Crisanta Duran

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Crisanta Duran
Rep. Crisanta Duran (D-Denver).jpg
Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives
Assumed office
January 11, 2017
Preceded byDickey Lee Hullinghorst
Majority Leader of the Colorado House of Representatives
In office
January 7, 2015 – January 11, 2017
Preceded byDickey Lee Hullinghorst
Succeeded byKC Becker
Member of the Colorado House of Representatives
from the 5th district
Assumed office
January 11, 2011
Preceded byJoel Judd
Personal details
Born (1980-08-23) August 23, 1980 (age 38)
Boulder, Colorado, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of Denver (BA)
University of Colorado, Boulder (JD)

Crisanta Duran (born August 23, 1980)[1] is an American legislator and the current Speaker of the House of Representatives in the U.S. state of Colorado.[2] Duran is the first Latina Speaker of the House in state history.[3] Elected to the Colorado House of Representatives as a Democrat in 2010, Duran represents House District 5, which encompasses part of northwest Denver.

Early life[edit]

Duran was born in Boulder, Colorado,[2] and was one of three children.[4] Duran's father worked at a tire shop before eventually becoming the president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 union.[4] Duran graduated from the University of Denver in 2002, double-majoring in Spanish and public policy.[5] She earned a juris doctorate from the University of Colorado.[5]

Career[edit]

After law school, she became an attorney with the United Food and Commercial Workers.[6] In 2010, Duran won election to the Colorado House of Representatives for a seat based in western Denver.[6] Duran was elected as the Colorado House majority leader in November 2014.[7] In 2014, the Washington Post named Duran to its "40 under 40" list of rising political stars.[8] She currently serves on the Board of Advisors of Let America Vote, an organization founded by former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander that aims to end voter suppression.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bartels, Lynn (August 22, 2013). "Reps. Cristana Duran, Cory Gardner blow out the candles". The Denver Post. Retrieved June 3, 2016. Duran, a Denver Democrat, turns 33 Friday
  2. ^ a b "Crisanta Duran". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved March 12, 2011.
  3. ^ Olabi, Nora (2018-07-09). "Outgoing Denver Democrat Crisanta Duran on the Past Eight Years at the Capitol". Westword. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  4. ^ a b Bunch, Joey (July 25, 2016). "Crisanta Duran, Colorado House Democratic leader, set to address DNC Thursday". The Denver Post. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Williams, Kevin (September 27, 2012). "State Rep. Crisanta Duran dedicated to community service". University of Denver Magazine. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Aparicio, Diego (July 28, 2015). "Crisanta Duran, a legacy that aims to all four Colorado corners". Denver Post. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  7. ^ Bartels, Lynn (November 14, 2014). "Colorado House Dems elect state's first all-female top leadership team". The Denver Post. Retrieved June 3, 2016.
  8. ^ Blake, Aaron (May 19, 2014). "40 under 40". Washington Post. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  9. ^ "Advisors". Let America Vote. Retrieved May 1, 2018.

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Colorado House of Representatives
Preceded by
Dickey Lee Hullinghorst
Majority Leader of the Colorado House of Representatives
2015–2017
Succeeded by
KC Becker
Political offices
Preceded by
Dickey Lee Hullinghorst
Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives
2017–present
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