Yadira D. Caraveo (/jəˈdɪərə kɛərəˈv/ yə-DEER-ə kair-ə-VAY-oh; born December 23, 1980) is an American politician and pediatrician serving as the U.S. representative for Colorado’s 8th congressional district since 2023.[1][2] A Democrat, she is Colorado‘s first Latina member of Congress.[3][4]

Caraveo represented the 31st district in the Colorado House of Representatives from 2019 to 2023. The district covered parts of Adams and Weld counties.

Early life and education

Caraveo was born in Denver to Mexican undocumented parents who arrived in the 1970s but were granted amnesty under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. She volunteered for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign while in medical school.[5] She received her bachelor’s degree from Regis University and later her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine.[6] Caraveo completed a residency in pediatrics at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center,[7] where she was also involved with the Committee of Interns and Residents union for resident physicians.[8]

Colorado House of Representatives

During her tenure as a state legislator, Caraveo was also a pediatrician practicing in Thornton, Colorado.[6] She has also served on the board of trustees for the Anythink Library system in Adams County since 2017.[9]

Caraveo in the Colorado House of Representatives

Election

Caraveo was elected in the general election on November 6, 2018, winning 55% of the vote to Republican nominee Rico Figueroa’s 39%.[10]

Tenure

Caraveo sponsored a bill giving free contraceptives and reproductive care to illegal immigrants, citing studies showing that the program lowers maternal mortality and infant mortality rates.[11] 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.[12] Caraveo argued the bill would stop younger people from getting addicted to cannabis, while opponents argued testing would be racially motivated.[13][14] The bill was co-sponsored by Republican members of the legislature and disavowed by Democratic House Speaker Alec Garnett.[15] She was the lead sponsor of a sex education law that prohibited abstinence-only curriculum and required schools to teach students about consent.[16]

Committees

During the 73rd general assembly, Caraveo served on the following committees:[17]

  • Health & Insurance (Vice Chair)
  • Education

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2022

On August 24, 2021, Caraveo announced her candidacy for Colorado’s 8th congressional district.[18] She was endorsed by former Colorado Speaker of the House KC Becker, State Senator Faith Winter, State Senator Jessie Danielson, and others.[19] On April 5, 2022, Caraveo secured the Democratic nomination.[20] On November 9, 2022, Caraveo defeated Republican nominee Barbara Kirkmeyer in the general election, becoming Colorado’s first Latina member of Congress.[21][22]

Committee assignments

For the 118th Congress:[23]

Personal life

Caraveo is Roman Catholic.[24][25]

Electoral history

Electoral history of Yadira Caraveo
YearOfficePartyPrimaryGeneralResultSwingRef.
Total%P.Total%P.
2018State HouseDemocratic6,049100.0%1st16,24255.02%1stWonHold[26]
2020Democratic9,677100.0%1st27,687100.0%1stWonHold[27]
2022U.S. HouseDemocratic38,837100.0%1st114,37748.36%1stWonWin[28]
Source: Secretary of State of Colorado | Election Results

See also

References

  1. ^ Rakich, Nathaniel (November 10, 2022). “2022 Midterm Elections: Live Results And Latest Updates”. FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved November 14, 2022.
  2. ^ Woodruff, Chase (November 9, 2022). “Democrat Caraveo upsets GOP’s Kirkmeyer to win new 8th Congressional District seat in Colorado”. Colorado Newsline. Retrieved November 14, 2022.
  3. ^ “Latino voters make the difference, elect Dr. Yadira Caraveo as Colorado’s first Latina in Congress”. Al Día News. Retrieved November 10, 2022.
  4. ^ Fish, Sandra (November 14, 2022). “How Yadira Caraveo, used to being an underdog, became the first Latina from Colorado elected to Congress”. The Colorado Sun. Retrieved November 15, 2022.
  5. ^ Jordan, Mary; Balz, Dan (November 2, 2018). “The faces of women in the 2018 midterms”. The Washington Post. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  6. ^ a b “Colorado House District 31 candidate Q&A”. The Denver Post. October 10, 2018. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  7. ^ “Yadira Caraveo, MD”. Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. Retrieved May 4, 2022.
  8. ^ Frieden, Joyce (January 1, 2022). “Healthcare, Reproductive Rights a Big Part of Pediatrician’s Congressional Campaign”. Medpage Today. Retrieved May 4, 2022.
  9. ^ “Yadira Caraveo appointed to Anythink Board of Trustees”. anythinklibraries.org. March 20, 2017. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  10. ^ “Colorado Election Results – Election Results 2018 – The New York Times”. The New York Times. November 6, 2018. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  11. ^ Nieberg, Patty (May 26, 2021). “Colorado bill would give free contraceptives to immigrants”. Associated Press. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ Birkeland, Bente (May 14, 2021). “Bill That Would Restrict Teen Marijuana Use Is Now At The Capitol”. Colorado Public Radio. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ Birkeland, Bente. “Colorado CD 8: Yadira Caraveo — what to know”. Colorado Public Radio. Retrieved December 27, 2022.
  17. ^ “Colorado General Assembly: Yadira Caraveo”. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ Luning, Ernest (August 31, 2021). “Dem congressional candidate Yadira Caraveo picks up endorsements from lawmakers”. The Gazette. Colorado Springs. Retrieved September 1, 2021.
  20. ^ Fish, Sandra (April 6, 2022). “Yadira Caraveo secures Democratic nomination in Colorado’s highly competitive 8th Congressional District”. Colorado Sun. Retrieved April 7, 2022.
  21. ^ Luning, Ernest (August 31, 2021). “Dem congressional candidate Yadira Caraveo picks up endorsements from lawmakers”. Colorado Politics. Retrieved September 1, 2021.
  22. ^ Paul, Jesse (November 9, 2022). “Democrat Yadira Caraveo wins close race in Colorado’s new 8th Congressional District”. The Colorado Sun. Retrieved November 13, 2022.
  23. ^ “Yadira Caraveo”. Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. Retrieved April 16, 2023.
  24. ^ “Religious affiliation of members of 118th Congress” (PDF). PEW Research Center. Retrieved May 13, 2023.
  25. ^ “Faith on the Hill: The religious composition of the 118th Congress”. Pew Research Center. Retrieved March 6, 2023.
  26. ^ “2018 Abstract of Votes Cast” (PDF). Denver: Secretary of State of Colorado. 2018. pp. 74, 116. Retrieved April 14, 2023.
  27. ^ “2020 Abstract of Votes Cast” (PDF). Denver: Secretary of State of Colorado. 2020. pp. 75, 115. Retrieved April 14, 2023.
  28. ^ Primary election:

    General election:

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