Rep. Jessie Danielson, D-Wheat Ridge
Rep. Jessie Danielson represents House District 24, which includes Wheat Ridge, Golden and Edgewater. She is speaker pro tempore of the House, presiding over the body when Speaker Crisanta Duran is absent. She is also vice chairwoman of the Public Health Care & Human Services Committee and serves on the Agriculture, Livestock & Natural Resources and Appropriations Committees.
Rep. Danielson is leading the charge for equal pay for equal work. Her biggest legislative success of 2017 was passing the Wage Theft Transparency Act, which increases public transparency to deter companies from cheating their employees out of their pay. During the 2017 session she also sponsored a bill to prevent employers from punishing employees for discussing or comparing wages, which will help in the fight for pay equity.
In 2017 she also passed legislation protecting senior citizens from elder abuse; ensuring that Coloradans don’t lose their Medicaid coverage in error by providing more clear communications and simplifying the appeals process; setting standards of care for sex assault victims on college campuses; and breaking down barriers for returning veterans to get jobs.
Rep. Danielson is a former Colorado state director for America Votes, which works nationwide to expand access to the ballot and protect every American citizen’s right to vote. While with America Votes, she organized legislative and public support for the groundbreaking Voter Access and Modernized Elections Act of 2013, which has expanded every Coloradan’s access to the ballot.
Previously, Rep. Danielson worked as political director for NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, overseeing its electoral strategy, legislative outreach and grassroots organizing programs. She also served as the housing coordinator for Connections for Independent Living, a nonprofit organization that helps individuals with disabilities lead full and independent lives.
Rep. Danielson grew up on her family’s farm near Ault in Weld County and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She and her husband, Andy Kabza, live in Wheat Ridge with their baby daughter.