State Public Service

You Deserve A Mayor That Will Put “You and Thornton First”

I had the honor of serving you as your District 24 State Senator from 2015-2018.

As your citizen legislator during my term at the State Legislature, I was appointed to serve on Committees of Reference as well as a variety of other committees when the Legislature was not in session.  I also attended conferences, meetings with agencies, outside organizations, conducted stakeholder meetings regarding potential bill proposals, met with constituents, spoke with Colorado Congressional delegation members, spoke with groups and assisted residents statewide when they called, emailed or wrote to me asking for my help. I participated in national groups to stay ahead of issues that were being discussed on the Hill in Washington DC regarding new healthcare initiatives, grant funding opportunities, spoke with other State Legislators, participated frequently as a panelist, being a guest speaker and was engaged in various groups that allowed me to seek information that was beneficial to you and our great state.

Committees of Reference:

  • Senate Health and Human Services Committee, Vice Chair 2017-2018, Committee Member since 2015
  • Senate Local Government Committee, Chair 2017-2018, Committee Member since 2015
  • Joint Technology CommitteeVice Chair 2018, Chair 2017, Member since 2015
  • Legislative Statute Revision CommitteeVice Chair 2018, Chair 2017
  • Mental Health Disorders in the Juvenile and Criminal Justice
  • System Legislative Oversight Committee Vice Chair 2018, Chair 2017, Vice Chair 2016, Chair 2015

Legislative Involvement Year-Round and During the Interim

  • Aerospace Caucus Member
  • Aging Caucus, Founding Co-Chair
  • Cancer, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Diseases Grants Oversight Committee Senate Representative Member
  • Cancer Caucus, Founding Co-Chair
  • Colorado Legislative Animal Welfare Caucus Member
  • Colorado Health Exchange Legislative Oversight Committee Senate Member
  • Colorado Legislative Women’s Caucus Member
  • Council of State Governments West Member & Health Policy Committee Member
  • Domestic Violence Caucus Member
  • DUID Task Force Participant Interim 2017
  • Early Childhood School Readiness Legislative Oversight Commission – Member 2015, Vice Chair 2016, Chair 2017, Member 2018
  • General Assembly Workplace Sexual Assault and Harassment Study Committee 2018
  • Governor’s Mental Health Hold Interim Task Force 2016
  • Health Equity Grants Oversight Commission Senate Representative Member 2015-2017
  • Latina’s Lead (part of NHCSL) Member 2016-2018
  • Mental Health Caucus Member
  • National Conference of State Legislators Member
  • National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (Member 2015-2018)
  • National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, Director 2016-2018
  • Sportsman’s Caucus Member
  • Victims Rights Caucus Member
  • Western Leadership Academy 2016 Alumni Member
  • Women in Government – Colorado State Director 2016-2018

Legislative Work Recognition:

  • 2018 Friend of Physical Therapy Award: American Physical Therapy Association – Colorado Chapter
  • 2018 Common Sense in the Courtroom Award: Colorado Civil Justice League
  • 2018 Champion of Economic Justice: Colorado Center on Law and Policy
  • 2018 Women of Excellence Award from the National Foundation for Women Legislators (received in Washington, DC)
  • 2017 Legislator of the Year: Junior League of Denver
  • 2017 Regional Policy Council Legislative Award: Mental Health America
  • 2017 Common Sense in the Courtroom Award: Colorado Civil Justice League
  • 2016 Legislator of the Year: Mental Health Colorado
  • 2016 Legislator of the Year: GreenCO
  • 2016 Serving Our Seniors Award: Colorado Senior Lobby
  • 2016 Common Sense in the Courtroom Award: Colorado Civil Justice League
  • 2016 Leadership Award: Colorado Respite Coalition
  • 2016 Legislative Award: Colorado Social Legislation Committee
  • 2016 Legislator of the Year: Colorado County Clerks Association

Additional Involvement:

  • Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame Education Advisory Group Member
  • Multiple Sclerosis Fundraising Bike Event – 2019 marks 17 years as a SAG volunteer
  • Project Angel Heart, assisted with meal prep packaging