|Member of the Colorado House of Representatives
from the 3rd district
March 30, 2009
|Preceded by||Anne McGihon|
|Alma mater||Yale Law School
George Washington University
Daniel Kagan (born c. 1953) is a state representative in the U.S. state of Colorado. Kagan, an attorney, 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. He represents House District 3, which encompasses south Denver.
Kagan was raised in England, the son of Holocaust survivors who met in a Nazi concentration camp. He emigrated to the United States in 1975 and became a U.S. citizen in 1984. In 1987, he completed his J.D. from Yale Law School.
Kagan and his wife, Faye, live in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado; they have three children, Ben, Sammy, and Abbie. Ben is an aspiring DJ. Kagan and his wife operated a private law practice specializing in the defense of indigents charged with crime. They also acted for civil plaintiffs in suits against insurance companies and other large corporations. He has worked with the American Civil Liberties Union in the past, and as a pilot and pilot instructor. In 1995, Kagan returned to England for a time to work with his family's failing textile company, helping launch urban renewal projects at former mill sites.
Kagan was a delegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention and a supporter of Hillary Clinton's campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. He also served as an attorney for the Clinton campaign in Colorado.
Rep. Anne McGihon announced that she would resign from the legislature, effective March 27, 2009 Kagan, who had already filed to run to replace the term-limited McGihon, declared his candidacy for the vacancy appointment.
A vacancy committee, meeting in the midst of 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. Kagan had volunteered in McGihon's legislative office earlier during the legislative session. He was sworn into office on March 30, 2009.
2010 and 2011 legislative sessions
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.
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