Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada
Tracy Kraft-Tharp is beginning her third term representing House District 29, which includes north and east Arvada and the Jefferson County portion of Westminster. She is chairwoman of the Business Affairs & Labor Committee and sits on the Appropriations Committee.
Rep. Kraft-Tharp has amassed a wide-ranging record of impactful legislation. She sponsored the Advanced Industries Export Acceleration Act, providing consultation and training to Colorado companies trying to find global markets for their products. Her focus on jobs and the economy also includes legislation to extend the ReHire Colorado program through 2019. The program provides job coaching, training and transitional job opportunities to under- and unemployed Coloradans.
Rep. Kraft-Tharp sponsored a bill to implement a revolutionary new system to predict wildfires and floods. Combining advanced computer modeling and refined data sampling to achieve a precision never before possible, the system developed by the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder will give first responders up to 18 hours’ warning of where and when fires and floods are likely to start, where they’ll go once they start, and when they’ll get there.
Her bill clarifying that institutionally prepared food served in assisted living centers and other retirement communities is not subject to sales tax will save thousands of Colorado seniors from having to pay more taxes.
Rep. Kraft-Tharp has more than 25 years’ experience in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. She managed the Women in Crisis battered women’s shelter and the Gemini House, an adolescent crisis shelter in Jefferson County. She also taught Applied Legal Issues and Social Welfare Policy in Metro State University’s Social Work department and at Regis University in the Masters in Nonprofit Management program.
She has served on the Jefferson County School District Strategic Planning and Advisory Council, the City of Arvada Citizens Capital Improvement Project Committee, the City of Arvada Human Services Council and the grant review committee for Energy Colorado. In addition, she has served on the boards of the Urban Peak Housing Corporation, Jefferson Hall and the National Network for Youth Services. She is an active member of the Colorado Business and Professional Women, the League of Women Voters and the Jeffco PTA.
She received her Masters in Social Work and law degrees from the University of Denver.
Rep. Kraft-Tharp and her husband, Vern Tharp, live in Arvada.