|Member of the Colorado House of Representatives|
from the 4th district
|Assumed office |
January 12, 2011
|Preceded by||Jerry Frangas|
|Born||October 18, 1977|
Dan Pabon (born October 18, 1977) is the current Colorado State Representative for District 4, which encompasses Northwest Denver. He was first elected on November 2, 2010, and entered office on January 12, 2011.
Pabon grew up in the same community he is now serving in the Colorado House of Representatives. Pabon attended Holy Family and then studied engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he was elected Co-Student Body President his senior year. As a law student at CU Boulder, he worked for the Legal Aid and Defenders Program. He helped the poor and disabled obtain Social Security benefits, navigated them through family law, and acted as general counselor and advocate for those most vulnerable. Also during law school, Dan served as Class President.
After earning his JD, Pabon worked at a prestigious Denver-based law firm, where he built a practice focused on real estate and green building development. He became a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and was a strong advocate for green technologies and investing in Colorado's new energy economy. Pabon later gave up his career as a lawyer to become Northwest Denver's neighborhood attorney. His clients included neighborhood small business owners, residents, and non-profit organizations.
Pabon worked on higher education issues as the vice-chair of the Auraria Higher Education Center Board; was a voice for senior citizens as a member of the Association for Senior Citizens Board; served as the Captain of the House District 4 Democrats; and worked for two months on the Obama-Biden Presidential transition team, where he helped draft the President's first executive order on transparency and ethics in government.
The campaign kicked off in Pabon's backyard with over 150 attendees. The election required long hours and hard work, and during the ensuing months, thousands of doors were knocked and phones calls were made. The effort paid off—in the general election, Dan won over seventy-five percent of the vote.
Pabon's priorities include a healthy economy and job creation; affordable health care; transparent and accountable government; stronger protections for seniors; improved education; protection for women's reproductive rights; and full legal recognition of same-sex marriage.
2011 legislative session
|Bills Introduced in 2011 by Rep. Pabon|
(for which Rep. Pabon is the primary originating sponsor)
|HB11-1058||Concerning a requirement that the entity that administers the electronic public assistant benefits transfer service prohibit recipients from accessing cash benefits at specified locations.||Passed House, Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health and Human Services|
|HB11-1134||Concerning Restrictions on Government-Service Employment of Certain Persons Affiliated with Lobbying Public Officials for Compensation.||Lost with Amendments|
|HB11-1247||Concerning implementation of a deposit beverage container program.||House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postponed Indefinitely|
|HB11-1129||Concerning the creation of certain procurement preferences to be applied in the state procurement process.||House Committee on Economic and Business Development Postponed Indefinitely|
|HB11-1225||Concerning legal actions addressing breaches of data security that involve personal information.||House Committee on Judiciary Postponed Indefinitely|
Representative Pabon was prime sponsor on five pieces of legislation and co-prime sponsor on several more.
2012 legislative session
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Drunk Driving Conviction
Pabon was arrested for drunk driving on March 17, 2016 — St. Patrick's Day — in downtown Denver. During the course of the arrest, Pabon attempted to use his influence as an elected official to get out of the situation. He asked the Denver Police officer who pulled him over to call the city attorney or a police supervisor, but the officer refused.
In July 2016, Pabon pleaded guilty  and received a light sentence. His sentence included a year of probation, attendance at a victim-impact panel, alcohol education/treatment, monitoring of sobriety, and a small fine.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-07. Retrieved 2011-03-02.
- Denver Post http://data.denverpost.com/election/results/state-house/2010/district-4/. Missing or empty
- "CO - Election Results - Colorado Secretary of State".
- "State House 2012 Election Results - Denver Post".
- 9News. State rep sentenced for DUI. Viewed 30 July 2016..
- Denver Post. Dan Pabon should resign for trying to use status to dodge DUI arrest (Editorial). Viewed 30 July 2016.
- 9News. Body cam captures state rep's DUI arrest. Viewed 30 July 2016.
- 9News. State rep sentenced for DUI. Viewed 30 July 2016.