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November 11, 2022

House Democrats Elect Monica Duran Majority Leader, Jennifer Bacon as Assistant Majority Leader

For the first time in the state’s history, the Speaker, Majority Leader and Assistant Majority Leader will all be women in the upcoming 74th General Assembly

Rep. Titone, elected Caucus Co-Chair, will be the first transgender lawmaker in a caucus leadership position in the country

DENVER, CO – House Democrats today elected the leadership team for the 74th General Assembly. After electing Representative Julie McCluskie as the Speaker-designate, the caucus chose Representative Monica Duran as the next Majority Leader and Representative Jennifer Bacon as the next Assistant Majority Leader.

“I’m humbled to serve our state as the House Majority Leader, and I’m excited to get to work to move our Colorado forward and protect our Colorado way of life,” said House Majority Leader-elect Monica Duran, D-Wheat Ridge. “From reducing the cost of housing, health care and prescription drugs to protecting our environment and a woman’s right to choose, House Democrats have been laser focused on the most pressing issues in our state. With 46 Democrats and all women at the top of the leadership team, our caucus brings a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives to the important work of lawmaking. We are united in our optimism for our future, our shared values and our determination to deliver results for the great people of our state.”

“Our caucus is dedicated to listening to our communities and doing everything we can to make life better in Colorado,” said Assistant Majority Leader-elect Jennifer Bacon, D-Denver. “Improving our poor air quality and cracking down on pollution, which disproportionately impacts people of color, children and lower-income families, will be one of my top priorities. We will protect our rights to our own bodily autonomy and advance justice in our communities to ensure that every Coloradan can feel safe in their own neighborhoods. We will continue to invest in our schools because every child in our state deserves a good education and the opportunity to thrive. I look forward to delivering results for every community in every corner of our state and building on the important progress we’ve made.”

The following members were also elected to caucus leadership positions: 

  • Rep. Andrew Boesenecker, D-Fort Collins, Majority Co-Whip

  • Rep. Iman Jodeh, D-Aurora, Majority Co-Whip

  • Rep. Mandy Lindsay, D-Aurora Majority Caucus Co-Chair

  • Rep. Brianna Titone, D-Arvada, Majority Caucus Co-Chair

House Democrats will have 46 seats in the 74th General Assembly. The caucus is one of the largest and most diverse ever elected in Colorado. Over 70 percent of the incoming Democratic lawmakers are women, nearly 40 percent are people of color, and 13 percent are LGBTQ+. 

Majority Leader-elect Duran represents House District 23 in Jefferson County and was first elected in 2018. She has sponsored legislation to prevent gun violence, reduce domestic violence and improve services for survivors of crime, and protect Colorado’s furry friends and future pets. She previously served as Caucus Co-Whip.

Assistant Minority Leader-elect Bacon was first elected in 2020 and represents House District 7 in Denver. Representative Bacon’s policy priorities are education, social justice and a thriving middle class. As an educator, school administrator, lawyer, and community organizer, Rep. Bacon has committed her career to advancing opportunities through education.  From a young age, her family instilled in her the belief that education is freedom, and set her on a path to earn a JD from the College of William & Mary, a Master’s in Education from Florida International University, and Bachelor’s in Business Management from Tulane University.  Rep. Bacon has passed legislation to improve Colorado’s air quality, prepare Colorado’s students to thrive, and increase access to financial services for hardworking families. 

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