Democrats in the Colorado State House

Representative Susan Lontine | House District 1

Elected in November of 2014 Representative Lontine formerly worked for Rep. Jeanne Labuda and as Chief of Staff to Sen. Irene Aguilar. She currently represents Colorado's first district on the Health, Insurance, & Environment committee as well as the State, Veterans, & Military Affairs committee.

Representative Alec Garnett | House District 2

Representative Garnett begins his first term in 2015. The Colorado native has previously served as the Executive Director of the Colorado Democratic Party as well as a senior legislative assistant to both Congressman Ed Perlmutter and New Jersey Congressman John Adler. He currently sits on the House Business, Affairs, & Labor committee as well as the House Education committee and the House finance Committee.

Representative Jeff Bridges | House DIstrict 3

Representative Bridges has worked with Coloradans from the Eastern Plains, the Western Slope, the San Luis Valley, and all along the Front Range. Has a deep local roots and a unique perspective on the challenges faced by those from across all of Colorado, and also has a master’s degree in divinity so he knows how to bring people together around their shared values. He will build the diverse coalitions we need to pass legislation that will move our local community forward.

Representative Dan Pabon | House District 4

In 2014 Dan Pabon was elected to his third term in the Colorado State House representing the community he grew up in, Northwest Denver. He is a respected member of the House Leadership and is responsible for a number of signature bills supporting business growth, education and innovation.

Representative Crisanta Duran | House District 5

Representative Crisanta Duran is a proud native of Colorado. Rep. Duran's family has owned a ranch just West of Trinidad going back six generations. Rep. Duran credits her parents for instilling the importance of public service in her from a very early age - to making a difference by encouraging economic opportunity and access to the American dream.

Representative Chris Hansen | House District 6

In the community Rep. Hansen served on several boards and have volunteered with a variety of organizations, including the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation Board Executive Committee, the Colorado Energy Coalition as Co-Chair, the Central City Opera Board Executive Committee, Denver Kids Mentoring Program, and the UC-Denver Business School Advisory Board, he believe service to be more than an action; it’s a calling.

Representative James Coleman | House District 7

James is a passionate champion for excellent education and quality options. It’s driven by his formative years growing up in the Park Hill neighborhood and experiencing the full range of educational options. He attended Smiley Middle School, a traditional Denver Public School. Later, through a need-based scholarship, he attended a private high school. And as a parent, he sends his own young children to a public charter school in Northeast Denver. He understands that different students and families have different needs, and every parent deserves the opportunity to choose the school that works best for their child. James serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors at Highline Academy, a tuition-free public charter school with a custom liberal arts curriculum and rigorous academic program.

Representative Leslie Herod | House District 8

From Leslie's earliest memories of her mother’s public service to her leadership roles in college, the State Capitol, and the philanthropic community, Leslie has both demonstrated an unwavering commitment to public service and gained the experience necessary to be a highly effective public servant. Leslie wants to put her experience and passion for community service to work on behalf of District 8.

Representative Paul Rosenthal | House District 9

Representative Paul Rosenthal was elected in 2012 to represent southeast Denver’s House District 9. As he begins his second term he serves on the Local Government committee as well as the Business, Labor, Economic & Workforce Development Committee. In January Rep. Rosenthal was appointed to the Tourism Office Board of Directors by Speaker Hullinghorst.

During the 2013 legislative session, Rep. Rosenthal was the prime sponsor of legislation allowing drivers to use their cell phones and other mobile devices to present evidence of insurance coverage to law enforcement officers during traffic stops.

Representative Edie Hooton | House District 10

Edie has been committed to progressive values her entire adult life. As past President of the Democratic Women of Boulder County with a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Pennsylvania, 10 years as a legislative aide, and 20 years as a Democratic activist, she has the experience and leadership to represent Boulder in the State House.

Representative Jonathan Singer | House District 11

He is vice-chairman of the Public Health Care & Human Services committee and serves on the Appropriations and Local Government committees. He is also a member of the Joint Technology interim Committee.

During the 2013 session Rep. Singer played a key role in efforts to streamline and expand child welfare services, including establishing a statewide child abuse reporting hotline, creating child fatality prevention teams to review child deaths and recommend ways to prevent these tragedies, and expanding the list of individuals who must report suspected child abuse or neglect.

Representative Mike Foote | House District 12

Mike Foote was elected in 2012 to represent House District 12, which includes Louisville, Lafayette and the southern and eastern parts of Longmont.

In the 2013 session he successfully sponsored a handful of criminal justice reforms, including a bill creating a new category of laws to protect pregnant women, giving prosecutors new tools to charge those who intentionally or recklessly cause a woman to lose her pregnancy without going down the road toward “personhood” for the unborn.

Representative KC Becker | House District 13

KC Becker represents House District 13, which includes parts of Boulder County and all of Clear Creek, Gilpin, Grand and Jackson counties. She was appointed to replace Rep. Claire Levy in October 2013.

Prior to her appointment, Rep. Becker was in the final year of a four-year term on the Boulder City Council, where she was the council’s representative on the Boulder Urban Renewal Authority and was the city’s representative to the Denver Regional Council of Governments. Before that she worked for the Department of the Interior for six years, notably on public land issues in Colorado and Wyoming.

Representative Thomas "Tony" Exum Sr. | House District 17

Tony Exum Sr. was elected in 2012 to represent House District 17 in southeastern Colorado Springs. A retired battalion chief in the Colorado Springs Fire Department, he spent 35 years making his city safer.

Representative Pete Lee | House District 18

Rep. Lee is the House’s most active member on measures to spur the state’s economy and connect Coloradans to good jobs. In the 2013 session he sponsored three key economic development measures: the Keep Jobs in Colorado Act, which gives preferences in state contracts to bidders using Colorado workers and Colorado products; the Economic Gardening bill, creating a pilot program to provide training and advice to mid-size Colorado businesses that can demonstrate significant growth potential; and the public benefit corporations bill to empower corporations to engage in activities that have a positive impact on society or the environment rather than only profit maximization.

Representative Chris Kennedy | House District 23

Representative Kennedy grew up in Colorado Springs and felt very fortunate to have a loving and supportive family, a great public education, and many opportunities to enjoy Colorado’s natural beauty through camping trips in the summer and ski weekends in the winter. He stayed in Colorado for college and attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where he received a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering in 2002.

Jessie Danielson | House District 24

Whether advocating for the rights of women, or working to expand the access to the ballot, State Representative Jessie Danielson has fought to make Colorado a better place to live. A Democrat serving Colorado’s House District 24, Jessie serves on the House’s Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee, the Public Health and Human Services Committee, and the Local Government Committee.

Representative Diane Mitsch-Bush | House District 26

Diane Mitsch Bush was elected in 2012 to represent House District 26, which includes Routt and Eagle counties. She is the vice-chair of the Transportation & Energy committee, as well as a member of the Agriculture, Livestock & Natural Resources Committee and the Health, Insurance, & Environment committee.

During the 2013 legislative session, Rep. Mitsch Bush was prime sponsor of legislation that raised reporting standards for oil and gas spills, requiring spills of one barrel or more to be reported within 24 hours to improve emergency response and reduce the impacts of the spill.

Representative Brittany Pettersen | House District 28

Brittany Pettersen was elected in 2012 to represent House District 28, which includes most of  Lakewood. She is the vice-chair of the Education committee and is a member of the Appropriations and Judiciary committees. Rep. Pettersen also serves as the House Deputy Whip.

Before launching her campaign for House District 28 she worked for New Era Colorado, a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to engaging youth in government and politics.

Representative Tracy Kraft-Tharp | House District 29

Representative Tracy Kraft-Tharp was elected in 2012 to represent House District 29, the northeastern corner of Jefferson County, including northern and eastern Arvada and the Jeffco part of Westminster. She is vice chairwoman of both the Business, Labor, Economic & Workforce Development Committee and the Business Affairs & Labor Committee. Rep Kraft-Tharp also sits on the House Transportation & Energy Committee.

Representative Dafna Michaelson Jenet | House District 30

Representative Dafna Michaelson Jenet’s career spanned over 20 years in leadership roles across the non-profit sector. In 2009, inspired to take her community problem solving skills to the next level, she embarked on a journey traveling to all 50 states during one calendar year to find and share stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things to solve problems in their communities.

Dafna and her husband, Michael Jenet, co-founded and operate the Journey Institute. They work with schools, businesses, organizations, and individuals to train in community problem solving and next level team building. Their work is focused on strengthening the community unit with the belief that only through community can you develop culturally relevant and sustainable solutions.

Representative Joe Salazar | House District 31

Joe Salazar is the representative in House District 31, which includes most of Thornton and parts of unincorporated Adams County. Rep. Salazar is vice-chair of the State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee and also serves on the Judiciary Committee.

Rep. Salazar has spent his entire career making sure the rights of hard-working Coloradans are protected, and has brought that same focus to the legislature. During the 2013 legislative session, he was co-prime sponsor of a bill that updates Colorado’s Anti-Discrimination Act, allowing employees to seek damages and attorney’s fees in cases of intentional discrimination or harassment for factors including race, gender and sexual orientation.

Representative Adrienne Benavidez | House District 32

Rep. Benavidez is an attorney and management professional. She is a former executive director of the City of Denver’s Department of General Services, which handles city purchasing and manages 128 city buildings. Previously, she directed the state Division of Finance and Procurement under Gov. Bill Ritter.

Representative Matthew Gray | House District 33

Matt is excited to represent the people of Broomfield, Superior and Erie at the state house. As a former deputy district attorney in Broomfield, Matt has prosecuted domestic violence, robberies, assaults and other crimes that endanger our neighborhoods. He fought for justice for victims and their families in hundreds of cases.  Matt's practice now focuses on public finance, where he helps local governments build schools, improve roads, and secure open space throughout Colorado.

Representative Steve Lebsock | District 34

Steve Lebsock was elected in 2012 to represent House District 34, which includes all of Northglenn and Federal Heights, a significant portion of Thornton and one precinct in unincorporated Adams County.

Rep. Lebsock brings to the Capitol a passion for issues of basic fairness, like foreclosure prevention measures so homeowners who are able can stay in their homes. In the 2013 session he successfully sponsored a bill to require that a loan modification accepted by a borrower will be honored whenever the loan is transferred to a new loan servicer.

Representative Faith Winter | House District 35

Representative Faith Winter has spent her entire career bringing people together to make positive change. She has worked in homeless shelters and board rooms and always gets results. The fifth generation Coloradan and former Westminster city Councilperson won her first term to the Colorado State House in the Fall of 2014. She will be serving on the House Appropriations committee as well as the Business Affairs, & Labor committee and the Transportation & Energy committee.

Representative Mike Weissman | House District 36

My name is Mike Weissman and I’m a resident of Aurora. I am proud to call Aurora my home because as Colorado’s most diverse city, Aurora reflects America as a whole. And I love living in Colorado because our state’s combination of outdoor beauty and cultural vibrancy is unmatched by any other.  Like many Coloradans, I love spending time outside: working in the garden, running, hiking a new trail or mountain, or riding a bike along Arapahoe County’s trails and paths.

Representative Janet Buckner | House District 40

Rep. Janet P. Buckner was elected by a vacancy committee in July 2015 to serve the remainder of the term of her late husband, John W. Buckner, representing House District 40 in southern Aurora. She is a member of the Health, Insurance & Environment and Education Committees.

Representative Jovan Melton | House District 41

Jovan E. Melton is the representative in House District 41 in Aurora. He is also president and CEO of Emerson Consulting and Strategies, a political consulting firm. Rep Melton is a member of the Public Health Care & Human Services committee and also sits on the Transportation & Energy committee, as well as the Legislative Council.

Rep. Melton is passionate about economic development and job creation; education reform; ethnic, racial and socio-economic equality; promoting working and middle-income families; and youth development. In the 2013 legislative session Rep. Melton was co-prime sponsor of the Colorado Careers Act, which creates a career pathway program to enable Colorado workers to acquire and improve the skills they need to find good-paying jobs.

Representative Dominique Jackson | House District 42

Rep. Jackson has been serving our community her whole life. Currently, she is sit as a Commissioner on the Citizen’s Advisory Committee for Housing & Community Development for the City of Aurora. In this role, vote to fund various projects and developments to make sure quality, affordable housing is available; to create opportunities for locally-owned small business to get started and grow; and to help insure quality of life for all Aurora residents. Also serve as co-chair on the Education and Advocacy sub-committee for Aurora@Home, a non-profit assists families in Aurora who find themselves without a home to live in or are otherwise in an unstable environment.

Representative Daneya Esgar | House District 46

Representative Daneya Esgar was elected to her first term in the fall of 2014. The Pueblo native has long served as a community activist and organizer, dedicating her entire career to advocating for her hometown. As she enters the 2015 session, Rep. Esgar will sit on the House Health, Insurance, & Environment committee as well as the House Transportation & Energy committee.

Representative Dave Young | House District 50

Rep. Dave Young represents House District 50 in Greeley, Evans and Garden City. He was appointed in 2011 and was elected in 2012. Rep. Young is Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee as well as a member of the Joint Budget Committee.

Representative Joann Ginal | House District 52

A teacher, scientist, leader, and lifelong learner, longtime Fort Collins citizen Joann Ginal has a passion for giving back to the community, and working to make our wonderful city an even better place to live. As our state representative for District 52, Joann will take her passion for service in a new direction—one that continues to help Fort Collins while making a difference for all of Colorado.

Representative Jeni Arndt | House District 53

Representative Jeni Arndt will begin her first term in the Colorado State House following her successful November 2014 election. Rep. Arndt is a long time education advocate and a life long Fort Collins resident. Her current committee assignments include the Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources committee as well as the Business Affairs, & Labor committee and the Local Government committee.

Representative Barbara McLachlan | House DIstrict 59

Barbara is a third-generation Coloradan working for a prosperous future for the state and district she loves. As a retired English and journalism teacher, she’s passionate about education. It’s not just the education in the classroom, she wants her constituents to be lifelong learners regarding a variety of issues: our future generations need clean water, sustainable energy, good jobs, and affordable college.

Representative Millie Hamner | House District 61

Millie Hamner represents House District 61, which includes Summit, Lake and Pitkin counties and parts of Delta and Gunnison counties. She is the Vice-Chair of the Appropriations Committee as well as the Joint Budget Committee.

As a career educator and former school district superintendent, Rep. Hamner is one of the legislature’s leading voices on education issues. In 2013 she sponsored the annual school finance bill as well as legislation to streamline our childhood development programs, putting them under one umbrella and cutting down on administrative and government waste, and a bill to improve educator evaluation systems, making them more effective.

Representative Donald Valdez | House District 62

Donald graduated from Centauri High School, and went on to earn his Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration with Emphasis in Management as well as a second Bachelor’s Degree in Sports and Exercise Management. Coupling his education and business skills with his love for family and the San Luis Valley, he returned home to help with the family farm and ranch – where they grow small grains, alfalfa and run a cow/calf operation. He spent a year in Albuquerque, working with the public but realized that his heart was still in the San Luis Valley. He returned home and went to work for the Conejos County Treasurer’s Office as the Deputy Public Trustee. In this position he also worked with the County Assessor, Land Use Office and the County Clerk – learning invaluable knowledge about the operations of small local government and election cycles. During this time, he was also a Deputy Sheriff in Conejos County. Hearing a broader calling, Donald joined the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). He fine-tuned his skills in the conservation of water, soils, plants and whole ecosystem management. He worked closely with the local farmers and ranchers, as well as community representatives and government partners.