Rep. Yadira Caraveo
Yadira Caraveo, the daughter of immigrant parents who moved to Denver from a small town in Mexico in the 1970s, represents HD 31. She serves as Vice-Chair of the Health and Insurance Committee and sits on the Public Health Care and Human Services Committee.
After graduating from Northglenn High School, Yadira went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Regis University. She then attended medical school at the University of Colorado and graduated with a degree as Doctor of Medicine in 2009.
Rep. Caraveo has always seen advocacy as an important part of the practice of medicine. She became an advocate for the Affordable Care Act and worked with public servants to improve the health services of her patients in New Mexico. Even during her residency, Rep. Caraveo worked to improve the working conditions of her fellow medical residents and was elected union representative for the Committee of Interns and Residents, part of the Service Employees International Union (SIEU). Also while in residency, she worked with the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington, D.C. around the issue of the health effects of climate change. In recognition of this advocacy work, Rep. Caraveo was honored by the Obama White House as a Champion of Change in 2013.
After spending three years in Albuquerque, New Mexico for her pediatric residency she was eager to return home to Colorado and Adams County, settling down in the city of Thornton where she currently resides and practices as a pediatrician.
Rep. Caraveo currently serves on board for the Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County and was on the Governor appointed Colorado Behavioral Health Transformation Council. In 2017, Yadira was appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Anythink Library system in Adams County, the same library system she visited as a child.
Her passion with politics really began when she started volunteering for political campaigns while in high school. She later decided to become more involved in her local party by becoming the Assistant Secretary of the Adams County Democrats. Frustrated by the myriad of issues affecting the lives of the children she cares for in clinic she decided to run for public office to improve the lives of the children of Colorado.