State Democrats name House Whip
Following the recent vacancy from Sen. Jeff Bridges who also served as House co-whip, an election was held today to elect a new co-whip for the House Democrats. Rep. Adrienne Benavidez, D-Adams County, was unanimously elected by her Democratic House colleagues to serve as co-whip alongside Rep. James Coleman, D-Denver.
“I’d like to thank my colleagues for their support and I look forward to working with co-whip Rep. Coleman on behalf of the members of the Democratic caucus,” said Rep. Benavidez. “We are focused on lowering the cost of health care, investing in education and expanding opportunity for people across our state.”
Rep. Benavidez serves on the House Judiciary and Finance committee. Rep. Adrienne Benavidez represents House District 32, which includes Commerce City and parts of unincorporated Adams County.
This is her second term serving in the state legislature.
State Board of Education members pledge bipartisan collaboration
State Board of Education Chairwoman Angelika Schroeder and Vice Chairman Steve Durham emphasized their commitment to a bipartisan approach to education policy on Wednesday as they were both elected by their fellow board members to their leadership roles on the board.
Schroeder, a Democrat from Boulder representing the 2nd Congressional District, returns to her role as the board chair. Durham, a Republican from Colorado Springs who represents the 5th Congressional District, was elected vice-chair. Both pledge to uphold a bipartisan approach to leadership.
“I’m looking forward to working collaboratively with my fellow board members in both parties to improve outcomes for Colorado students,” Schroeder said. “We have all pledged to set aside partisan politics and do what’s best for our students.”
Durham echoed Schroeder’s commitment to a bipartisan approach.
“As a state, we have a long way to go to ensure that all students in Colorado graduate ready for a living-wage job and college, and I’m committed to putting students and parents first and leaving partisan politics behind.”
Before the board meeting began, Schroeder and Debora Scheffel were also sworn in as returning members of the State Board of Education after winning their respective elections last fall.
President Donald Trump has signed into law S. 1862, the “Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act” (the “Act”). Several provisions of the Act, including sections 6, 7, and 8, purport to dictate the position of the United States in foreign affairs and to direct certain diplomatic actions. The Administration will treat these provisions consistent with the President’s exclusive constitutional authority as the sole representative of the United States in foreign affairs.
Gov. Jared Polis delivered his first State of the State address before the General Assembly. The Governor laid out his bold vision for Colorado and the legislative session ahead. Ensuring a quality education, increasing access to affordable health care, bolstering renewable energy, and simplifying the tax code are all priorities highlighted in the speech. The administration is focused on ensuring that every Coloradan has the opportunity to succeed, no matter where they live. Read the full speech as prepared for delivery at http://bit.ly/2Ruc8Ns.
Mayor Michael B. Hancock issued the following statement on Gov. Jared Polis’ first State of the State Address: “Gov. Polis presented a bold, progressive agenda to the people of Colorado today. It’s an agenda that speaks to Denver’s values and we stand ready to help lead the way. Supporting students, making healthcare more affordable, tackling our addiction and mental health challenges, strengthening our economy and protecting our environment – these are common-sense measures that we can all get behind. “Gov. Polis is ready to get to work building a Colorado for All with these policy goals, and I’m ready to work side-by-side with him to make that vision a reality.”