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.
Rep. Duran graduated from Arvada West High School with honors and was fortunate to receive a scholarship to attend the University of Denver, where she earned a double major degree in Public Policy and Spanish. While at school she continued her community activities in HD 5 - becoming an Executive Assistant at Family Star, a Montessori and Early Head Start Center, and spoke regularly to North High School students about the importance of pursuing and obtaining a higher education.
After graduating from the University of Denver, Rep. Duran began her study of law at the University of Colorado. While there, she was honored to be elected as President of the Student Bar Association, as well as President of the Latino Law Student Association.
After graduating from law school, Rep. Duran went to work for the 21,000 members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7, where she fought for better paying jobs and access to quality healthcare for thousands of working families across Colorado. Rep. Duran currently has her own legal practice.
Rep. Duran has served on the Judiciary, Finance, State Veterans & Military Affairs and Joint Council committees at the State Legislature. Rep. Duran was recently recognized in a Denver Post article titled, "Women Who Broke Political Barriers," and received The Denver Business Journal's "Forty Under 40" Award." In just one term, Rep. Duran has successfully reached across the aisle to pass legislation to connect the jobless with training to work for a Colorado employer or start a business; change the name of Metropolitan State University of Denver; encourage parent involvement in K-12 education; and create government efficiencies in the areas of affordable housing, childcare regulations and higher education.