Speaker KC Becker
In the 2019 legislative session, majority Democrats in the Colorado House of Representatives voted to designate KC Becker as the 59th speaker of the House, one of the top three positions in state government.
She serves as the third consecutive female speaker in the House. Over the last two years, she served as the Majority Leader before being elected as current Speaker of the House. She organized the legislative calendar and makes sure all bills that make it to the House floor receive full and fair consideration.
In 2017 Rep. Becker sponsored the signature legislation of the session, a measure to stave off hundreds of millions of dollars in budget cuts to hospitals across the state. By exempting an obscure account called the hospital provider fee from the Referendum C cap on state revenue, the new law helps beleaguered hospitals, especially in rural areas, and allows Colorado to invest nearly $2 billion to repair and expand its crumbling, overburdened road network. Additional benefits will flow to rural K-12 students, small businesses and Colorado’s seniors.
Rep. Becker also sponsored an important measure to keep legal marijuana from being diverted into the black market and make Colorado’s billion-dollar marijuana industry a less inviting target for federal intervention.
She also worked on bills to protect the environment of Colorado, from maintaining rights to fishing and recreational uses of water in compliance with the Endangered Species Act, to raising awareness about the importance of pollinators.
In addition to environmental legislation, Rep. Becker has focused her legislative efforts on affordable housing, women’s health care, and governmental accountability for special interest tax breaks.
Rep. Becker represents House District 13, which includes parts of Boulder County and all of Clear Creek, Gilpin, Grand and Jackson counties. It is the only House district that spans the Continental Divide.
Prior to her legislative service, she served on the Boulder City Council, where she was the council’s representative on the Boulder Urban Renewal Authority and was the city’s representative to the Denver Regional Council of Governments.
She also worked briefly in real estate development, but most of her career was at the Department of the Interior, working on environmental and natural resources law. Rep. Becker graduated from the College of William and Mary with a B.A. in government, then went on to get her law degree from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College, where she was president of the Public Interest Law Project. Rep. Becker also has an M.S. in real estate development and construction management from the University of Denver’s Sturm School of Business.
She lives in Boulder with her husband, Miles Kunkel, and their two young sons, Ryder and Leo.