Yadira D. Caraveo (born December 23, 1980) is an American politician and pediatrician serving as a Democratic member of the Colorado House of Representatives from the 31st district. Elected in 2018, she assumed office on January 4, 2019. The district is located entirely in Adams County. She is the Democratic nominee for Colorado’s 8th congressional district in the 2022 election.[1]

Early life and education

Caraveo was born in Colorado to Mexican immigrant parents who arrived undocumented in the 1970s. She volunteered for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign while in medical school.[2] She received her bachelor’s degree from Regis University and later her medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine with a Doctor of Medicine degree.[3] Caraveo completed a residency in pediatrics at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center,[4] where she was also involved with the Committee of Interns and Residents union for resident physicians.[5]

Colorado House of Representatives

Along with being a state legislator for part of the year, Caraveo is also a pediatrician practicing in Thornton, Colorado.[3] She has also served on the Board of Trustees for the Anythink Library system in Adams County since 2017.[6]

Election

Caraveo was elected in the general election on November 6, 2018, winning 55 percent of the vote over 39 percent of Republican candidate Rico Figueroa.[7]

Tenure

Caraveo sponsored a bill giving free contraceptives and reproductive care to undocumented immigrants, citing studies showing the program lowers maternal mortality and infant mortality rates.[8] She sponsored a bill that would put an age requirement on some cannabis products, require coroners to conduct a THC test for all “unnatural deaths”, and put a cap on potency levels in products.[9] The bill was controversial, Caraveo argued it would stop younger people from getting addicted to cannabis and opponents argued testing would be racially-motivated.[10][11] The bill was co-sponsored by Republican members of the legislature and disavowed by Democratic House Speaker Alec Garnett.[12]

Committees

During the 73rd general assembly, Caraveo serves on the following committees:[13]

  • Health & Insurance (Vice Chair)
  • Education

2022 U.S. House election

On August 24, 2021, Caraveo announced her candidacy for Colorado’s 8th congressional district.[14] She was endorsed by former Colorado Speaker of the House KC Becker, State Senator Faith Winter, State Senator Jessie Danielson, and others.[15] On April 5, 2022, Caraveo secured the Democratic nomination.[1] If elected, she would be the first Latina member of the U.S. Congress from Colorado.[16]

References

  1. ^ a b Fish, Sandra. “Yadira Caraveo secures Democratic nomination in Colorado’s highly competitive 8th Congressional District”. Colorado Sun. Retrieved April 7, 2022.
  2. ^ Jordan, Mary; Balz, Dan (November 2, 2018). “The faces of women in the 2018 midterms”. Washington Post. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  3. ^ a b “Colorado House District 31 candidate Q&A”. The Denver Post. October 10, 2018. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  4. ^ “Yadira Caraveo, MD”. Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. Retrieved May 4, 2022.
  5. ^ Frieden, Joyce (January 1, 2022). “Healthcare, Reproductive Rights a Big Part of Pediatrician’s Congressional Campaign”. Medpage Today. Retrieved May 4, 2022.
  6. ^ “Yadira Caraveo appointed to Anythink Board of Trustees”. www.anythinklibraries.org. March 20, 2017. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  7. ^ “Colorado Election Results – Election Results 2018 – The New York Times”. nytimes.com. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  8. ^ Nieberg, Patty (May 26, 2021). “Colorado bill would give free contraceptives to immigrants”. AP News. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  9. ^ Birkeland, Bente (April 27, 2021). “Concerns Over Teens And High Potency Marijuana Have No Easy Answers At Statehouse”. Colorado Public Radio. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  10. ^ Birkeland, Bente (May 14, 2021). “Bill That Would Restrict Teen Marijuana Use Is Now At The Capitol”. Colorado Public Radio. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  11. ^ Paul, Jesse (February 10, 2021). “Colorado’s marijuana industry flexed its big muscles and now an effort to limit pot potency is unraveling”. The Colorado Sun. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  12. ^ Burness, Alex (February 4, 2021). “A Colorado Democrat wants to cap THC levels in marijuana products at 15%”. The Denver Post. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  13. ^ “Colorado General Assembly: Yadira Caraveo”. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  14. ^ Paul, Jesse (August 24, 2021). “The first established politician has jumped into the race for Colorado’s new 8th Congressional District”. The Colorado Sun. Retrieved August 24, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. ^ Luning, Ernest (August 31, 2021). “Dem congressional candidate Yadira Caraveo picks up endorsements from lawmakers”. Colorado Springs Gazette. Retrieved September 1, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. ^ Luning, Ernest (August 31, 2021). “Dem congressional candidate Yadira Caraveo picks up endorsements from lawmakers”. Colorado Politics. Retrieved September 1, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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