Speaker-designate Garnett Announces Committee Assignments

DENVER, CO– Speaker-designate Alec Garnett today announced the chairs, vice chairs and committee appointments for the 11 House committees of reference, appointing seven new committee chairs. Of the 22 members in committee leadership, 13 are women. 

Rep. Jeni James Arndt, D-Fort Collins, will chair the Agriculture, Livestock and Water committee, formerly known as the Rural Affairs and Agriculture committee, and veterinarian Rep.-elect Karen McCormick, D-Longmont, will be the vice chair.

“Agriculture, livestock and water have always been the lifeblood of our state, supporting jobs in every county in Colorado,” said Rep. Jeni James Arndt, D-Fort Collins. “We must ensure that our farmers and ranchers have the tools and resources they need to get through the pandemic and reemerge stronger. Our precious water resources require careful stewardship as we move into a water-short future.”

Rep. Dylan Roberts, D-Avon, will chair the Business Affairs and Labor committee, and Rep. Tom Sullivan, D-Centennial, will be the vice chair.  

“Colorado’s businesses and workers are the backbone of our economy, and we know they are struggling right now as COVID-19 spreads at dangerous rates and Congress refuses to help,” said Rep. Dylan Roberts, D-Avon. “In Colorado, we are going to support our businesses and prioritize the safety and health of our workers to help our state get through this crisis and build back stronger.”

Rep. Alex Valdez, D-Denver, will chair the Energy and Environment committee, and Rep. Edie Hooton, D-Boulder, will be the vice chair. 

“We have a responsibility to protect our air and water, as climate change and worsening wildfires threaten our Colorado way of life,” said Rep. Alex Valdez, D-Denver. “In Colorado, we’ve made tremendous progress. We’re going to continue fighting for the environmental justice our communities deserve and to secure our planet for future generations.”

Rep. Shannon Bird, D-Westminster, will chair the Finance committee, and Rep. Marc Snyder, D-Manitou Springs, will be the vice chair. 

“We have a long road ahead to recover from this pandemic,” said Rep. Shannon Bird, D-Westminster. “A necessary part of our recovery is ensuring that small businesses and hardworking families get through these challenging months and bounce back stronger. We will do this by ensuring that our policies are smart, common sense and fiscally responsible.” 

Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City, will chair the Public and Behavioral Health and Human Services committee, formerly called the Public Health and Human Services Committee, and Rep. Emily Sirota, D-Denver, will be the vice chair. 

“As a longtime champion of access to behavioral health, it breaks my heart to see how hard this pandemic has been on adults as well as children across our state,” said Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City. “To build back stronger, we must ensure that every Coloradan has access to the mental and physical health care and support services they need to recover.”

Rep. Tony Exum, Sr., D-Colorado Springs, will chair the Transportation & Local Government committee, and Rep. Matt Gray, D-Broomfield, will be the vice chair. 

“Our local governments are on the frontlines responding to this pandemic, providing testing, health care, and so many other critical services,” said Rep. Tony Exum, Sr., D-Colorado Springs. “To boost our economy, we have to work together in a bipartisan way to improve our transportation infrastructure and invest in our state’s future. It is an honor to chair this committee, and I look forward to working with Colorado’s cities, counties and towns to help our state get through this crisis. ”

Following the precedent in which the members of the Joint Budget Committee are appointed to lead the Appropriations committee, Rep. Leslie Herod, D-Denver, will be the Appropriations committee chair and Rep. Julie McCluskie, D-Dillon, will be the vice chair. Rep. McCluskie will continue to serve as vice chair of the Joint Budget Committee and will chair that committee in the second year of the 73rd General Assembly. All seven majority lawmakers on the Appropriations committee are women. 

“With so many hardworking families and small businesses just barely hanging on, I know we have a lot of work ahead to help our state recover from this pandemic and build back stronger,” said Rep. Leslie Herod, D-Denver. “We’re going to have to make a lot of tough decisions due to our state’s limited budget, but I’m excited to see the legislation lawmakers are going to bring forward to help all Coloradans, especially those disproportionately impacted by this pandemic, make ends meet and have a fair shot to succeed as our economy recovers.”

Rep. Barbara McLachlan, D-Durango, will continue to chair the Education committee, and Rep. Mary Young, D-Greeley, will be the vice chair. Rep. Susan Lontine, D-Denver, will continue to chair the Health and Insurance committee, and Rep. Yadira Caraveo, D-Thornton, will continue to serve as vice chair. Rep. Mike Weissman, D-Aurora, will continue to chair the Judiciary committee, and Rep. Kerry Tipper, D-Lakewood, will be the vice chair. Rep. Chris Kennedy, D-Lakewood, will continue to chair the newly named State, Civic, Military and Veterans Affairs committee, and Rep. Steven Woodrow, D-Denver, will be the vice chair. 

Committee structure, leadership and majority caucus appointments are made by the Speaker.

“House Democrats are humbled by the trust Coloradans have placed in us as we continue to govern responsibly through the worst public health and economic crisis our nation has seen in recent memory,” said Speaker-designate Alec Garnett, D-Denver. “Our committee leadership reflects the diverse voices of all our communities. Together, we’re going to help Colorado build back stronger by forging an economic recovery where everyone has a fair shot to succeed and no one is left behind.”

The complete list of Majority committee assignments is below:

Agriculture, Livestock, and Water Committee (7-4)

  • Chair, Rep. Jeni Arndt, D-Fort Collins
  • Vice Chair, Rep.-elect Karen McCormick, D-Longmont
  • Rep. Lisa Cutter, D-Jefferson County
  • Rep. Susan Lontine, D-Denver
  • Rep. Barbara McLachlan, D-Durango
  • Rep. Dylan Roberts, D-Avon
  • Rep. Donald Valdez, D-La Jara

Appropriations Committee (7-4)

  • Chair, Rep. Leslie Herod, D-Denver
  • Vice Chair, Rep. Julie McCluskie, D-Dillon
  • Rep.-elect Lindsey Daugherty, D-Arvada
  • Rep. Monica Duran, D-Wheat Ridge
  • Rep.-elect Iman Jodeh, D-Aurora
  • Rep. Cathy Kipp, D-Fort Collins
  • Rep. Kerry Tipper, D-Lakewood

Business Affairs and Labor Committee (8-5)

  • Chair, Rep. Dylan Roberts, D-Avon
  • Vice Chair, Rep. Tom Sullivan, D-Centennial
  • Rep.-elect Judy Amabile, D-Boulder
  • Rep. Shannon Bird, D-Westminster
  • Rep. Monica Duran, D-Wheat Ridge
  • Rep. Kyle Mullica, D-Northglenn
  • Rep.-elect Naquetta Ricks, D-Aurora
  • Rep. Marc Snyder, D-Manitou Springs

Education Committee (6-3)

  • Chair, Rep. Barbara McLachlan, D-Durango
  • Vice Chair, Rep. Mary Young, D-Greeley
  • Rep. Yadira Caraveo, D-Thornton
  • Rep. Tony Exum, Sr., D-Colorado Springs
  • Rep. Cathy Kipp, D-Fort Collins
  • Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City

Energy and Environment Committee (8-5)

  • Chair, Rep. Alex Valdez, D-Denver
  • Vice Chair, Rep. Edie Hooton, D-Boulder
  • Rep.-elect Tracey Bernett, D-Longmont
  • Rep. Meg Froelich, D-Englewood
  • Rep. Dominique Jackson, D-Aurora
  • Rep. Emily Sirota, D-Denver
  • Rep. Brianna Titone, D-Arvada
  • Rep. Mike Weissman, D-Aurora

Finance Committee (7-4)

  • Chair, Rep. Shannon Bird, D-Westminster
  • Vice Chair, Rep. Marc Snyder, D-Manitou Springs
  • Rep. Adrienne Benavidez, D-Adams County
  • Rep.-elect Lindsey Daugherty, D-Arvada
  • Rep. Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez, D-Denver
  • Rep. Matt Gray, D-Broomfield
  • Rep. Cathy Kipp, D-Fort Collins

Health and Insurance Committee (8-5)

  • Chair, Rep. Susan Lontine, D-Denver
  • Vice Chair, Rep. Yadira Caraveo, D-Thornton
  • Rep. Dominique Jackson, D-Aurora
  • Rep. Chris Kennedy, D-Lakewood
  • Rep.-elect Karen McCormick, D-Longmont
  • Rep. Kyle Mullica, D-Northglenn
  • Rep.-elect David Ortiz, D-Littleton
  • Rep. Brianna Titone, D-Arvada

Judiciary Committee (7-4)

  • Chair, Rep. Mike Weissman, D-Aurora
  • Vice Chair, Rep. Kerry Tipper, D-Lakewood
  • Rep.-elect Jennifer Bacon, D-Denver
  • Rep. Adrienne Benavidez, D-Adams County
  • Rep.-elect Lindsey Daugherty, D-Arvada
  • Rep. Dylan Roberts, D-Avon
  • Rep. Steven Woodrow, D-Denver

Public and Behavioral Health and Human Services Committee (8-5)

  • Chair, Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City
  • Vice Chair, Rep. Emily Sirota, D-Denver
  • Rep. Lisa Cutter, D-Jefferson County
  • Rep. Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez, D-Denver
  • Rep.-elect Iman Jodeh, D-Aurora
  • Rep.-elect David Ortiz, D-Littleton
  • Rep.-elect Naquetta Ricks, D-Aurora
  • Rep. Mary Young, D-Greeley

State, Civic, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee (7-4)

  • Chair, Rep. Chris Kennedy, D-Lakewood
  • Vice Chair, Rep. Steven Woodrow, D-Denver
  • Rep.-elect Judy Amabile, D-Boulder
  • Rep.-elect Jennifer Bacon, D-Denver
  • Rep.-elect Tracey Bernett, D-Longmont
  • Rep. Monica Duran, D-Wheat Ridge
  • Rep. Alex Valdez, D-Denver

Transportation and Local Government Committee (7-4)

  • Chair, Rep. Tony Exum, Sr., D-Colorado Springs
  • Vice Chair, Rep. Matt Gray, D-Broomfield
  • Rep. Jeni Arndt, D-Fort Collins
  • Rep. Meg Froelich, D-Englewood
  • Rep. Edie Hooton, D-Boulder
  • Rep. Tom Sullivan, D-Centennial
  • Rep. Donald Valdez, D-La Jara

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