Colorado Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton, was tapped as Vice Chair of the House Judiciary Committee by Speaker-designate Crisanta Duran. Rep. Salazar was re-elected on November 8 to represent House District 31 in Thornton.
“I’m eager to continue the work I’ve done on civil rights and liberties here in Colorado,” said Rep. Salazar. “My constituents have vested their faith in me for many years and I plan to continue standing up for the underrepresented, underserved, and most vulnerable populations—not only in my community but throughout the state.”
Rep. Salazar is a civil rights attorney known for his support and advocacy for people of color and other underrepresented groups. Rep. Salazar is a returning member to the House Judiciary committee.
Colorado Rep.-elect Leslie Herod, D-Denver, was appointed also by Speaker-designate Crisanta Duran to serve on two House Committees: Finance and Judiciary. Rep.-elect Herod was elected on November 8 to represent House District 8 in central and northeast Denver.
“Finance and Judiciary are a perfect fit to bring my experience in public policy and community advocacy to the fore,” said Rep.-elect Herod, who is also the first LGBT African American to serve in the state legislature. “I am honored to work for safer communities and a thriving economy in these two committees and excited to get started.”
Rep.-elect Herod worked for years as a public servant for the state of Colorado. She went on to advocate for LGBT equality and alliance-building in communities of color. In recent years, she formed her own small business to continue to serve the community through strategic planning and community partnership consulting. Rep.-elect Herod serves on multiple community boards and commissions, including serving as gubernatorial appointee to the state’s Judicial Performance Commission and as a mayoral appointee to Denver’s Cultural Affairs Commission. Additionally, Leslie serves on the Board of Directors for Urban Peak, Colorado’s leading homeless youth service agency.