities in the world and are working with our international allies to disrupt terrorist cells abroad and at home. Whether it is screening refugees, sustaining airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, utilizing U.S. Special Forces or cutting off revenue streams, the U.S. is working hard to degrade and destroy ISIS capabilities.

North Korea – Ed has serious concerns about escalating tensions with North Korea. North Korea’s recent missile launches and nuclear tests pose a direct threat to our national and global security. The international community must be united in its approach in dealing with North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile program. Ed believes we need to enhance U.S. diplomatic efforts throughout East Asia by empowering the State Department to work with our partners in the region and throughout the world.

Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – Ed supports the Iran Nuclear Nonproliferation Agreement negotiated by the United States, Germany, China, United Kingdom, France, Russia, the European Union, and Iran. The U.S. and its international partners have committed to a diplomatic solution that reduces and limits Iran’s ability to develop or manufacture nuclear weapons and is in America’s best interests. This Agreement has reduced nuclear tensions in the Middle East and made our friend and ally, Israel, safer and less prone to nuclear conflict with Iran. The International Atomic Energy Agency has confirmed Iran is complying with the terms of the JCPOA. Ed will continue to support this deal and will not support any legislation that could terminate the agreement.

Israel – Ed has always advocated for a strong U.S.-Israeli relationship and has supported full aid to Israel. Congress has taken measures to strengthen Israel’s security from hostile regional players and provides Israel with annual FMF grants which represent about 21% of their annual defense budget. Ed has also long advocated for a two-state solution and for Israel and Palestine to co-exist peacefully. He believes the best way to advance a two-state solution is through direct, bilateral negotiations requiring willing partners on both sides.

Cuba Relations – Ed joined President Obama on his historic trip to Cuba in March of 2016 – the first visit by a sitting President in 88 years. Ed saw firsthand how Cuban citizens want to normalize relations with the U.S. As a relic of the Cold War, Ed continues to support lifting the trade embargo to begin the process of building trust and openness among our two countries because the current policy is outdated.

 

 

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