Accomplishments & Priorities

It’s been an incredible honor to serve as your state representative these last seven years. During that time, we’ve accomplished so much to make people’s lives better from increasing our investments in public schools to reducing the high cost of health care to reducing our negative impact on the environment – and many of these accomplishments have been bipartisan.

Voters were crystal clear in the 2022 Election that they want leaders who roll up their sleeves and solve real problems, not ideological crusaders who are all noise and no substance. As such, they elected historically large Democratic majorities of 46-19 in the House and 23-12 in the Senate.

I feel so honored that I will be serving as Speaker Pro Tempore of the House of Representatives for my final two years as we take on the work with which voters have entrusted us. In this position, I will be helping guide the legislature in the great work that lies ahead.

We are going to build on our previous work to make housing, health care, and child care more affordable. We’re going to address the pressing air quality concerns that are negatively impacting the health of our residents and the depletion of the Colorado River and other river basins. We’re going to invest as heavily as we can in K-12 and higher education. We’re going to do everything we can to reduce the scourge of gun violence that takes too many lives in this country every single day. And we’re going to make sure that Colorado remains a state where women know they can access abortion care without government interference. And more.

Many Coloradans have moved on from the COVID19 pandemic/recession that started in 2020. But for many others, this crisis just added to the stress and pressure that they face every day trying to stay alive and keep up with an ever-changing economy. While we must govern for all Coloradans, I believe we must also focus on helping those who need help the most.

I’m proud to say that the work we’ve done over the last several years has reflected this focus, but a democracy requires constant maintenance. There will always be more to do to build a Colorado in which everyone who works hard and does their fair share is able to support their family, be rewarded for their hard work, and enjoy the Colorado way of life.

And I’m here for it.

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Overview of Accomplishments 2017-2023

Legislation is a team effort, and I’ve enthusiastically supported the work of my colleagues including investing in education, transportation, and affordable housing; accelerating our transition to clean energy; making our schools safer; expanding mental health access; standing up for the rights of every Coloradan – voting rights, reproductive rights, rights to self expression, and more; reforming our criminal justice system; and protecting the clean air, clean water, and beautiful open spaces that make Colorado such a special place to live.

For my part, I’ve focused most of my efforts on health care reform, fiscal reform, climate change, and election systems. I’m most proud of my work on more robust cost transparency requirements for hospitals, a reinsurance program to reduce health insurance premiums on the individual market, a prescription drug affordability board, advancement of value-based payments and behavioral health integration in primary care, stronger consumer protections at free-standing emergency departments, increased supports and protections for renters and utility customers, improved prevention and treatment for substance use disorders, initiatives to combat climate change, regulation of toxic air contaminants, and multiple innovative democracy reforms.

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