Please join us for a celebration & volunteer THANK YOU party!

This event is large enough to require being spread out across the compound; there will be additional houses open to serve food and accommodate you, plus bonfires and heaters outside, so dress warmly, and bring marshmallows if you'd like to roast 'em.

We are supplying snacks, pork sliders & street tacos, desserts, and beverages including beer & hot apple cider, but you are encouraged to bring whatever you might like to eat or drink in addition.  

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Happy holidays! 🎄

I am very grateful and exited to be able to serve the people of HD27 and Colorado. I hope the New Year brings you prosperity and good tidings.

Wishing you warm holiday greetings from ours to yours. Have a safe and happy holiday.

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Make 2019 a year to look forward to.

A little over a year ago, I launched my campaign to become your state representative from Arvada. The last year has been a wild ride and I want to thank each and every one of you for coming on the adventure with me. Make no mistake: We made history in Colorado. But my goal wasn't to make history in our state. My goal was to win fair, responsive and intersectional representation for House District 27. That legacy has yet to be written.

It's time to look to the future - to 2019 and beyond. Our district and our state will face enormous challenges over the coming year and the next decade. Making the economy work for working people, achieving equity in education, balancing health care costs against benefits, and the transition to renewable energy will all be on the agenda. To date, my office has been focused on making investments in Colorado's future that will protect our way of life while lowering the cost of living.

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Dear Friend,

I'm writing to cordially invite you to witness the opening day of the 2019 legislative session. The swearing-in ceremony for incoming members of the Colorado House of Representatives is open to the public and will be held at:
 

Colorado State Capitol
200 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
House Chambers
Friday, January 4th
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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This week I was sworn in as the State Representative from House District 27. It is an honor to serve in the 72nd General Assembly in the Colorado State House of Representatives. Many of you know me but, in spite of having walked my entire district, there are many of you I have not had the opportunity to meet.  So, I'll just go ahead and lay it out there. I didn't run to be the representative for some people in my district, I ran to be the representative for all of the people in my district. My commitment to you is that, no matter what my final decision may be on an issue, I will do my utmost to take into account your perspectives and work to find constructive solutions to the challenges we face as a state and community. I am your host, but I am also an employee and guest in your house - The People's House. As your representative, I will always conduct our affairs with respect for each of you as citizens. May I always be the first to greet you and may we never part in anger. Welcome home and thank you for the opportunity to serve.

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Thank you, welcome, and meet the team!

Last Saturday, Senator Zenzinger and I held a legislative preview at Standley Lake Library. More than fifty people attended the meeting! After a presentation on the legislative process and some of the issues arising in the Capitol, I put out a request for volunteers and intern candidates. I was overwhelmed by the response. So far, Joyce Richardson, Mary Ross, and Claire Carmelia have all offered volunteer assistance: answering phones, doing research on legislative issues, filing and generally helping to keep our office organized. Thank you very much to Joyce, Mary, and Claire for your work this week and in the weeks to come! I am very fortunate for the help.

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A whirlwind of a week

This Monday, I had the pleasure of attending the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. marade in Denver. It was amazing to see such diversity represented from across Colorado and the metropolitan area. Tuesday got off to a slow start, but by the end of the day, I had been fully trained in the art of the COW. This has nothing to do with livestock. It stands for Committee of the Whole and will eventually allow me to chair House Floor Work. On Wednesday, I ran the committee-equivalent of a marathon. We started on time at 1:30 pm in Health & Insurance and adjourned around 9:30 pm. On Thursday, we battled snow again, but in spite of the weather and a late night on Wednesday, I made it to the 7:30am Joint Technology Committee in time to enjoy a great discussion with the Office of Information Technology Executive Team about the financial health and future of state-run IT systems.

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Addressing a 'sex ed' controversy

On Monday, I passed my first bill off to the Colorado State Senate. That accomplishment was quickly overshadowed by the committee hearing on Wednesday in House Health & Insurance. HB19-1032 - Comprehensive Sexual Education - drew the ire of many people who, admittedly, had limited understanding of the bill.

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Cutting red tape on birth certificate changes

On Wednesday, I was happy to hear a bill on which I had testified previously as a citizen. HB19-1039 would change the process that transgender people must go through in order to change their birth certificate to reflect their true self.  Many Coloradans testified this year to the difficulty and danger of changing one's gender on a birth certificate. Several young people also testified, including a young transgender girl named Jude. I was moved to thank Jude for her bravery. It was Jude’s fourth time testifying son similar bills.

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Making tough choices

Being a legislator is as hard as you want it to be. You can do the minimum and accomplish less, or immerse yourself in everything, study ahead, and do your utmost to represent your district. I have never been one to shy away of hard work- I look for it. I am on 3 committees (one more than expected), I'm carrying 8 bills (3 more than the "maximum"), and I'm doing the difficult work of stakeholder outreach on each of my bills. When I ran for this office, I pledged to the district that I would listen, be respectful, and consider all of the ideas that are presented to me. I am not afraid to take on tough issues and speak truth to power. This doesn't always result in satisfied constituents. Sometimes the harder you work to find the middle ground, the harder some stakeholders work to derail you. 

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Mentoring the next generation of leaders

Many legislators took the opportunity to host students from the Colorado Association of Gifted and Talented on Thursday. I had two enthusiastic students from DPS schools. These two young ladies had great questions and I really enjoyed showing them around the Capitol. They had the opportunity to get a glimpse of a "day in the life" of a legislator including the third reading of bills, committee hearings (two of them), impromptu meetings with interest groups, and an opportunity to get up to the dome for a brief history lesson and a photo. On some level, I believe that all education is experiential and I really look forward to mentoring other young people. Something tells me it won't be too long before we see these young women take up leadership roles of their own. 

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Drinking From the Fire Hose

This week was full of constituent meetings, learning about a variety of topics, and long committee hearings. As of today, there are 62 days remaining in the session. To many, this kind of fast paced 120 day endurance race would be difficult to handle. Lucky for me, I've been on projects where I've worked 12+ hour days for 45 continuous days in a row in difficult conditions. The busier I am the happier I am. This week, I spoke with (many citizen lobbyists from) the Technology Council, the Alzheimers Association, the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Association, CEA, Nurses Association, the School Board Association, Colorado WINS, municipal leaders, and many others.

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Paying Tribute to Volunteers

Some of you may know that I belong to a group called Necrosearch International. This is an all volunteer group of interdisciplinary scientists and specialists that help law enforcement locate clandestine graves and evidence. Founded right here in Colorado 35 years ago, Necrosearch has worked on over 300 cases in 45 states, and 10 countries. Some were high profile cases.


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The ides of March

Having survived the ides of March (and the blizzard), we move into the final 45 days of the session. There is still a lot of work to do. Fortunately, many of my bills are making their way through the House and the Senate and some have been signed into law.

Early in the week, I had a bit of time to attend a press conference about HB19-1129, a bill to ban so-called conversion therapy. This was something I fought for for a couple years before joining the legislature. I was very happy to be a co-sponsor of this bill.

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The end of March.

We have been hearing some very big legislation recently in the Health and Insurance committee. Between reinsurance, preventing surprise billing, capping the costs of insulin, and many other things, our committee has been passing some legislation through that will help many people reduce their healthcare costs. 

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90ish days down, 30ish to go

Sunday, March 31st was Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV). International Transgender Day of Visibility is an annual event occurring on March 31 dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide, as well as a celebration of their contributions to society. I was proud to appear at the University of Denver to speak to a crowd of trans people and allies. From that talk, I had many emails of thanks and inspiration by people looking to run for office themselves. 

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7th inning Stretch

We are in the last three weeks of session and the long bill is complete. My request on the long bill with Rep. Michaelson-Jenet for suicide prevention got $100k of funding which is a good start, but still not enough. I spoke down in the well on Rep. Michaelson-Jenet's bill on minors getting mental health treatment without parent's consent. I believe in this concept because there are many times where talking to their parents could result in more pain and more problems. Many times, the parents are the problems. I spoke in the well about this and told a personal story of a kid I went to school with that committed suicide just because of that reason. 
 

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Two More Weeks- HAPPY EASTER!

Happy Easter and Passover! It may be hard to believe for many, but there are two weeks left in the session. We have our final day on Friday May, 3 at Midnight. 
 
During the last week, I was nominated for the "I AM History" Award from Run For Something. Unfortunately, I didn't know about getting through round 1 until it was too late to post about in the newsletter. So I got through to round 2, but alas, that round ended on Friday afternoon. So, hopefully I'll have a result before the next issue. I was also awarded an honor with "The Advocate" magazine. More on this later as well. 

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