New Colorado House Majority Announces Committee Chairs

Released this morning by incoming Colorado House Speaker Mark Ferrandino:

Speaker-designate Mark Ferrandino appointed the chairs and vice chairs of the House committees of reference today – including a committee that will be new for the 2013 session…

“The toughest part about making these selections was having to choose from such a talented and experienced group of legislators,” Rep. Ferrandino said. “With our caucus and committee leadership now in place, I’m really excited about the 2013 legislative session. We are ready to lead.”

With 15 freshmen legislators in the 37-member caucus, Rep. Ferrandino chose to move Reps.-elect Kraft-Tharp, Moreno and Salazar into committee vice chairmanships right away.

“Have you seen our freshman class?” Rep. Ferrandino said. “Check out their bios on our website, cohousedems.com. I guarantee you will be impressed. I’ve never seen such a combination of talent, experience and diversity in any incoming group. Any one of them could have excelled in a committee post, and pretty soon every one of them will have the opportunity.”

Full list of chairs and vice-chairs, including for the new Public Health Care and Human Services Committee, after the jump.


Agriculture: Reps. Randy Fischer (D-Fort Collins) and Ed Vigil (D-Fort Garland)

Appropriations: Reps. Claire Levy (D-Boulder) and Crisanta Duran (D-Denver)

Business, Labor & Economic & Workforce Development: Rep. Angela Williams (D-Denver) and Rep.-elect Tracy Kraft-Tharp (D-Arvada)

Education: Reps. Millie Hamner (D-Dillon) and Cherylin Peniston (D-Westminster)

Finance: Reps. Lois Court (D-Denver) and Jeanne Labuda (D-Denver)

Health, Insurance & Environment: Reps. Beth McCann (D-Denver) and Sue Schafer (D-Wheat Ridge)

Judiciary: Reps. Daniel Kagan (D-Cherry Hills Village) and Pete Lee (D-Colorado Springs)

Local Government: Reps. Rhonda Fields (D-Aurora) and Jonathan Singer (D-Longmont)

Public Health Care & Human Services: Reps. Dianne Primavera (D-Broomfield) and Dave Young (D-Greeley)

State, Veterans & Military Affairs: Rep. Su Ryden (D-Aurora) and Rep.-elect Joe Salazar (D-Thornton)

Transportation & Energy: Rep. Max Tyler (D-Lakewood) and Rep.-elect Dominick Moreno (D-Commerce City)

7 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. ProgressiveCowgirlProgressiveCowgirl says:

    Proud to see Duran, Singer, and Moreno recognized–these young legislators have extraordinary energy and vision, with their whole political careers ahead of them to gain the experience and power to execute on it.

    Tracy Kraft-Tharp is as smart and seasoned as you could ask for. You couldn’t dream up a rep by writing a list of ideal traits on paper who would be more prepared than Tracy to step into a leadership position in her first term. She knows how the legislature functions, she has experience with some of the trickiest policy issues, and she’s a business expert.

    Max Tyler absolutely deserves his chairmanship–he knows more about green energy than anyone else in either house of the leg, and he’s also a businessman who understands the importance of making sustainability profitable. He will work well with Moreno and be a good mentor to this rising star.

    Schafer is well-suited to her role, too, as one of the most compassionate and hardest-working representatives in the legislature, and as the representative for Golden, where the environment is particularly critical to quality of life.

    Kagan is perfect to chair Judiciary–I’ve only talked to him a handful of times, but every time I come away thinking, “This guy is SMART.” Maybe it’s partly the accent, but he’s really, really, really sharp! He has the requisite experience in law and the level of arched-brow intolerance for ignorant bullshit necessary for that committee.

    I’m not as familiar with the rest, but I’ve heard great things about Court and Labuda.  

  2. Gilpin GuyGilpin Guy says:

    Talk about bringing things up a notch with her final term of office.  A talented, trained and dedicated public servant placed in a position of trust.  Good caucus choice.

  3. Duke Coxdukeco1 says:

    to note the difference in leadership chosen by Dems and Republicans.

    Every person chosen for a leadership role in the Republican U.S.Congress is…you guessed it…a white man.

  4. Littletonian says:

    I’m also glad to see Kagan in a well-deserved leadership role.

    For me, though, one of the most interesting parts of a new general assembly is to see the names that the new Speaker/President gives to the House and Senate committees. Wish that Ferrandino had done better than “Business, Labor & Economic & Workforce Development.” That’s altogether too many words.

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