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|Member of the Colorado House of Representatives|
from the 28th district
|Assumed office |
|Preceded by||Andy Kerr|
|Alma mater||Metropolitan State University of Denver|
Pettersen was first elected to represent House District 28 in the 2012 election. She has lived in Jefferson County for almost her whole life and was the first member of her family to graduate from college.
Before running for State Representative she worked for New Era Colorado, which is a non-profit whose mission is to increase youth participation in politics and the government process.
In the 2014 legislative session, Pettersen sponsored legislation to assist Colorado’s students and families. One bill would help low- and middle-income students receive more tuition assistance and provide more support to students so they can complete their degree. Two other bills help families making less than $25,000 a year find affordable child care and give counties in the state more flexibility to help parents stay in the workforce.
During the 2013 session, Pettersen sponsored a bill cutting red-tape to make it easier for Coloradans to put their income tax returns into a college savings account. She also sponsored a bill that allows someone who dropped out of high school to complete their high school education at a junior or community college.
2013 legislative session
Pettersen sponsored legislation making it easier for taxpayers to put their income tax returns into a college savings account as well as legislation allowing someone who dropped out of high school to finish their education requirements at a community or junior college.
2014 legislative session
Pettersen passed legislation to help more Colorado students get a college education by providing more tuition assistance to low- and middle-income Colorado families. She also sponsored legislation to help struggling families find affordable childcare so that parents can remain in their jobs and continue to pursue their careers.
2018 congressional election
On April 9, 2017, following Ed Perlmutter's announcement that he was running for Governor of Colorado rather than reelection in 2018, Pettersen announced her candidacy for Colorado's 7th congressional district seat. However after Ed Perlmutter's announcement to reenter the congressional race she ended her campaign.
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