Brittany Pettersen (born 1981) is an American politician serving as a member of the Colorado Senate from the 22nd district. Previously, she served in the Colorado House of Representatives, representing the 28th district. She is a member of the Democratic Party. Pettersen is the Democratic nominee for Colorado’s 7th congressional district in the 2022 election.


Pettersen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the Metropolitan State University of Denver.[1]


Before running for state representative, Pettersen worked for New Era Colorado, a non-profit progressive political advocacy group that works to increase youth participation in politics and the government process.[2][3]

2013 legislative session

In 2013, Pettersen opposed a repeal of the death penalty in Colorado.[4]

2018 congressional election

On April 9, 2017, following Ed Perlmutter‘s announcement that he was running for governor of Colorado, Pettersen announced her candidacy for Colorado’s 7th congressional district.[5] However, after Perlmutter’s announcement to reenter the congressional race, she ended her campaign.[6] In 2018, Pettersen ran for and won Colorado Senate District 22.

2019 recall effort

In July 2019, the Colorado secretary of state approved the circulation of a recall petition against Petterson. The organizers of the recall had until September 16, 2019, to gather 18,376 signatures to put the recall question on the ballot, but on September 10 they announced that they were abandoning the recall effort and not turning in any signatures.[7][8] The recall petition stated that Petterson should be recalled because she supports taxpayer-funded heroin-injection sites, and because she supported SB 19-042 (the National Popular Vote bill), SB 19-181 (Comprehensive Oil and Gas Reform), HB 19-1032 (Comprehensive Human Sexuality Education), and HB 19-1177 (the Red Flag bill that allows a judge to prohibit an individual from possessing a firearm).[9]

2022 congressional election

After Ed Perlmutter announced that he would retire from the United States House of Representatives after the 2022 legislative session, Pettersen declared her candidacy for Colorado’s 7th congressional district.[10][11]

Personal life

In 2017, Pettersen married Ian Silverii, the executive director of ProgressNow Colorado, at the Colorado Governor’s Mansion.[12] Pettersen and Silverii have one child, a son, born in 2020.[13]


  1. ^ “Brittany Pettersen’s Biography”. Vote Smart. Archived from the original on January 13, 2022. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  2. ^ “Archived copy”. Archived from the original on February 28, 2013. Retrieved July 1, 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ “New Era Colorado”. Retrieved February 23, 2022.
  4. ^ Stokols, Eli (March 26, 2013). “Death penalty repeal effort blocked by two Democrats”. Fox 31 Denver. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
  5. ^ “Archived copy”. Archived from the original on April 12, 2017. Retrieved April 13, 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Paul, Jesse (August 21, 2017). “Brittany Pettersen ends her congressional campaign”. Retrieved January 22, 2021.
  7. ^ “Recall Petitions”. Colorado Secretary of State. State of Colorado. 2019. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  8. ^ Staver, Anna (September 10, 2019). “2 more recall campaigns against Colorado Democrats fail”. The Denver Post. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  9. ^ “Recall statement of grounds” (PDF). Colorado Secretary of State. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  10. ^ Luning, Ernest. “Democrat Brittany Pettersen launches bid for 7th CD seat held by retiring US Rep. Ed Perlmutter”. Colorado Politics. Archived from the original on January 11, 2022. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  11. ^ “Brittany Pettersen is running for the Colorado congressional seat being vacated by Ed Perlmutter”. The Colorado Sun. January 11, 2022. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  12. ^ Luning, Ernest (July 1, 2017). “State Rep. Brittany Pettersen and ProgressNow’s Ian Silverii get married at Colorado governor’s mansion”. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  13. ^ Birkeland, Bente. “The First Time A Colorado Lawmaker Gave Birth During Session Wasn’t Last Sunday, It Was Decades Ago”. Colorado Public Radio. Retrieved January 13, 2022.

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