The Colorado House of Representatives is the lower house of the Colorado General Assembly, the State legislature of the U.S. state of Colorado. The House is composed of 65 members. Representatives are elected to two-year terms, and are limited to four terms in office but can run again after a two-year respite. The entire House is elected in each general election.Cámara de Representantes de ColoradoLa Cámara de Representantes de Colorado es la cámara inferior de la Asamblea General de Colorado, la legislatura Estatal del estado de Colorado de los EE.UU. La Cámara de Representantes está compuesta por 65 miembros. Los Representantes son elegidos para servir mandatos de dos años, y están limitados a servir cuatro mandatos, pero pueden volver a postularse después de un descanso de dos años. Se elige a la Cámara entera en cada elección general.__________ELECTION INFO: General Election ballots will start to be mailed on October 9th, 2020. Voter Service and Polling Centers open on Monday, October 19th, 2020. Ballots must be received via mail or at drop-off no later than Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020, by 7 pm. If you have not received your ballot or need a replacement, contact your local Clerk & Recorder Elections Office.INFROMACIÓN SOBRE LAS ELECCIONES: Las papeletas de votación para las Elecciones Generales empezarán a ser enviadas el 9 de octubre del 2020. Los Centros de Servicios Electorales se abren el lunes, 19 de octubre del 2020. Las papeletas electorales deben ser enviadas por correo o entregadas en un centro de entrega a más tardar a las 7pm el martes, 3 de noviembre del 2020. Si no ha recibido su papeleta electoral o necesita un reemplazo, comuníquese con su Funcionario Oficial de la Oficina de Elecciones local.
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For the bulk of my career, I have been a tool maker or a machinist
The elected officials in Colorado need to return to the fundamental concepts of liberty, both as expressed by economic freedom and civil liberties. Free people are more prosperous, more enthusiastic, healthier, and happier. Free people are also more generous, and they are much more competent in solving problems
First of all, we need to address the self-imposed problems. Not all problems are self-imposed. Some things are beyond our control. Most of our problems are brought on by Colorado elected officials and unelected bureaucrats, not just from 2020 but also from 2019 and before. We definitely need to be honest about the self-imposed problems and reverse them.
We need to discontinue special interest favoritism. We need to discontinue encouraging violence toward police officers. We need to discontinue favoring criminals over law-abiding citizens. We need to return to the rule of law by enforcing the law.
We cannot and should not impose a higher tax burden on the citizens in order to restore governmental resources. The citizens need to recover first. When the citizenry is whole again, the government will be whole.
After several years of working as a structural engineer, I felt called to do more to address climate change, public education, health care reform, and equal rights. After leaving engineering, I spent several years working on campaigns and at the capitol before running for office myself.
I was elected in 2016 and reelected in 2018. I have served on the Health Insurance & Environment; Finance; State, Veterans, & Military Affairs; Appropriations; Opioid & Substance Use Disorders; and Investor-Owned Utilities committees. I currently serve as Assistant Majority Leader in the House.
While I have many long-term goals, our top priority right now must be our response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout. Much of my work over the last four years intersects with the current crisis. I've worked to reduce the high cost of health care and increase access to quality health insurance, which is even more important now than it was before the pandemic. I've worked to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, which reduces the air pollution that exacerbates respiratory conditions. I've worked to increase funding for our public schools and universities, and while TABOR has tied our hands behind our backs, we've been successful in closing up a few corporate special interest tax loopholes. But we must do more to invest in the next generation. This is especially important now that school districts and universities are grappling with how to maintain educational achievement while keeping their students healthy and safe.
First, we must do everything we can to contain the spread of COVID-19 so that it ceases to impact our economy. I'm proud of Colorado's response, but we can't let up just yet. Second, we must provide direct relief to those in need. Again, the state is hamstrung by TABOR and we've been unable to sustain the services people depend on, let alone expand relief. I'm grateful the federal government provided some relief funds, and we've directed those funds to boost unemployment benefits, to help people afford housing, utility bills, and physical and mental health care, and to help businesses stay afloat. But these federal resources barely make up for half of what we had to cut, and we need them to do more by passing the HEROES Act. As we move into next year, we will continue to prioritize funds to support people in need and partner with local governments and the federal government to maintain adequate supports and get Colorado on the road to recovery.