Rep. Yadira Caraveo, MD represents Adams County in the Colorado General Assembly as the State Representative for House District 31. Currently the only medical doctor in the legislature, she utilizes her experiences from her eleven-year pediatrics career to improve our healthcare system and fight for working families state-wide.
A proud Latina and daughter of immigrant parents, Yadira grew up in the community she now serves as a pediatrician, advocate, and legislator. She still sees eighty patients per week when in clinic, and she has treated over three thousand children in Colorado and New Mexico. Meanwhile, her advocacy work prior to elected office was honored by the Obama White House when they designated her as a Champion of Change in 2013.
After the 2016 elections, she decided to get involved with her local Democratic party and run for the State House in 2018. As the Vice Chair of the House Health and Insurance Committee, she has passed legislation to invest in primary care, reform prior authorizations for procedures and tests, promote comprehensive human sexuality education, and enact new stringent oil and gas regulations to protect public health. In 2019, she secured $6 million in census outreach funding so that the state counts every Coloradan and collects the health-related data that it needs in order to receive vital resources for the state. She was a leader in the legislature’s response to the COVID-19 crisis during the 2020 session, carrying a best-in-the-nation paid sick leave bill that expanded paid sick days to all Coloradans. She also passed legislation to make polluters pay for their emissions and a referred ballot measure to establish a nicotine tax.
She earned her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Colorado and graduated cum laude from Regis University in Colorado. After medical school, she attended the pediatric residency program at the University of New Mexico.