Donald Valdez represents the vast House District 62, which stretches from Pueblo south through the San Luis Valley to the New Mexico border and west past Creede in the San Juan Mountains. Rep. Valdez serves as Vice Chair of the Rural Affairs Committee and sits on the Transportation and Local Government Committee.
Staying true to his roots, Rep. Valdez sponsored bill after bill during the 2017 session to benefit rural Coloradans. In response to the difficulty of obtaining in-person healthcare visits in rural areas, he led a bill to improve telehealth coverage and integrate it more smoothly with in-person care.
Before running for office, Rep. Valdez was a soil conservation technician with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in the United States Department of Agriculture. In his seven years there, he worked closely with local farmers and ranchers, as well as community representatives and government partners, to promote soil and water conservation and ecosystem management. He is a former vice chairman and Western Slope director of the Soil and Water Conservation Society.
Previously, he worked for the Conejos County Treasurer’s Office as deputy public trustee, protecting property owners in foreclosure proceedings. In this position, he also worked with the County Assessor, Land Use Office and the County Clerk, gaining invaluable knowledge about the operations of local governments. He also was a deputy sheriff in Conejos County.
Rep. Valdez lives in La Jara and has long been active in public life in Conejos County. He is a member of the board of directors of the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area and is a member of the Rotary International Organization and the Knights of Columbus.
He is a fifth-generation resident of the San Luis Valley. His parents – his dad’s a U.S. Army veteran — grow grain and alfalfa and run a cow/calf operation on the family farm and ranch west of La Jara, where Rep. Valdez still lends a hand.
Rep. Valdez has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Adams State. He graduated from Centauri High School in La Jara.