U.S. House, Colorado 2
As the 33 year-old son of refugees from Eritrea, Joe Neguse is not your typical candidate for Congress – in fact, he would be the first African-American elected to Congress in Colorado’s 141-year history. An attorney, civic leader, and public servant, Joe is running for Congress in Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District because he believes that all Coloradans deserve a fair shot at pursuing the American dream – attending college, participating in our economy, and shaping our democracy - and that dream is under attack now as never before.
Joe’s public service is rooted in his firm belief that we should be expanding—not restricting—opportunities for all Coloradans, and he has spent his career doing the same. After graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder summa cum laude and working for the then-Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives, Andrew Romanoff, Joe co-founded New Era Colorado, the state’s largest youth voter registration and mobilization non-profit in Colorado - successfully registering more than 100,000 young people to vote and get mobilized to the polls.
While still in law school, Joe was elected by the people of the 2nd District to serve on Colorado University’s Board of Regents. During his tenure as Regent he fought to make higher education more affordable and accessible, lower student health insurance costs, make voter registration more accessible and led initiatives to increase wages for the University’s lowest-paid workers. He went on to direct Colorado’s Consumer Protection Agency, becoming the youngest State Cabinet members in the country, leading initiatives to combat financial fraud against seniors.
That’s why Joe is running for Congress – because we need bold, progressive leaders to lead the fight, not play the same political games that have gone on in Washington D.C. for years. We need leaders who can fight to expand opportunities and protect our fundamental rights as Americans – the right to breathe clean air and drink clean water, to quality healthcare, to participate in our democracy and our economy, and to not be discriminated against because of who you are, where you’re from, or who you love. To protect these rights we need progressive leaders who will champion bold solutions like Medicare-For-All, the Paycheck Fairness Act, the Raise the Wage Act, the Equality Act, overturning the disastrous Citizens United decision, and many other progressive legislative proposals at the Federal level. If elected, that’s exactly what he will do.