James Coleman represents House District 7 in northeast Denver. He serves as Vice Chair of the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee, and sits on both the House Education Committee and House Appropriations Committee
During the 2017 session, his first, Rep. Coleman championed education by sponsoring bills to provide culturally and developmentally appropriate classroom management strategies to help reduce the number of school suspensions for young children and to create a program for additional recognition of high school students accomplished in science, technology, engineering and math.
He also sponsored an innovative law to promote employee ownership of companies. As baby boomers retire, the businesses they own, employing a third of the Colorado workforce, are being sold off. By many statistical measures, employee-owned companies simply perform better. Converting boomer-owned businesses to employee ownership, rather than selling them to outside investors, would in many cases be the best way to retain and create jobs, strengthen communities and expand economic growth.
Rep. Coleman’s professional career has been dedicated to empowering families and engaging the community to improve Colorado residents’ quality of life. He is a passionate champion for excellent education and quality school options, understanding that different students and families have different needs, and that every parent deserves the opportunity to choose the school that works best for their child.
When not in the Capitol, Rep. Coleman serves as CEO at FaithBridge, a local nonprofit mobilizing faith communities to improve K-12 education in the State of Colorado. His passion for faith based community service began when he was licensed and ordained as a minister at the age of 13, preaching in churches and doing street ministry across the Metro Denver area.
He also serves as a Board of Director member at Highline Academy, a tuition-free public charter school with a custom liberal arts curriculum and rigorous academic program.
Rep. Coleman earned a bachelor’s degree from Oral Roberts University. He is a native of Denver, grew up in the Park Hill neighborhood and currently lives in Green Valley Ranch with his wife, Shayna, and their twin children, James Jr. and Naomi.