(Oct. 19) – KC Becker, a Boulder city councilwoman, will be the next state representative in House District 13, which includes part of Boulder County and all of Clear Creek, Gilpin, Grand and Jackson counties.

A vacancy committee selected Becker this afternoon to replace Rep. Claire Levy, who is resigning at the end of the month to become executive director of the Colorado Center on Law and Policy, a Denver-based research and advocacy group. Levy’s resignation takes effect Oct. 31; Becker will be sworn in soon thereafter.

“I’m thrilled and honored that the political leadership in HD13 selected me,” Rep.-designate Becker said “Claire has done an excellent job for the people of HD13, and I will do my best to continue her legacy of public service, and to be a great representative for the people in my district and the people of Colorado.”

“KC has a great background and excellent reputation, having made a strong impression in her previous endeavors and Boulder County politics,” Speaker Mark Ferrandino said. “I’m confident she’ll be a great addition to our caucus, and look forward to serving with her in the statehouse.”

“I’ve known KC for several years now, and I think very highly of her,” said Majority Leader Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, whose district includes part of Boulder. “It’s terrific that House District 13 will continue to be represented by a strong woman.”

Kathleen Collins Becker, 43, is in the final year of a four-year term on the Boulder City Council, where she was the council’s representative on the Boulder Urban Renewal Authority and was the city’s representative to the Denver Regional Council of Governments. Before that she worked for the Department of the Interior for six years, notably on public land issues in Colorado and Wyoming.

“I have a solid background on Colorado’s water, public land and environmental issues,” she said.

She has a law degree from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore., and a master’s from the Burns School of Real Estate at the University of Denver’s Sturm School of Business. She also spent two years in the real estate business.

Becker and her husband, Miles Kunkel, are parents of two young children.

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