Tracy Kraft-Tharp

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Tracy Kraft-Tharp
Member of the Colorado House of Representatives
from the 29th[1] district
Assumed office
January 9, 2013
Preceded byRobert Ramirez
Personal details
NationalityAmerican
Political partyDemocratic
ProfessionProfessor
Websitetracyforstaterep.com

Tracy Kraft-Tharp[2] is an American politician and a Democratic member of the Colorado House of Representatives representing District 29 since January 9, 2013. Kraft-Tharp is a member of the League of Women Voters.

Biography[edit]

Kraft-Tharp represents House District 29, which includes northeastern Arvada and part of Westminster. She was elected in the 2012 election.

In the 2014 session, Kraft-Tharp supported legislation to extend the job growth incentive tax credit to attract new businesses to the state.[3] She also passed legislation to extend the ReHire Colorado program through 2017.[4] The program provides job coaching and training to unemployed and underemployed Coloradans.[5] She also sponsored legislation creating a suicide prevention task force to reduce the rate of suicide in Colorado.[6]

During the 2013 legislative session she sponsored the Advanced Industries Export Acceleration Act, which assists Colorado companies looking to export their products globally.[7]

Kraft-Tharp started her career as a middle school teacher, later becoming a youth counselor and social worker.[8] She became the manager of the Women in Crisis battered women’s shelter in Jefferson County and now has her own small consulting business.

She has served on a number of boards including the City of Arvada Citizens Improvement Project Committee, the Urban Peak Housing Corporation and the Jefferson County School District Strategic Planning and Advisory Council.[9]

Kraft-Tharp received her law degree and a masters in social work from the University of Denver.

Elections[edit]

  • 2012 To challenge incumbent Republican Representative Robert Ramirez for the District 29 seat, Kraft-Tharp was unopposed for the June 26, 2012 Democratic Primary, winning with 2,664 votes;[10] and won the three-way November 6, 2012 General election with 19,368 votes (51.3%) against Representative Ramirez and Libertarian candidate Hans Romer,[11] who had run for the seat in 2002.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tracy Kraft-Tharp". Denver, Colorado: Colorado General Assembly. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  2. ^ "Tracy Kraft-Tharp's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  3. ^ http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/blog/capitol_business/2014/05/hickenlooper-signs-job-creation-tax-credit.html?page=all
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-28. Retrieved 2014-07-24.
  5. ^ http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/CDHS-ColoradoWorks/CCW/1251649623147
  6. ^ http://pikespeakcourier.net/stories/Suicide-prevention-commission-proposed,144883
  7. ^ http://www.advancecolorado.com/news/advanced-industries-exports-accelerator-act-introduced-house
  8. ^ http://ballotpedia.org/Tracy_Kraft-Tharp
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-05-05. Retrieved 2014-07-24.
  10. ^ "2012 Democratic Party state representatives primary results". Denver, Colorado: Secretary of State of Colorado. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  11. ^ "2012 General election state representatives results". Denver, Colorado: Secretary of State of Colorado. Retrieved January 8, 2014.

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