During my tenure in the Colorado House of Representatives, I have earned the nickname “Representative Pueblo.” I wear that label with pride, especially since my work here is to highlight and improve my hometown as we move Colorado toward the future. My time at the Capitol is full of emails and calls from my community, but the last few weeks I have been lucky enough to have Puebloans visit me in person.
I’ve been hard at work on bills that aim in invigorate our region and propel Colorado toward the future. I discuss some of this legislation below, but I am excited to share more about my work as it is introduced.
I hope that you will continue to reach out to me as a resource in our community! I look forward to more emails, calls, and meetings about the issues that matter to you.
Chairing the Capital Development Committee
This year I have been honored to chair the Capital Development Committee, the body that allocates funding to maintain and improve all state owned buildings. Many of those buildings are a part of the campus’ of our higher education system. Before session began, the Capital Development Committee began the task of prioritizing funding for these buildings. As the new Chair of the committee, made up of 3 Democrats and 3 Republicans, I got to work to to ensure that we could all agree on the best way to take care of our state assets. Although we haven’t recommended many new shiny projects to the Joint Budget Committee to approve, we have asked that the spending priority for capital, be spent on controlled maintenance to be sure that our prior investments continue to flourish across the state. Once the JBC approves our recommendations, I will be sure top share with you what this list will meant to Pueblo.
Pueblo West High School’s AP Government Class at the Capitol
Thank you to Michelle Erickson, the teacher of PWHS’s advanced placement class on Government for bringing her students to meet me at the Capitol. They watched the action from the House Gallery and sat in on committee hearings to learn about the legislative process. We even shared a picnic lunch where we discussed my work and what it takes to run for office.
Working for Pueblo
Although my work on the Capital Development Committee has taken up a large amount of my time, I have been working on legislation that will directly effect our community.We all know what a big deal energy costs are in our region. One way I am working change this is by drafting legislation that addresses the makeup of the Public Utilities Commission. Keep checking in to learn about my forthcoming policy proposals. Another way Colorado’s elected officials are doing to address energy costs in our state is the Continuation of Low-income Energy Related Assistance. This program has done so much for the Pueblo community and I am thrilled to be a co-sponsor of this important legislation.
I am proud to be the House sponsor on the Southwest Chief Rail Commission bill that Pueblo’s own Sen. Leroy Garcia has been ushering through the Senate with Sen. Larry Crowder. Another bill I am working on with Sen. Garcia is the Create Medication-assisted Treatment Pilot Program, this legislation aims to create a program to address the issue of opioid addiction in Pueblo and across the state.
Lastly, we are still pushing the Pueblo Chile license plate through. You can help by making that sure you’ve signed the Pueblo Chile License Plate petition! Click the link below to add your name.
Leadership Pueblo at the State Capitol
Way back in 2010, I was a member of the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Pueblo Class. I remember coming to the Capitol and meeting with my elected officials. It is such a cool experience to be working at the Capitol and having them come to visit. It was a pleasure getting to know them all, I am excited to see how they continue to enrich our community.
Celebrating CSU Founders Day
Although it was the University of Southern Colorado when I attended it, I am a proud CSU-Pueblo alumni and advocate. I was so thrilled to see fellow Thunder Wolves at the Capitol for the celebration of Colorado State University’s Founders Day.