Philip Covarrubias

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Philip Covarrubias
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Covarrubias in 2018.
Member of the Colorado House of Representatives
from the 56th district
Assumed office
January 11, 2017
Preceded byKevin Priola
Personal details
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceBrighton, Colorado
ProfessionLead Foreman/Project Manager[2]

Philip Covarrubias is a Colorado politician and a member of the Colorado House of Representatives from the 56th District, which encompasses portions of Arapahoe and Adams counties, including the communities of Aurora, Bennett, Brick Center, Brighton, Byers, Comanche Creek, Commerce City, Deer Trail, Lochbuie, Peoria, Strasburg, Thornton, Todd Creek, and Watkins.[3] He serves on the Finance and Health, Insurance, & Environment committees.[4]

Covarrubias, a Republican, lives in Brighton. He cofounded an excavation and construction company that worked on the FasTracks project connecting downtown Denver to Denver International Airport,[5] and currently works as a foreman for Xcel Energy.[6] He is Mexican-American and a cofounder of Hispanic Contractors of Colorado;[7] having experienced racial discrimination while growing up, he is part of the Sociedad Proteccion Mutua De Trabajadores Unidos.[8][9]


Covarrubias was first elected to office in 2016. In the Republican primary that year, he faced no opposition. In the general election, he won the race, winning 58.60% of the vote against one Democratic and one Libertarian candidate.[10]

In 2018, he ran for re-election but lost to Rod Bockenfeld in the Republican primary.

Legislative positions[edit]

Covarrubias supported Colorado HB17-1242, putting a measure on Colorado's November 2017 ballot asking voters to approve a sales tax increase to improve transportation infrastructure.[11]

As an opponent of HB17-1372, a bill to mandate that oil and gas companies provide the public with maps of flowlines, Covarrubias filibustered and helped defeat the bill.[12][13]

Japanese internment comments[edit]

In March 2017, commenting on the Japanese-American internment, Covarrubias said that in the "heat of combat", "there's no time to ask questions and find out who's a citizen and who's not."[14] In a later interview Covarrubias said he was "sorry that [the internment] was a part of our history" and that "under no circumstances, regardless of who they are, should people be treated in the way that people were being treated during the World War II period".[15]


  1. ^ Covarrubias, Philip. About Phil. Viewed: January 31, 2017.
  2. ^ Colorado General Assembly. Representative Phil Covarrubias. Viewed: January 31, 2017.
  3. ^ Colorado Reapportionment Commission Staff. Legislative District Information After 2011 Reapportionment: House District 56. Viewed: January 31, 2017.
  4. ^ "Phil Covarrubias | Colorado General Assembly". Retrieved March 24, 2017.
  5. ^ Gurulé, Ernest (15 December 2010). "Recession, what recession?". La Voz Bilingüe.
  6. ^ Covarrubias, Philip. About Phil. Viewed: January 31, 2017.
  7. ^ HCC 25th Anniversary Celebration: Changing the Game for 25 Years (PDF). Denver, Colorado: Hispanic Contractors of Colorado. 2015. p. 6.
  8. ^ "Es la temporada de dar". Retrieved March 24, 2017.
  9. ^ "Phil Covarrubias". Retrieved March 24, 2017.
  10. ^ Ballotpedia. Philip Covarrubias. Retrieved: January 31, 2017.
  11. ^ "Bipartisan Blastoff for Transportation Fix". Targeted News Service. 31 March 2017.
  12. ^ "GOP Filibuster Kills Oil & Gas Safety Bill". Targeted News Service. 9 May 2017.
  13. ^ Wyatt, Kristen (9 May 2017). "Colorado GOP blocks nation's 1st well-mapping requirement". Associated Press Worldstream.
  14. ^ "Lawmakers respond after state rep. appears to defend internment". NBC News. Retrieved March 24, 2017.
  15. ^ "'No time to ask questions': Lawmaker appears to defend use of WWII Japanese internment camps". Washington Post. Retrieved March 24, 2017.

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