“I know that our collective voices can sound just as loud as the voices of the wealthy and the well-connected.” – Crisanta Duran

A Colorado Trailblazer

A 6th generation Coloradan, Crisanta Duran comes from a family of trailblazers who always worked to lift up the next generation. The daughter of Mexican descendants, Native Americans, ranchers, laborers and strong women, Crisanta became the first woman in her family to graduate law school. She worked hard to succeed, overcame personal challenges and was elected to represent Coloradans in the state House of Representatives. She was the first Latina in the United States to become Speaker of the House and the youngest woman in Colorado to do so.

A Proven Record of Fighting for Coloradans

As Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Crisanta fought to ensure a brighter future for ALL Coloradans. The two sessions she has served as Speaker are widely recognized as being the most productive in many years as she demonstrated a proven ability to rise above divisive politics to make problem solving her top priority.

Crisanta advocated for fair wages for workers, access to affordable healthcare, and brought the fight for action on climate change to the house floor. She carried legislation to help hardworking Coloradans with the high costs of housing and childcare; for voter protections and civil rights, to broaden access to broadband internet in rural areas; to increase consumer protections against identity theft; to set standards for investigations of sexual misconduct on college campuses; and to reform our redistricting process to prevent partisan gerrymandering. Significant strides were also made in the 2018 session on tackling the opioid epidemic, reforming our criminal justice system, and holding irresponsible corporations accountable. Crisanta worked to reform the culture at the capitol and took on the issue of sexual harassment, striving to ensure that individuals are evaluated based on their hard work, qualifications, merit and skill in Colorado workplaces.

Crisanta focused her work in the Colorado House on expanding access to good paying jobs in growing industries like STEM. As the House Majority Leader in the 2015 and 2016 sessions, she coordinated and marshaled strong bipartisan support for the legislative package known as Colorado Ready to Work – more than a dozen new laws to boost Colorado businesses and train Coloradans for the good-paying, highly skilled jobs the state’s growing, modernizing economy is producing.

A Progressive Leader for Democrats

Crisanta Duran has been widely recognized by local, state, and national organizations as a rising leader for Democrats.

In 2016, Crisanta was a featured speaker at the Democratic National Convention and won the national Emily’s List Rising Star Award, given annually to “an extraordinary woman serving in state or local office.” She has also received the Jewish Colorado Legislative Appreciation Award, the Dr. Martin Luther King 2016 Humanitarian Award, the Planned Parenthood Champion of Choice, the United Veterans Committee of Colorado Distinguished Service Award, and the Denver Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award, among others.

Awards and Accomplishments

Recognized by the Colorado Education Association for her support of teachers and being “A Champion of Working Families,” 2019

Colorado Housing Financing Authority Leadership Award, 2018

Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce Top 25 Most Powerful Women Award, 2018

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Public Official of the Year Award, 2018

Community College of Denver Martin Luther King Jr. Community Leader Award, 2018

Colorado Democrats Chair’s Service Award Obama Dinner, 2018

United States Hispanic Leadership Institute William C. Velasquez Trailblazer Award, 2018

Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition Leadership Award, 2018

Democrats for Education Reform Rising Star Award, 2017

Jewish Colorado Legislative Appreciation Award, 2017

Jefferson County Democratic Latino Initiative Legacy Award, 2017

LiveWell Colorado Legislative Champion Award, 2017

Latinas First Foundation Trailblazer Award, 2017

University of Denver Distinguished Alumni Award, 2017

Emerge Colorado Trailblazer of the Year Award, 2017

Arvada West High School Hall of Fame Honoree, 2016

Emily’s List Gabby Giffords Rising Star Award, 2016

Colorado Association of Libraries Legislative Award, 2016

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award, 2016

Colorado Democratic Party Rising Star Award, 2016

Americas Latino Eco Festival Nuestra Hermana Award, 2016

WILL & WAND Pacesetter Award, 2016

Escuela Tlatelolco Madrina de Honor Award, 2016

Colorado Contractors Association Infrastructure Champion Award, 2015

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement Cesar Chavez People’s Award, 2015

Housing Colorado Legislator of the Year Award, 2014

Colorado’s Community Health Centers Legislative Appreciation Award, 2014

Washington Post’s 40 Under 40 Rising Political Stars, 2014

United Veterans Committee of Colorado Distinguished Service Award

Conservation Colorado Legislator of the Year Award

Denver Democrats Pat Schroeder Families First Award, 2013

Colorado Alliance for Retired Americans Certificate of Appreciation

Metropolitan State University of Denver Legislator of the Year Award

University of Colorado Alumni Legislative Award, 2013

Colorado Latino Leadership Advocacy and Research Organization Roger Cisneros Poder Award, 2012

Denver Women’s Commission Legislative Award

Planned Parenthood Champion of Choice, 2013

Colorado Association for Bilingual Education Federico Pena Community Leader Award, 2013

Health Care For All Legislative Hero, 2013

Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition Legislative Award, 2012

Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights Legislative Champion Award

Denver Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award, 2011