Democratic Elected Officials
US Senator since 2011
Michael F. Bennet was elected United States Senator for Colorado in November 2010. A newcomer to politics with experience in business and public service, he is widely-recognized as a pragmatic, innovative and independent thinker driven by a deep-seated obligation to create more opportunity for the next generation.
US Senator since 2021
Former Colorado Governor and Mayor of Denver, John Hickenlooper was elected United States Senator for Colorado in November 2020. John started his career as a geologist and went on to start the first brew pub in downtown Denver. After becoming involved in activism, John went on to become Mayor of Denver, launching his political career.
Governor Of Colorado since 2019
Governor Jared Polis is an entrepreneur, education leader, and public servant. After launching several successful companies, Governor Polis committed himself to making sure other Coloradans had the opportunity to pursue their dreams through founding schools for at-risk students and new immigrants and started nonprofits to help veterans. Prior to serving as Governor, Polis served on the State Board of Education and represented Colorado's 2nd Congressional district.
State Of Colorado Attorney General since 2019
Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser was sworn in as the State’s 39th Attorney General on January 8, 2019. As the state’s chief legal officer, Attorney General Weiser is committed to protecting the people of Colorado and building an innovative and collaborative organization that will address a range of statewide challenges, from addressing the opioid epidemic to reforming our criminal justice system to protecting our land, air, and water.
Attorney General Weiser has dedicated his life to the law, justice, and public service. Before running for office, Weiser served as the Hatfield Professor of Law and Dean of the University of Colorado Law School, where he founded the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship and co-chaired the Colorado Innovation Council.
Weiser served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice and as Senior Advisor for Technology and Innovation in the Obama Administration’s National Economic Council. He served on President Obama’s Transition Team, overseeing the Federal Trade Commission and previously served in President Bill Clinton’s Department of Justice as senior counsel to the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division, advising on telecommunications matters.
Before his appointment at the Justice Department, Weiser served as a law clerk to Justices Byron R. White and Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the United States Supreme Court and to Judge David Ebel at the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Colorado.
The son and grandson of Holocaust survivors, Weiser is deeply committed to the American Dream and ensuring opportunity for all Coloradans. Weiser lives in Denver with his wife, Dr. Heidi Wald, and their two children.
Colorado Secretary of State since 2019
Jena Marie Griswold is Colorado’s 39th Secretary of State, and began her term on January 8, 2019. She is the youngest elected Secretary of State in the United States. Griswold grew up in a working-class family in rural Colorado and was the first person in her family to attend a four-year college and then law school. She knows first-hand how important it is for every vote to count and for every Coloradan's voice to be heard, no matter their background or income. She will protect our right to vote, fight secret political spending, improve transparency, and stand up to those who try to bend the rules or break the law.
Griswold has practiced international anti-corruption law and worked as a voter protection attorney, where she made sure Coloradans were able to participate in our democracy. She served as the Director of the Governor of Colorado’s DC Office, advocating on behalf of Colorado in D.C. During that time, Griswold was instrumental in bringing back hundreds of millions of relief dollars to help the Colorado communities hit by the 2013 flood. Before her election to Colorado Secretary of State, Griswold ran her own small business, a legal practice in Louisville.
Griswold holds a B.A. in Politics and Spanish Literature from Whitman College and a J.D from University of Pennsylvania Law School. Griswold is fluent in Spanish and a graduate of Estes Park High School in Estes Park, Colorado. In 2006, Griswold was awarded the Watson Fellowship, and in 2009, the Penn Law International Human Rights Fellowship. Griswold is not married and lives in Louisville, Colorado.
"I am honored to serve the people of Colorado as Secretary of State. I will protect our elections and increase voter turnout, fight secret political spending, and provide Colorado’s small businesses and entrepreneurs with the tools they need to succeed. Our state and our country deserve a democracy that we all can believe in." - Jena Griswold
Colorado State Treasurer since 2019
A native Coloradan, Dave Young is honored, humbled, and excited to serve as Colorado State Treasurer. Dave taught math, science, and technology at Heath Junior High in Greeley from 1975 to 1999. He worked for two years as an information architect with iXL, an international Web design firm, and another two years as a coder for a small programming company in Colorado Springs that performed DoD programming for NORAD. For nearly a decade, Dave worked as a senior instructor for the Information and Learning Technologies program at CU - Denver.
He never planned to enter politics, but Dave's younger sister is challenged with significant disabilities and he could see the difficulties she had getting care. He learned his sister wasn't the only one struggling to get essential services, and decided to run for office to fix a system that was taking advantage of the most vulnerable in our society.
Appointed to the Colorado legislature from House District 50 in 2011, Dave was then elected to that position in 2012. He was re-elected twice more. Throughout his career, Dave has seen first-hand how pivotal education and training are for opening opportunities for people. That's why he was pleased to be appointed to serve on the following committees: House Public Health Care and Human Services, Education, Health, Insurance and Environment, Transportation, and Appropriations. In November 2014, Dave was appointed to the Joint Budget Committee and as the Chair of the House Appropriations Committee.
Dave earned his Bachelor's degree in Mathematics at Colorado State University, and a Masters in Information and Learning Technologies at CU Denver. He is married to Mary Young, Ph.D., who has worked in the Greeley schools and neighboring school districts through the Board of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES). She has been a special education teacher, a special education coordinator, and a school psychologist. She is now the State Representative for HD 50 (Greeley, Evans, and Garden City). Dave's sister, who is challenged with intellectual and developmental disabilities, lives in Pueblo West.
Dave was sworn in as Colorado State Treasurer in January 2019. As State Treasurer, Dave has advocated for legislation that centers economic justice, including college savings accounts, small business loan funding, and the Colorado Secure Savings Program.
State Senator District 11 since 2019
Pete Lee is the State Senator for Colorado SD11. He has been a lawyer, a small business owner, an executive at a NYSE listed corporation and served in the Colorado House of Representatives from 2018-2018. Senator Lee and his wife Lynn have lived in Colorado Springs for over 40 years.
He has sponsored legislation to transform our criminal justice system from one of retribution to one of restoration and rehabilitation; to grow our economy and support small business workforce development; and to expand access to capital in small stock offerings.
Colorado Representative for House District 17 since 2017
The Representative for Colorado's 17th House District, Tony has lived in Southeast COS for more than 60 years--36 of which he spent as a local firefighter. From running into burning buildings, to passing legislation ensuring that every child gets to start the school day with a full stomach, public service has been the driving motivation behind Tony's entire adult life.
Tony has served in the Colorado House of Representatives continuously since 2017 and also held the same office from 2013 to 2015.
State House District 18 Representative since 2019
Folks in the Pikes Peak region are most likely to recognize me from my 12-year tenure – six of those as mayor – on the Manitou Springs City Council, from which I retired in January 2016. It was certainly an extraordinary time to be at the helm as we faced catastrophic fires and floods, a recession, and numerous other landmark changes to our institutions and infrastructure. Fortunately, I was surrounded by a lot of smart people and I was able to apply the skills, connections, and experience I’ve honed over my diverse 30-year-career. Together, we were able to secure grants for flood damage and mitigation that will protect Manitou for generations, which makes me very proud. Marijuana dispensaries now contribute over $1 million every year to the city’s coffers, a revenue stream that is literally helping to pave the way toward all sorts of local improvements. And, we expanded open space to Iron Mountain and the Manitou Incline which provide unique recreational opportunities to our citizens and visitors.
By profession, I am an attorney. I obtained my law degree from Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia in 1987. My practice is in wills, trusts, and estates law, specializing in helping families with adults or children who have disabilities. This area of law has been my focus since I opened the doors to my practice on West Colorado Avenue in 1995 and fulfills a long-held desire I have always had to protect and defend the rights of citizens with special needs.
CU Regent since 2019
University of Colorado Regent Lesley Smith spent nearly 30 years as a scientist and educator at CU; she has a son who now attends CU Boulder.
Smith graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara, then earned a Ph.D. at the University of Maryland. While writing her dissertation, she became the first woman aquanaut in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s underwater research habitat, Aquarius. Only a few women worked at the University of Maryland’s marine labs, and Smith was the only one selected to join the aquanaut team, where she lived underwater and conducted research on coral reefs for a week.
Her CU career began in 1989 with a Visiting Scientist Fellowship at CU Boulder’s Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences (CIRES). She loved working in the field as a research scientist, but also wanted to share the joy of inquiry-based scientific exploration and discovery with students. She taught an intensive, three-week Lake and Stream Ecology field class at CU’s Mountain Research Station for 10 summers.
At the time of her April 2018 retirement, Smith was associate director of education and outreach for CIRES, the largest research institution at CU. She raised more than $7 million in grant money from the National Science Foundation to bring science alive in classrooms with professional development support for rural and Front Range teachers, and fellowship support for science graduate students to partner with teachers in the Boulder Valley School District. She also directed the Research Experience for Community College Students program, which prepares students from across Colorado to be successful in four-year STEM degree programs.
As a community leader, Smith in 2005 won election to the Boulder Valley School Board, on which she served for eight years. Smith was elected to serve as vice chair of the Board of Regents in 2020.
Smith and her husband, Michael, live in Boulder, where they raised two now-grown children.