House Dems Majority Grew Substantially, With Returns Still Coming In
(Nov. 8) – Earning the support of her colleagues, KC Becker was designated this afternoon by the House Democratic caucus to become the next Speaker of the House. Speaker-designate Becker served as Majority Leader in the 71st General Assembly, helping shepherd the House through two of the state’s most productive legislative sessions. Beginning her fourth and final two-year term in the House, Becker is set to serve as one of the top four individuals in the Colorado state government.
Becker’s elevation to speaker will become official when the full House votes on Jan. 4, the opening day of the 2019 session.
“In this historic election, Coloradans chose Democratic leadership and inclusiveness over those who would seek to divide us,” said Speaker-designate Becker, D-Boulder. “My colleagues and I are dedicated to expanding opportunity for all, governing responsibly and protecting the Colorado way of life.”
Becker represents House District 13, which includes parts of Boulder County and all of Clear Creek, Gilpin, Grand and Jackson counties. It’s the only House district that spans the Continental Divide and stretches to the Wyoming border.
Prior to her legislative service, Becker served on the Boulder City Council. Becker also served as an attorney/advisor at Department of the Interior, working on environmental and natural resources law.
“We built this majority by meeting voters face to face and listening to their hopes and concerns,” said Speaker-designate Becker. “I’m honored to serve as the next Speaker of the House. We must work together – regardless of party – to problem solve and to turn the hopes of our fellow Coloradans into action.”
The House Democratic caucus, which grew to least 39 Democrats – and with three races too close to call with ballots still being counted the number could expand up to 42 – elected Rep. Alec Garnett, D-Denver, as Majority Leader. Rep. Garnett was previously the Assistant Majority Leader, and served on the Education, Finance and Business Affairs & Labor Committees.
“We have a lot of work to do on behalf of Coloradans,” said Rep. Alec Garnett. “They sent us here with the clear message that they support the values we ran on, from investing in education, to finding solutions to health care issues, and helping people in every community earn a good life,” said Rep. Alec Garnett.
Rounding out the caucus leadership are:
· Chris Kennedy, D-Lakewood as Assistant Majority Leader
· Edie Hooton, D-Boulder as Majority Caucus Chair
· Dafna Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City as Majority Deputy Caucus Chair
· James Coleman, D-Denver and Jeff Bridges, D-Greenwood Village as Majority Co-Whips