Jessie Danielson

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Jessie Danielson
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Speaker pro tempore of the Colorado House of Representatives
Assumed office
January 11, 2017
Preceded byDan Pabon
Member of the Colorado House of Representatives
from the 24th district
Assumed office
January 7, 2015
Preceded bySue Schafer
Personal details
BornGreeley, Colorado, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of Colorado, Boulder (BA)
WebsiteOfficial website

Jessie Danielson is an American politician from the State of Colorado. She is an elected member of the Colorado House of Representatives from Wheat Ridge, Colorado. A Democrat, Danielson was first elected in the November 4, 2014 general election. Danielson currently represents State House District 24, in Jefferson County. In 2018, Danielson was elected to the Colorado Senate from District 20 and will take office in January, 2019.


Danielson is a resident of Wheat Ridge. She was born in Greeley and was raised on her family's farm near Ault, graduating from Highland High School. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder. Her work experience includes America Votes working on election strategy and public policy, NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado as Political Director, and an independent living center that assists the disabled in living independently.[1]

Danielson is a former chair of the board of directors for Emerge Colorado and a former board member of both NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado and ProgressNow Colorado.[1] She has served as a gubernatorial appointee on both the Colorado Commission on Aging and the Voter Access and Modernized Elections Commission.

Election history[edit]

2014 election[edit]

On January 12, 2014, incumbent State Representative Sue Schafer opted out of seeking a fourth term.[2] On January 21, 2014, Danielson announced her candidacy in a press release.[3]

Democratic primary[edit]

On January 12, 2014, local Edgewater City Councilmember and Democrat Kristian Teegardin filed his candidacy for the seat.[4] Danielson's filing created a primary race for the Democratic nomination. To qualify for the primary ballot in Colorado, candidates are required to win at least 30% of the vote of seated delegates at nominating assemblies held by political parties. At the March 29, 2014 Democratic assembly, Danielson received 58 out of 99 votes cast (or 58.6%), with Teegardin winning the rest; meaning both candidates qualified for the Democratic primary ballot.[5] Danielson, with the most votes, won "top line" on the primary ballot.

The Democratic primary was held as an all mail-in ballot election ending at 7:00 P.M. on June 24, 2014. Danielson defeated Teegardin, thereby becoming the Democratic nominee for the November 4, 2014 general election.[6]

Colorado House District 24 Democratic Primary: June 24, 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Jessie Danielson 2,797 56.26% +12.52
Democratic Kristian Teegardin 2,175 43.74% -12.52

General election[edit]

Having won the Democratic Party primary, Danielson faced Republican Joe DeMott—who was unopposed in the Republican Party primary—on the 2014 general election ballot. Danielson went on to win this election, which ended on November 4, 2014.[7]

Colorado House District 24 General Election: November 4, 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Jessie Danielson 17,501 53.38% +6.76
Republican Joe DeMott 15,286 46.62% -6.76

2016 election[edit]

Danielson ran for a second two-year term in the 2016 general election. She was unopposed in the Democratic primary election. Republicans nominated Joy Bowman as the Republican candidate for the general election during their nominating assembly. Bowman later withdrew from the race, and the Republican HD-24 vacancy committee appointed Danielson's 2014 opponent, Joe DeMott, to fill the Republican vacancy on the 2016 general election ballot.

General election[edit]

Danielson defeated DeMott in the 2016 election, winning a second term.[8]

Colorado House District 24 General Election: November 8, 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Jessie Danielson 24,103 56.99% +13.98
Republican Joe DeMott 18,191 43.01% -13.98

2018 election[edit]

On May 24, 2017, Danielson filed her candidacy for the Colorado State Senate, District 20, instead of running for a third term in the State House. Incumbent Senator Cheri Jahn was prohibited from running again by term limits. Danielson was unopposed in the 2018 Democratic primary for Senate District 20.

With Republicans holding a one-seat majority in the State Senate, the district was one of five competitive seats in the Colorado State Senate election that were watched closely around the country as Democrats worked to "flip" the chamber to Democratic control.[9] Danielson went on to win her race, which ended on November 6, 2018.[10]

General election[edit]

In the 2018 General Election, Democrat Jessie Danielson faced Republican Christine Jensen and Libertarian Charles Messick.

Colorado Senate District 20 General Election: November 6, 2018
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Jessie Danielson 49,980 54.13%
Republican Christine Jensen 39,113 42.36%
Libertarian Charles Messick 3,239 3.51%

Legislative career[edit]

The bicameral Colorado General Assembly meets each January for a 120 day regular session.

70th General Assembly[edit]

After the 2014 General Election, Colorado's 70th General Assembly convened on January 7, 2015, at which time Danielson was sworn in. The new Speaker of the House, Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, appointed Danielson to the following committees:[11]

  • Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources
  • Public Health Care & Human Services
  • Local Government

2015 session[edit]

During the 2015 regular session, Danielson introduced and sponsored the following bills:[12]

  • HB15-1018: Protecting Seniors from Elder Abuse
  • HB15-1079: Funding for Teen Pregnancy and Dropout Prevention Program
  • HB15-1133: Continue the Colorado Pay Equity Commission
  • HB15-1220: Medical Care for Victims of Campus Sexual Assault
  • HB15-1242: Patient Caregiver Designation Requirement of Hospitals
  • HB15-1259: Permitting Residential Rain Barrels
  • HB15-1324: Implementing Student Learning Objectives Processes
  • SB15-132: Empowering Students In Higher Education Funding
  • SB15-178: Continuing the Deaf & Hard of Hearing Commission
  • HJR15-1012: Renaming a Section of Colorado HWY 93 in Memory of Jefferson County Sheriff's Sgt. David Baldwin

2016 session[edit]

During the 2016 regular session, Danielson introduced and sponsored the following bills:[13]

  • SB16-134: Professional Licensing For Military Veterans
  • SB16-214: Real-time Water Management Study
  • SB16-114: Employee-earned Paid Sick Leave
  • HJR16-1017: Designate April 12 Equal Pay Day
  • HB16-1449: Safe Contracting For School District Services
  • HB16-1384: Testimony Legal Privilege Consent Disability Advocate
  • HB16-1347: Employer Information Concerning Wage Law Violation
  • HB16-1168: Sunset Rural Alcohol & Substance Abuse Treatment Program
  • HB16-1156: Extend Pay Transparency Protection All Employees
  • HB16-1027: Criminal Deposition For At-risk Persons
  • HB16-1005: Residential Precipitation Collection (Rain Barrels)
  • HB16-1001: State Contract Certify Compliance With Equal Pay Laws

71st General Assembly[edit]

After the 2016 General Election, Colorado's 71st General Assembly convened on January 11, 2017, at which time Danielson was sworn in. The new Speaker of the House, Crisanta Duran, appointed Danielson Speaker Pro Tempore of the House and to three of its committees:[14]

  • Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources
  • Public Health Care & Human Services (vice chair)
  • Appropriations

2017 session[edit]

During the 2017 regular session, Danielson introduced and sponsored the following bills:[15]

  • SJR17-032: Workers' Memorial Day
  • SB17-142: Breast Density Notification Required
  • SB17-121: Improve Medicaid Client Correspondence
  • SB17-110: Accessibility Of Exempt Family Child Care
  • SB17-075: Income Tax Deduction For Military Retirement Benefits
  • SB17-013: Fire and Police Pension Association Multi-employer Deferred Compensation Plan Document
  • HJR17-1028: Honoring Gold Star Families
  • HJR17-1022: Equal Pay Day
  • HB17-1374: Colorado Heroes Hunting & Fishing Act
  • HB17-1269: Repeal Prohibition Of Wage Sharing Information
  • HB17-1253: Protect Seniors From Financial Abuse
  • HB17-1247: Patient Choice Health Care Provider
  • HB17-1232: Public Utilities Alternative Fuel Motor Vehicles
  • HB17-1189: Colorado Wine Development Board Term Limits
  • HB17-1140: Enhance Student Support Colorado School of Mines Fee-for-service Funds
  • HB17-1129: Technical Issues Filing Medicaid Appeals
  • HB17-1126: Medicaid Appeal Review Legal Notice Requirements
  • HB17-1109: Child Sex Assault Pattern Offense Place Of Trial
  • HB17-1021: Wage Theft Transparency Act
  • HB17-1004: College Credit For Military Education And Training

2018 session[edit]

During the 2018 regular session, Danielson introduced and sponsored the following bills:[16]

  • SB18-157: Colorado Women's Veterans Act
  • HB18-1378: Equal Pay For Equal Work Act
  • HB18-1368: Local Control Of Minimum Wage
  • HB18-1341: Apprenticeship And Vocational Technical Training
  • HB18-1246: Modernization Of The Nursery Act
  • HB18-1244: Honor The Service Of Submarine Veterans
  • HB18-1108: Commission Deaf Hard Of Hearing Deafblind
  • HB18-1104: Family Preservation For Parents With Disability
  • HB18-1097: Patient Choice Of Pharmacy
  • HB18-1060: Income Tax Deduction For Military Retirement Benefits
  • HB18-1016: Honor The Service Of The Seabees

Awards & Recognition[edit]

Danielson has received the following awards and recognition during her time in office:

  • 2018 Distinguished Service Award, National Federation of the Blind - Colorado[17]
  • 2018 Trailblazer of the Year Award, Emerge Colorado[18]
  • 2017 Legislator of the Year, Colorado Community College System[19]
  • 2017 Legislative Leadership Award, Colorado County Clerks Association[20]
  • 2017 Legislator of the Year Award, Developmental Disabilities Resource Center[21]
  • 2016 Elected Official of the Year, Jefferson County Council on Aging and the Seniors’ Resources Center[22]
  • 2016 Friend of Labor Award, Jefferson County Democratic Party[23]
  • 2016 Friend of the Farm Bureau, Colorado Farm Bureau[24]
  • 2015 The "Laura Hershey 'Pen is Mightier than the Sword' Award," Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition[25]
  • 2015 Champion of Change Award, Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce[26]


  1. ^ a b Online Campaign Biography.
  2. ^ Lynn Bartels, "Rep. Sue Schafer opts against seeking fourth term"; The Denver Post, 1/13/2014.
  3. ^ "Jessie Danielson Announces Candidacy for House District 24", 1/21/2014.
  4. ^ Hugh Johnson, "Teegardin announces candidacy for House seat"; Golden Transcript, 1/22/2014. Colorado Secretary of State, Candidate and Candidate Committee Detail.
  5. ^ "Jessie Danielson Wins Democratic Assembly";, 3/29/2014.
  6. ^ Jefferson County Clerk & Recorder, 2014 Primary Election Results.
  7. ^ Jefferson County Clerk & Recorder, 2014 General Election Results.
  8. ^ Jefferson County Election Results, NOVEMBER 8, 2016 GENERAL ELECTION
  9. ^ The Intercept_, 10/30/2018
  10. ^ Jefferson County Election Results, NOVEMBER 6, 2018 GENERAL ELECTION
  11. ^ Colorado House Democrats, "Hullinghorst Makes Committee Assignments"; 12/12/2014.
  12. ^ Colorado General Assembly Bill Sponsor Engine, 2015 session.
  13. ^ Colorado General Assembly, search engine results: Danielson 2016 sponsorships.
  14. ^ Colorado House Democrats, "Fresh Leadership on House Committees", 12/5/2016.
  15. ^ Colorado General Assembly, search engine results: Danielson 2017 sponsorships.
  16. ^ Colorado General Assembly, search engine results: Danielson 2018 sponsorships.
  17. ^ Jessie Danielson facebook page, 10/28/2018
  18. ^
  19. ^, 9/26/2017
  20. ^ 6/20/2017
  21. ^, 10/27/2017
  22. ^ Jessie Danielson biography,
  23. ^ Ibid.
  24. ^ The Denver Post, 6/1/2016
  25. ^ Jessie Danielson facebook page, 6/10/2015
  26. ^ Jessie Danielson biography,

External links[edit]

Colorado House of Representatives
Preceded by
Dan Pabon
Speaker pro tempore of the Colorado House of Representatives