(Dec. 18) – House Democrats will assemble on Jan. 4 with 41 members in their ranks. Today, the first term House Democrats elected Rep.-elect Alex Valdez, D-Denver to serve as the First-Year Representative to Leadership, which will serve as a liaison from the first-term members of the caucus to the rest of the caucus leadership team. Speaker-designate KC Becker created this new leadership position after discussions with incoming Democratic legislators and the rest of the caucus.

“As a clean energy entrepreneur and community advocate Rep.-elect Valdez brings a unique set of experiences to our team, and our sixteen new Democratic lawmakers will be well served with him as their representative,” said Speaker-designate KC Becker, D-Boulder. “We look forward to working together to help hardworking Coloradans get ahead.”

“I am delighted to have Rep.-elect Valdez take on this role and the responsibilities it entails. Our goal was to make sure our first term legislators are represented on the leadership team because the ideas and experiences they bring to the table are a reflection of our shared values,” said Majority Leader Alec Garnett, D-Denver.

“I thank my colleagues and leadership for placing their trust and confidence in me,” said Rep.-elect Alex Valdez. “I look forward to being an effective communicator, serving the values of my constituents and helping my colleagues deliver for hardworking Coloradans across the state.”

The group of first-term House Democratic members will grow from 16 members to 17 with the upcoming vacancy in House District 52, after Rep. Joann Ginal was selected to fill a vacancy in the Colorado Senate.

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