Joe Neguse

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Joe Neguse
Member-elect of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 2nd district
Assuming office
January 3, 2019
SucceedingJared Polis
Personal details
Born (1984-05-13) May 13, 1984 (age 34)
Bakersfield, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of Colorado, Boulder (BA, JD)

Joseph Neguse (born May 13, 1984) is an American politician and a member-elect of the U.S. House of Representatives from Colorado's 2nd district and is a member of the Democratic Party. He was a Regent of the University of Colorado.

Early life[edit]

Neguse's parents immigrated to the United States from Eritrea. They met while living in Bakersfield, California, where they married and had Joe and his younger sister.[1] The family moved to Colorado when he was six years old. After living in Aurora, Littleton, and Highlands Ranch, the family settled in Boulder.[2] Neguse graduated from ThunderRidge High School,[1] the University of Colorado Boulder with a bachelor's degree in political science and economics in 2005, and the University of Colorado Law School with his Juris Doctor in 2009.[3]


Neguse founded New Era Colorado, an organization to get young people involved in politics, while he was a student. He worked at the Colorado State Capitol as an assistant for Andrew Romanoff. He was elected to the Regents of the University of Colorado, representing Colorado's 2nd congressional district in 2008, following nomination by the Democratic Party.[4]

Neguse ran for Secretary of State of Colorado in the 2014 elections.[5][6][7] He lost to Wayne W. Williams, 47.5% to 44.9%.[8] Governor John Hickenlooper appointed Neguse the executive director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) in June 2015.[9]

In 2017, Neguse resigned from DORA to run in the 2018 elections for the United States House of Representatives in Colorado's 2nd congressional district, seeking to succeed Jared Polis, who successfully ran for Governor of Colorado.[10][11] He also joined the law firm Snell & Wilmer, working in administrative law.[12] He won the Democratic Party nomination for the seat in June. On November 6, 2018, Neguse won Colorado’s 2nd congressional district, becoming the first African American U.S. representative from Colorado.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Neguse and his wife had their first child in 2018.[14]


  1. ^ a b Swinnerton, Jamie (June 19, 2014). "Joe Neguse -- "I go by Joe" -- on his run for Secretary of State". Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  2. ^ Michael Roberts (August 31, 2018). "Joe Neguse Interview About Colorado Second District Congressional Run 2018". Westword. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  3. ^ "2008 Candidate Profile: Joseph Neguse, Democrat". Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  4. ^ "Neguse, Fitz-Gerald assembly winners - Boulder Daily Camera". July 30, 2009. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  5. ^ Daily, Boulder (June 24, 2013). "CU Regent Joe Neguse seeks Democratic nod for secretary of state – The Denver Post". Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  6. ^ "Democrat Joe Neguse files for SoS - Colorado Politics". June 27, 2013. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  7. ^ Lynn Bartels (April 10, 2014). "Joe Neguse, son of immigrants, runs for Colorado secretary of state". Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  8. ^ "GOP sweeps statewide seats for second election in a row - Colorado Politics". November 7, 2014. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  9. ^ "Secretary Williams touts one-time rival, Joe Neguse, for cabinet post – Lynn Bartels on". Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  10. ^ Matthews, Mark K. (June 13, 2017). "Joe Neguse declares run for Jared Polis' seat in Congress – The Denver Post". Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  11. ^ "Neguse resigning as DORA executive director, running for Congress". Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  12. ^ Paul, Jesse (August 29, 2017). "Joe Neguse joins Denver law office of Snell & Wilmer". Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  13. ^ "Joe Neguse wins Democratic primary in 2nd Congressional District by wide margin - Boulder Daily Camera". Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  14. ^ "2nd Congressional District candidates meet in quest to replace Jared Polis". Broomfield Enterprise. August 29, 2018. Retrieved October 11, 2018.

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