Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald to run for U.S. Congress
WESTMINSTER ” Colorado State Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald announced her candidacy for the 2nd Congressional District on Wednesday. The district is currently represented by Congressman Mark Udall, who announced a bid for the United States Senate on Monday.
Fitz-Gerald, D-Coal Creek Canyon, represents Summit, Grand, Gilpin, Jefferson, Clear Creek and Boulder counties.
“I’m excited to announce my candidacy for Congress and bring Colorado’s record of change to Washington,” Fitz-Gerald said. “Together, we have accomplished a lot and seen many positive changes here in Colorado, and now it’s time for us to help the nation solve tough problems like our country’s health care crisis and getting our troops out of Iraq.”
As the wife and daughter of military veterans, Fitz-Gerald supports the bi-partisan efforts in Congress to bring this war to a close.
“I want to ensure our troops are fully trained and equipped and our veterans are receiving the health care and support that their sacrifice and courage demand,” she said.
Fitz-Gerald supported resolutions in the Colorado Senate that opposed troop escalation and honored military veterans, and fallen soldiers.
Fitz-Gerald was first elected to the Colorado Senate in 2000.
She became the first woman in Colorado history to hold the position of Colorado State Senate President.
Before election to the state sentate she was the first woman elected Clerk and Recorder of Jefferson County, the most populous county in the state.
As Senate President, Fitz-Gerald has been leading efforts in health care, renewable energy, environment, education and the successful bi-partisan effort to solve the state’s budget crisis which resulted in the passage of Referendum C.
During the 2007 legislative session, Fitz-Gerald sponsored Senate Bill 97 that provided approximately $25 million for rural health care, children’s health care, mental health and drug and alcohol treatment programs.
Senate Bill 100, also sponsored by Fitz-Gerald, increases the reliability of electrical power by identifying the best areas for renewable energy production.
It encourages utilities to build transmission lines to connect these areas to Colorado’s power grid in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.
Fitz-Gerald has been instrumental in developing, sponsoring and implementing vital legislation to deal with the pine beetle infestation.
Grand and Summit Counties are among the hardest hit counties in Colorado.
Her resolution and bills on the infestation provide community protection, improve forest resilience and create local economic opportunities.
“As State Senate President, I’m proud that we improved funding for our schools, expanded Coloradans access to health care, and made Colorado a national leader in renewable energy,” Fitz-Gerald said. “I’m looking forward to talking with voters across the district about bringing the same kind of change to Washington.”
Former state Treasurer and Lt. Governor Gail Schoettler commented, “As an outstanding senator, Fitz-Gerald stands on a record grounded in solid experience. She is driven by effective results and committed to integrity in government. I am excited to see her try to bring her heart and passion to the United States Congress.”
Fitz-Gerald’s campaign committee is chaired by Dorothy Rupert who represented Boulder County as a member of the state senate and state house from 1986 to 2001.
The committee’s treasurer is state Senator Stephanie Takis (D-Adams County).
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