Sonya Jaquez Lewis

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Sonya Jaquez Lewis
Member of the Colorado House of Representatives
from the 12th district
Assumed office
January 4, 2019
Preceded byMike Foote
Personal details
Born (1957-05-04) May 4, 1957 (age 61)
Political partyDemocratic

Sonya Jaquez Lewis (born May 4, 1957) is an American politician who is the member of the Colorado House of Representatives from the 12th district in Boulder County. Representative Sonya Jaquez Lewis is the first Latina and the first LGBTQ person ever elected to the Colorado General Assembly from Boulder County, Colorado.

Early life[edit]

Jaquez Lewis is part of the “Hispano”, Hispanic families from the San Luis Valley in Southern Colorado whose roots in the state go back hundreds of years and makes her related to the Jaquez family of San Luis[1].

Personal Life[edit]

Jaquez Lewis is one of the "GRITS", Girls Raised in the South. She was born in North Carolina but spent every summer in and has lived in Colorado for over 21 years. Jaquez Lewis is a licensed Pharmacist and former first Pharmacy Director of Colorado Medicaid, Colorado Access. 2. She served for 7 years on the Boulder County Board of Health. She is an Educator, serving as an Adjunct Professor at the Colorado School of Pharmacy and Guest Lecturer at the Denver school of Nursing.

Jaquez Lewis has been very involved in LGBTQ sports and Equality. As past President of Team Colorado, one of the first LGBTQ Sports organizations in the country, she has helped hundreds of athletes attend Sports Festivals in the US and other countries and served on the International Federation of Gay Games Board of Directors.

In 2014, Jaquez Lewis and Allison Lotspeich, her spouse, won the Gold medal for women’s doubles tennis at the International Gay Games 9 in Cleveland, Ohio. Because of her activism and athleticism, Jaquez Lewis is the First National Female Lesbian Athlete of the Year Award winner in 2016, as named by Compete Magazine.

In North Carolina she founded the Durham County Women’s Commission 6 and the NC LGBTQ Pride Marching Band. She served on the statewide Board of Directors of NC Pride Festival and was one of the national Co-Hosts for NGLTF’s Creating Change conference in Durham in 1993. The

first CC conference located in the South.

Jaquez Lewis was also featured in an episode of PBS’s Antique Roadshow, with the most valued antique ever shown.

Jaquez Lewis riding a horse in San Luis Valley.

Political career[edit]

In 2008, Jaquez Lewis was elected statewide as the first out lesbian national delegate from Colorado to the Democratic National Convention. She has been a 3-time national delegate to the Democratic National Convention from Colorado. She is currently the Vice Chair of the Colorado State House State Affairs committee and member of the Health and Insurance committee.

Lewis was elected in the general election on November 6, 2018, winning 74 percent of the vote over 26 percent of Independent candidate Theresa Stets.[2]

She is out as lesbian.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ mainadmin. "ABOUT ME". Sonya For Colorado. Retrieved 2019-02-21.
  2. ^ "Colorado Election Results - Election Results 2018 - The New York Times". nytimes.com. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  3. ^ "Colorado Makes Political Waves". OutFront, November 8, 2018.