U.S. House, CO-02
Joe Neguse represents Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District and was elected to Congress in November 2018, becoming the first African American member of Congress in the state’s history.
A 35-year-old son of refugees from Africa, Neguse’s family’s story and deeply held belief that we need people from all walks of life to speak up and engage in our democracy has motivated him to run for Congress and fight for Colorado values in Washington D.C. He is an attorney and public servant who has spent his career fighting to expand opportunities for people.
Joe graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and co-founded New Era Colorado, the state’s largest youth voter registration and mobilization non-profit in Colorado. He served a six-year term on the CU Board of Regents, where he fought to make higher education more affordable and accessible, including efforts to lower student health insurance costs and make voter registration more accessible to students, as well as working to increase wages for the University’s lowest-paid workers.
He was then was appointed at the age of 31 to lead the state’s consumer protection agency, making him one of the youngest people to serve in a state-Cabinet across the country. He led the department for two years, leading the fight to expand economic opportunities by protecting the civil rights of every Coloradan and strengthening consumer protections and safeguards.
Joe currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), Vice Chair of the Medicare for all Caucus and the Co-Freshman Representative to Leadership.
Neguse has also been busy sponsoring impactful, progressive legislation, including HR 1, to expand voting rights to include 16 and 17-year-olds to preregister to vote so when they turn 18, they are automatically added to the voter rolls, which has been successful in Colorado. That bill has passed in the House. He was one of the first original sponsors of the Green New Deal, which he sponsored before he was officially sworn into office. supporter of HR 6, he has also been committed to protecting our Dreamers.
Joe is fighting for the next generation. He has a young daughter now sees the world through her eyes, and wants the world she inherits to be better than the one we have now. He is working every day in Congress to make tangible change on climate change, immigration reform, healthcare, and protecting our democracy. There is still so much work to be done, so we need him to continue to represent the people of Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District.