A forceful advocate for families, children, and public safety, Rhonda Fields was first elected to serve the Colorado House of Representatives for the 68th General Assembly in 2010. She is the first African American woman elected to the state legislature to represent Aurora’s House District 42, Arapahoe County. In November 2014, she was reelected to her third term in the House of Representatives. She currently serves as the Chair of the Local Government committee and is a ranking member on the Education Committee.
Representative Fields has aggressively represented the needs of the under-served and vulnerable people in her district and throughout the State. She is a champion of quality public education, and helped secure nearly $500 million in funding for K-12 programs – helping to reduce class sizes and retain best teachers. She continues to work to expand early childhood education and workforce programs to prepare young people for success in their chosen fields.
A leader in efforts to improve public safety, Rhonda Fields has established a reputation as unafraid to tackle tough issues on behalf of her constituents, for a more just Colorado, and for a safer world. She has ushered in new laws that protect victims who have been harmed by gun violence, drunken drivers, or impacted by sexual assault or harassment. She founded the House Victim’s Right Caucus to help address the challenges faced by crime victims. Rep. Rhonda Fields has continuously fought for justice and fairness in our state, and prevailed.
Being an advocate for hardworking Coloradans, Fields has authored legislation to expand training and educational opportunities to help build skills and put people to work in good jobs. In 2013, she was the co-chair of the Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Taskforce interim committee which passed landmark legislation to secure pathways out of poverty for struggling families in Colorado.
Representative Fields is a strong proponent of quality education, affordable housing, helping the homeless, low income energy assistance, job training, affordable health care, creating fair immigration policies, the establishment of a living wage, and protection of the right of women to make decisions about their reproductive health. She is the former Speaker Pro Temp of the Colorado House of Representative.
Rhonda Fields is fighting for a Colorado where everyone has a fair shot to succeed. She has fought to promote services for our military veterans and authored the Veterans Full Employment Act and additional legislation to ensure college credit for life experience for military service.
Rep. Fields’ work at the State Capitol and within the community has earned her respect and recognition from colleagues, community leaders, business-people, and most importantly, her constituents. She is dedicated to the economic vitality of Colorado and doing her part to confront the inequities that exist in the system. In 2011 and again in 2013, 5280 Magazine ranked Rep. Fields 37th on its list of the 50 “most powerful” people in the Denver Metro area, stating she has “gained the type of respect that politicians dream about.”
She has won numerous awards for her dedicated work to address equality and justice for all. As a trusted public servant she serves on numerous boards, including the Botanic Gardens, Safe 2 Tell Advisory Board and Voices of Victims. Rep. Fields’ professional affiliations include Women in Government, National Federation of Women Legislators, the Colorado Black Caucus, the National Council of Negro Women, the Urban League of Denver, the NAACP, Black Women for Political Action and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority of African-American college-educated women.