Rep. James Coleman
James Coleman represents House District 7 in northeast Denver. He sits on the House Local Government and Business Affairs & Labor Committees.
During the 2017 session, his first, Rep. Coleman championed education by sponsoring bills to provide culturally and developmentally appropriate classroom management strategies to help reduce the number of school suspensions for young children and to create a program for additional recognition of high school students accomplished in science, technology, engineering and math.
He also sponsored an innovative law to promote employee ownership of companies. As baby boomers retire, the businesses they own, employing a third of the Colorado workforce, are being sold off. By many statistical measures, employee-owned companies simply perform better. Converting boomer-owned businesses to employee ownership, rather than selling them to outside investors, would in many cases be the best way to retain and create jobs, strengthen communities and expand economic growth.
Rep. Coleman’s professional career has been dedicated to empowering families and engaging the community to improve Colorado residents’ quality of life. He is a passionate champion for excellent education and quality school options, understanding that different students and families have different needs, and that every parent deserves the opportunity to choose the school that works best for their child.
Before taking his seat in the Colorado House, Rep. Coleman was vice president for community engagement at ACE Scholarships, a local nonprofit providing educational scholarships to low-income families. He also served on the board of directors at Highline Academy, a tuition-free public charter school with a custom liberal arts curriculum and a rigorous academic program.
His civic engagement also includes the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce; INROADS, which develops and places talented underserved youth in business and industry; the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity; and the Urban League of Metro Denver Young Professionals.
Rep. Coleman earned a bachelor’s degree from Oral Roberts University. He is a native of Denver, grew up in the Park Hill neighborhood and currently lives in Green Valley Ranch with his wife, Shayna, and their twin children, James Jr. and Naomi.