Jefferson County politicians named to legislative committees

2019 legislative session begins on Jan. 4

Posted 12/14/18

The 2019 legislative session begins on Jan. 4, and committee assignments for both the House and Senate for the Democratic and Republican parties have been announced. Colorado House of Representatives …

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Jefferson County politicians named to legislative committees

2019 legislative session begins on Jan. 4

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The 2019 legislative session begins on Jan. 4, and committee assignments for both the House and Senate for the Democratic and Republican parties have been announced.

Colorado House of Representatives

Along with appointing the chairs, vice chairs and Democratic members of all 11 House committees, Speaker-designate KC Becker, D-Boulder, reorganized various committees. However, the House will have to adopt a House resolution and a House-and-Senate Joint Resolution that authorizes the reorganization of committees at the beginning of the 2019 session.

The re-organized committees are:

The Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee will be renamed the Rural Affairs Committee. It will oversee issues important to rural Colorado, such as agriculture, water, rural broadband and rural economic development. Rep.-elect Brianna Titone, D-Arvada, will be a member of this committee.

The Health Insurance and Environment Committee will be renamed the Public Health and Insurance Committee. Titone, as well as Rep.-elect Colin Larson, R-Jefferson County, will also be a member of this committee.

As for committee chairs from Jefferson County, Assistant Majority Leader Rep. Chris Kennedy, D-Lakewood, will preside over the State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee. Rep.-elect Monica Duran, D-Lakewood, will be a member of this committee.

Kennedy will also serve on the Appropriations Committee.

Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada, will continue to serve as chair of the Business Affairs and Labor Committee. Rep.-elect Monica Duran, D-Wheat Ridge, will also serve on this committee. Kraft-Tharp will also be a member of the Appropriations Committee.

Another noteworthy committee chair assignment is that for the Education Committee. Rep. Barbara McLachlan, D-Durango, will chair the committee, succeeding Sen.-elect Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood. Rep.-elect Lisa Cutter, D-Jefferson County, and Rep.-elect Larson, R-Jefferson County, will also serve on this committee.

Cutter will be the only Democrat from Jefferson County on the Public Health Care and Human Services Committee.

Lastly, Rep.-elect Kerry Tipper, D-Lakewood, will be the vice-chair for the Finance Committee as well as a member of the Judiciary Committee.

Colorado Senate

There are a couple senate committees that will not have a Jefferson County senator serving them. They are the Finance Committee and the Judiciary Committee.

There are no Republican senators from Jefferson County serving on committees.

While the Senate Democratic Caucus has yet to announce the chair and vice chairs for both the Local Government Committee and the State Affairs Committee, there are no Democrat members from Jefferson County serving these committees, as of Dec. 4.

Something noteworthy from the Senate is that during the 2019 legislative session, the Senate will put forth a resolution to remove Energy from the Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee; and merge it with the Transportation Committee. Sen-elect Pettersen will vice-chair this new Transportation and Energy Committee, but no other Democrat senators from Jefferson County will serve on it.

Petterson will also be the vice-chair of the Health and Human Services Committee, and like her other committee assignment, she will be the only senator from Jeffco to serve the Health and Human Services Committee.

Sen. Rachel Zenzinger, D-Arvada, will chair the Appropriations Committee, but no other Democrat Jeffco senators will serve this committee. Zenzinger will also be a member of the Joint Budget Committee, which consists of six total members — three from the Senate, two from the majority and one from the minority; and three from the House, two from the majority and one from the minority.

Sen.-elect Jessie Danielson, D-Lakewood, will be the vice chair of both the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and the Business, Labor and Technology Committee. There are no other Democrat Jeffco senators serving the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, but Sen.-elect Tammy Story, D-Conifer, will serve as a member of the Business, Labor and Technology Committee.

Story will also vice-chair the Education Committee, but no other Democrat Jeffco senators will serve this committee.

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