History: Crisanta Duran Colorado’s First Latina House Speaker

Speaker-designate Crisanta Duran.

Speaker-designate Crisanta Duran.

The press release today from the Colorado House Democratic Majority announces a not-unexpected but historic first: Rep. Crisanta Duran becomes Colorado’s first-ever Latina Speaker of the House:

Speaker-Designate Duran’s elevation to speaker will become official when the entire House votes on Jan. 11, the opening day of the 2017 session. At the age of 36 but already beginning her fourth two-year term in the House, she will be the first Latina speaker in Colorado history and one of the top three figures in the state government.

Before she was elected by acclamation, Speaker-Designate Duran sought to reassure the many Coloradans made fearful by the election of Donald Trump.

“We put people ahead of ideology,” she told the caucus. “We do not leave anyone behind.”

The Democratic caucus, which grew to an all-time-high 37 members in Tuesday’s elections, elected Rep. KC Becker, D-Boulder, as majority leader. She has been vice chairwoman of the House Agriculture, Livestock & Natural Resources Committee, has been a House member since 2013 and formerly worked in land management law and policy for the U.S. Department of Interior.

“These are challenging times and we have a lot of work ahead of us,” Majority Leader Becker said. “I look forward to working with the entire House to seek solutions for Coloradans.”

Rep. K.C. Becker of Boulder will be the next House Majority Leader, with Rep. Alec Garnett as her assistant. Rep. Daneya Esgar will be majority caucus chair with Rep. Jeni Arndt as the assistant caucus chair, and Rep. Brittany Pettersen will be majority whip with Rep. Jovan Melton as majority deputy whip.

In the House, anyway, you have history made–with leadership that looks “like Colorado.”

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  1. davebarnes says:

    Not the best person.
    Falls into the crooked class according to Local 7.

  2. flatiron says:

    Can she run for governor in 2018? And why not?

  3. mamajama55 says:

    I was not at all impressed with Rep. Duran's treatment of Senator Aguilar when Duran, et al, came out against Coloradocare. Her refusal to give her senior colleague notice of her decision to call a presser against A69 showed gross unprofessionalism and discourtesy.

    • Voyageur says:

      You might want to get over that at some point, mj.  I'm sure the two discussedthe issue many times.  And you did lose almost 4-1 which might be a sign that your plan wasn't perfect after all.

      • mamajama55 says:

        I don't debate you, Voyageur. It always starts out  rationally, but quickly deteriorates into name calling and pseudo mind reading.. I end up having to defend shit I don't believe and never wrote. You never admit any wrongdoing, nor change your mind a fraction of an iota on anything. and I just refuse to play anymore.

        • Voyageur says:

          Skivvy, obviously it's not a requirement.  But legislative colleages who work together would normally give each other thecourtesy of a discussion before assailing the other's pet project.  Not doing so left hard feelings.

    • Civics101 says:

      Why was Rep. Duran required to give notice of her decision to exercise her free speech rights to Senator Aguilar?

      I applaud Rep. Duran's insight that Amendment 69 was a terrible idea, particularly as a constitutional amendment.  Good idea, or bad, it did not belong in the state constitution.

      Obviously, Colorado voters agreed wholeheartedly.  To the best of my knowledge, no proposed Colorado constitutional amendment ever failed by such a lop sided tally.

      • Voyageur says:

        Skivvy, obviously it's not a requirement.  But legislative colleages who work together would normally give each other thecourtesy of a discussion before assailing the other's pet project.  Not doing so left hard feelings.

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