Rep. Paul Rosenthal (D-Denver)
Paul Rosenthal is in his third term representing House District 9 in southeast Denver.
Rep. Rosenthal has year after year fought to protect the rights of LGBT teens, notably by sponsoring a bill to ban the dangerous and discredited practice of “conversion therapy” on minors within Colorado. His bill died in 2016 and 2017 in the Republican-controlled Senate, but it is a critical issue that he will be stressing again in 2018.
Rep. Rosenthal prioritizes the promotion of tourism and diversity in Colorado and will continue to work to boost the economies of small towns and promote programs such as Sister Cities that are helping to create business, educational, cultural and tourist exchanges. Rep. Rosenthal sponsored a bill in the 2017 session that sought to create an international sister-state program that would have fostered economic cooperation; though it failed to pass, he looks forward to continuing this work in 2018. Since arriving at the Capitol in 2013, he has been a frequent sponsor of meet-and-greet events that brought legislators together with sister city activists, refugees and advocates, students, nonprofits, and foreign diplomats at the Capitol.
Rep. Rosenthal teaches special education, economics, civics, geography and U.S. history at a youth correctional facility. For the past 12 years he has served on the Denver Community Corrections Board, which decides which offenders from prison may re-enter the community through Denver’s halfway houses. This session he sponsored a new law to allow the Division of Youth Services to set up a scholarship fund for youth leaving a facility and re-entering the community.
Rep. Rosenthal earned a master’s in international management from the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business. He travels annually to a new destination around the world to expand his knowledge and engage in citizen diplomacy.