Rep. Susan Lontine, D-Denver
Susan Lontine represents House District 1 in southwest Denver, including neighborhoods such as Westwood, Mar Lee, Harvey Park, Grant Ranch, College View, Bear Valley, Fort Logan and Marston. She is vice chairwoman of the State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee and sits on the Health, Insurance & Environment Committee.
In the 2017 session Rep. Lontine passed legislation to require background checks for professionals caring for at-risk adults, so elderly Coloradans and those with mental health issues and intellectual and developmental disabilities can have protection and peace of mind. She also successfully sponsored a new law to require health care providers to disclose the charges they impose for common health care services.
She has also campaigned to reduce corporal punishment of children, which has been shown to be traumatizing and counterproductive. She succeeded on one of four measures she introduced in 2016 and 2017 – a bill to restrict the kinds of physical restraints that can be used in public schools.
The diversity of her district informs many of Rep. Lontine’s policy priorities. Her biggest legislative accomplishment in 2015 was passage of her Mobile Learning Labs bill, a workforce development measure that will bring the classroom to the workplace so employees receive the training they need to get ahead and employers get a workforce with the right skills for the job.
To boost the security of hard-pressed lower-income and middle-class families in her district and across the state, she supports raising the minimum wage in Colorado, making college more affordable and expanding access to affordable, quality health care.
Rep. Lontine has long been a familiar face in the state Capitol and in her district, having been a staffer for Sen. Irene Aguilar and serving previously on the staff of former Rep. Jeanne Labuda, Rep. Lontine’s predecessor in House District 1. Rep. Lontine is also a former Democratic Party captain for House District 1.
She is a Florida native and attended the University of Central Florida. She lives in Grant Ranch with her husband, Chuck Lontine, and their son, Ben.