Daneya Esgar

Majority Leader


State Representative Daneya Esgar is the Majority Leader of the Colorado House of Representatives, and the first openly gay woman to serve in House leadership in Colorado. She was first elected in 2014, and is wrapping up her fourth and final term serving Pueblo County as the Representative for House District 46.

During her eight years in the legislature, Rep. Esgar has passed more than 175 bills on a wide range of subjects. She has improved healthcare affordability and access through the elimination of surprise medical billing; expanded treatment options for opioid and other substance use disorders; and required insurance companies to provide coverage for critical preventive health services, including STI testing and contraception. She has led the fights to end conversion therapy, to enhance anti-discrimination protections and equal rights for LGBTQ Coloradans, and to create a more equitable and fair school finance system through her work in and outside of the Capitol.

Majority Leader Esgar's 2022 legislative session featured several landmark successes, including the distribution of historic state and federal stimulus funds to Coloradans across the state, expanding collective bargaining rights to county employees, and passing the Reproductive Health Equity Act (RHEA) to guarantee that pregnant Coloradans can make their own healthcare choices, free of interference or coercion.

She has served in multiple leadership roles in addition to Majority Leader, including Chair of the Joint Budget Committee, Chair of the LGBTQ Caucus, Chair of the Capital Development Committee, Vice Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, and Co-Chair of the House Democratic Caucus. This year, she also began her four-year term serving as a member of the Front Range Passenger Rail District Board of Directors, which is charged with implementing an interconnected passenger rail system along the Interstate 25 corridor.

Born and raised in Pueblo, Esgar is the proud granddaughter of steelworkers, a product of Pueblo City Schools and a graduate of Colorado State University—Pueblo. She has worked as a television news producer, in higher education, and as a community organizer focusing on poverty and communities of color in Pueblo. She is known for her work on issues of equality, education, health care, and justice.

Rep. Esgar lives in Pueblo with her wife, Heather, daughter, Marlo, and their two dogs, Bella and Huck.

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Daneya Esgar