Daniel Kagan

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Daniel Kagan
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Member of the Colorado Senate
from the 26th district
Assumed office
January 11, 2017
Preceded by Linda Newell
Member of the Colorado House of Representatives
from the 3rd district
In office
March 30, 2009[1] – January 11, 2017
Preceded by Anne McGihon
Succeeded by Jeff Bridges
Personal details
Born c. 1953
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Faye Kagan
Children Abra
Alma mater University of East Anglia
George Washington University
Yale Law School
Profession Attorney
Website www.dankagan.com

Daniel Kagan (born c. 1953[2]) is a politician in the U.S. state of Colorado. An attorney, Kagan was appointed by a Democratic Party vacancy committee to the Colorado House of Representatives in March 2009 to fill the vacancy caused by Anne McGihon's resignation. Subsequently elected and re-elected in the 2010, 2012, and 2014 general elections, he represented House District 3, which encompasses south Denver.[3] In the 2016 general election, he was elected to District 26 of the Colorado Senate, beating his Republican opponent with 53.48% of the vote.[4]


The son of Joseph Kagan, Baron Kagan, he was educated at Rugby School, the University of East Anglia, George Washington University (BA, 1984), and Yale Law School (JD, 1987).[5]

Rep. Kagan represents House District 3 encompassing Sheridan, Englewood, Greenwood Village and Cherry Hills Village, parts of Littleton and unincorporated Arapahoe county. Rep. Kagan was appointed in 2009 and was re-elected in 2010 and 2012.

He has sponsored legislation to tighten Colorado’s marijuana laws to prevent children from accidentally eating marijuana and prevent minors from purchasing marijuana.[6] He also sponsored a bill to ensure that police officers have on-going training in high speed pursuits and firearms training.[7]

During the 2013 session Rep. Kagan sponsored a bill to allow law enforcement to quickly get cell phone location information in emergency situations.[8] He also sponsored legislation creating a Sexual Assault Victim Emergency Payment Program to make sure that a victim of sexual assault does not have a huge hospital bill to pay.[8]

In the 2012 session Rep. Kagan sponsored the Skills for Jobs Act which directs Colorado to create more accurate workforce projections so that workforce development and training programs are teaching skills that are actually in demand in the labor market.[9] During the 2011 session Rep. Kagan supported a bill allowing children on the Basic Children’s Health Plan to visit a health clinic in their schools without a copay.[10]

Before being elected to serve in the legislature, Rep. Kagan was flight instructor, working with retired military pilots to train on civilian aircraft.[11]

Legislative career[edit]

2009 appointment[edit]

Rep. Anne McGihon announced that she would resign from the legislature, effective March 27, 2009[12] Kagan, who had already filed to run to replace the term-limited McGihon, declared his candidacy for the vacancy appointment.[2]

A vacancy committee, meeting during a spring blizzard, elected Kagan to the seat over ten other candidates after three rounds of voting; Kagan edged out blogger and legislative aide Aaron Silverstein in the final round of voting to win the seat.[13] Kagan had volunteered in McGihon's legislative office earlier during the legislative session. He was sworn into office on March 30, 2009.[1]

2010 and 2011 legislative sessions[edit]

Kagan defeated Christine Mastin in the 2010 general election for a term that will run through 2012. He serves on the House Finance, and House Judiciary committees. Among the bills he has sponsored into law are measures to preserve low income housing, and measures to assist Colorado school-based health centers.

2012 election[edit]

In the 2012 General Election, Representative Kagan faced Republican challenger Brian Watson. Watson is the CEO and Founder of Northstar Commercial Partners.[14] Kagan was reelected by a margin of 50.3% to 45.1%.[15][16]

2013 Legislative Session[edit]

Rep. Kagan supported legislation creating a Sexual Assault Victim Emergency Payment Program to ensure that victims of sexual assault are not left with a large hospital bill after receiving treatment.[17] He also sponsored legislation enabling law enforcement to quickly get cell phone location information in emergency situations.[8]

2014 Legislative Session[edit]

Rep. Kagan supported legislation to ensure that juveniles going through court proceedings have access to an attorney[18] He also sponsored bills to tighten Colorado’s marijuana laws to ensure that minors are not able to purchase marijuana[19] and a bill to ensure that police officers undergo continuous training in firearm use and high speed pursuits.[7]


  1. ^ a b Fender, Jessica (31 March 2009). "New legislator takes seat". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2009-04-03. 
  2. ^ a b Staff Report (30 March 2009). "Green Energy for Schools". Denver Daily News. Retrieved 2009-04-03. 
  3. ^ "State House District 3". COMaps. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  4. ^ Ballotpedia. Daniel Kagan. Viewed: 2017-01-14.
  5. ^ "Rep. Kagan's Biography Vague and Vanishing". The Colorado Observer. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  6. ^ http://kdvr.com/2014/02/06/colorado-lawmakers-look-to-strengthen-marijuana-laws/
  7. ^ a b http://www.coloradoattorneygeneral.gov/sites/default/files/uploads/post/JanFebMar2014Newsletter.pdf
  8. ^ a b c http://www.villagerpublishing.com/gov-hickenlooper-signs-2-bills-into-law-in-cherry-hills-village/
  9. ^ http://www.denverpost.com/ci_19702480
  10. ^ http://statebillnews.com/2011/01/kagan-bill-to-help-school-based-health-clinics-passes-house-unanimously/
  11. ^ http://coloradocommunitymedia.com/stories/State-House-District-3-race-Kagan-says-jobs-schools-key,28844
  12. ^ Bartels, Lynn (16 March 2009). "State Rep. McGihon stepping down". Denver Post. Retrieved 2009-03-16. 
  13. ^ Luning, Ernest (26 March 2009). "HD 3 vacancy committee meets to elect successor to McGihon". The Colorado Independent. Retrieved 2009-04-03. 
  14. ^ https://finance.yahoo.com/news/northstar-commercial-partners-ceo-brian-140900853.html
  15. ^ "CO - Election Results - Colorado Secretary of State". 
  16. ^ "State House 2012 Election Results - Denver Post". 
  17. ^ http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2013/03/hb-13-1163-introducing-victim-emergency-payment-program-for-medical-exams-for-victims-of-sexual-assault/
  18. ^ http://www.villagerpublishing.com/juvenile-counsel-guaranteed-hickenloopers-signature/
  19. ^ http://archive.9news.com/news/politics/376619/166/Lawmakers-debate-tighter-marijuana-laws

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