Thanks for visiting my webpage! My name is Chris Kennedy, and I’m honored to serve as the State Representative for Colorado House District 23. In November 2018, I was re-elected and I am excited to begin my second term in the State House. I am humbled by the support from so many of you who elected me.
I 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. I stayed in Colorado for college and attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where I received my Bachelor of Architectural Engineering in 2002.
I was very interested in renewable energy and I was a member of CU’s 2002 Solar Decathlon team, but I specialized in structural engineering and joined a small Denver firm in the fall of 2003. Over my nearly six years there, I worked on a variety of residential and commercial building projects including single family homes, large condo complexes, and office buildings. I even performed a foundation design review on St. Anthony’s hospital and engineered many of the aluminum and glass storefronts in Belmar including the movie theater.
While I enjoyed the work of solving problems as an engineer, I had grown increasingly concerned about political issues facing our state and nation and felt I could no longer stand on the sidelines. I started volunteering and taking night classes in political science, and I ultimately left my engineering job to devote my career to solving public policy problems instead. After working for leaders like Max Tyler and Ed Perlmutter, I decided to run for office myself.
During my 2016 and 2018 campaigns, I attended scores of community meetings and knocked on thousands of doors. I learned so much about the people of Jefferson County – their daily lives, their hopes and dreams, and their concerns and fears. The 2017-2018 legislative sessions were even bigger adventures as my colleagues and I grappled with the numerous challenges facing Colorado and achieved many bipartisan successes. Read my 2017 end-of-session report here, my 2018 end-of-session report here, and my legislative profile here.
As the 2019 session begins, I am honored to have been elected by my colleagues to serve as Assistant Majority Leader and to have been appointed by Speaker KC Becker to serve as Chair of the Committee on State, Veterans, and Military Affairs.
Even in these times of great uncertainty, it is truly an honor that I get to wake up every day and work for a better future for all of us. Looking back on all of the opportunities I had growing up, I am more committed than ever to making sure the next generation has every opportunity to pursue their own American dream.