|Member of the Colorado House of Representatives
from the 18th district
January 11, 2011
|Preceded by||Michael Merrifield|
|Born||October 11, 1947|
|Residence||Colorado Springs, Colorado|
|Alma mater||University of Akron School of Law
Wharton School of Finance
Ohio Wesleyan University
Pete Lee (born October 11, 1947) is a legislator in the U.S. state of Colorado. He was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2010, as a Democrat representing House District 18, which includes central Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs in El Paso County.
Lee lives in Colorado Springs and has three grown children. In his early adulthood, Lee worked in personnel for the Holly Sugar Corporation, a Fortune-500 company headquartered in Colorado Springs and later bought by Imperial Sugar. It was while working there that Lee took his bar exam and was admitted to the Colorado Bar Association. He practiced law for twenty-five years, first with a firm and later as a solo practitioner, representing individuals and small business owners in commercial and real estate transactions, employment, equal employment opportunity, franchising and litigation and criminal law.
Lee has also worked infrequently as a real-estate agent, a college instructor and once owned 3 local potato restaurants.
An avid skier, Lee often skis with other state representatives and friends in Winter Park and other Colorado resorts on weekends.
Legislative career 
2010 election 
In November 2010, Lee won a highly-contested State House race against Republican Karen Cullen, receiving 54.5 percent of the vote to 45.4 percent in a district within Republican-dominated El Paso County. Lee's win kept the seat in Democratic hands during the 2010 midterm elections in which Republican candidates claimed most vulnerable seats in the state and country.
2011 Legislative Session 
|Bills Introduced in 2011 by Rep. Lee
(for which Rep. Lee is the primary originating sponsor)
|HB11-1032||Concerning restorative justice].||Sent to Governor|
|HB11-1129||"Buy Colorado" procurement preferences.||Postponed Indefinitely in House Committee|
|HB11-1132||On-bill home weatherization financing.||Postponed Indefinitely in House Committee|
|HB11-1203||Criminal record sealing.||Signed by Gov. Hickenlooper|
|HB11-1219||Uniform Military and Overseas Voting Act.||Signed by Gov. Hickenlooper|
|HB11-1266||Economic Development Small Business Seed Capitol Market.||Postponed Indefinitely in House Committee|
In 2011 Lee was assigned by his party to the House Judiciary Committee and the House Local Government Committee for his freshman year in the legislature.
Drawing on his experience and interest in criminal justice law, Lee has introduced legislation promoting victims' rights and reducing recidivism. He advocates for laws allowing prosecutors or victims to use restorative justice, which is an approach to crime that focuses on the emotional needs and interests of victims, encourages offenders to take responsibility for their crimes and supports sentences that pay victims back when possible. Lee introduced a bill in 2011 to define and promote Restorative Justice in Colorado state law, encouraging it as an alternative to the existing corrections system in some cases and as a compliment to it in others.
Lee also took a stand in favor of voting rights, and has supported increasing the convenience of and access to voting in order to improve turnout. In 2011 he supported the Uniform Military and Overseas Voting Act to help ensure that U.S. citizens in the armed forces stationed overseas are able to vote, and opposed legislation that would require citizens to have a birth certificate or Social Security card on-hand to register.
2012 legislative session 
|This section requires expansion. (November 2012)|
2012 election 
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- "State Representative District 18". District Information - Boundary Data. comaps.org. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
- "About Pete". peteleecolorado.com. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
- Bartels, Lynn. "Democratic Lawmakers Hit the Slope". The Spot Blog. The Denver Post. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
- "El Paso County: State House District 18 Election Results". Election '10. The Denver Post. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
- "Colo. House Minority Leader Unveils Committee Assignments". State Bill News. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
- McNally, Ali. "Restorative Justice Bills Introduced in Colorado House, Senate". State Bill Colorado. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
- Karnes, Bea. "State House approves bill to ensure voting rights of deployed military". NewsFirst5, Colorado Springs and Pueblo. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
- "CO - Election Results - Colorado Secretary of State".
- "State House 2012 Election Results - Denver Post".