Incumbent U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette is seeking her 14th term representing Colorado’s 1st Congressional District. DeGette, a lawyer, is Colorado’s most senior national legislator, the dean of its nine-member delegation, and the state’s only female Democrat in Congress.
A lifelong Denverite, she has dedicated her career to protecting the environment, expanding access to health care, and fighting for reproductive justice. Before being elected to Congress, DeGette served two terms in the Colorado House of Representatives, where she protected access to abortion clinics. She continues this work in Congress as co-chair of the Pro-Choice Caucus.
DeGette has been recognized for her ability to work across party lines to deliver results. Some of her biggest achievements include playing an important role in the passage of the Affordable Care Act, co-authoring legislation that modernized medical research, and spearheading improvements in protecting our nation’s food supply. As chair of a key oversight panel, DeGette has led the effort to hold the Trump administration accountable for separating undocumented children from their families. DeGette has also been an outspoken advocate for enacting commonsense gun safety measures, safeguarding Colorado’s public lands, and protecting American consumers.
DeGette's Republican opponent, Jennifer Qualteri, is an accountant for the State of Colorado. Qualteri has no political or earned media record other than her nomination to run in one of the state's Democratic strongholds. Qualteri's social media posts include references to baseless claims of election fraud in 2020.
Diana DeGette is one of the state's longest-serving and most effective progressive leaders. If reelected, DeGette will continue being the strong, progressive voice that Denver needs in Washington.
We recommend she be retained in office to continue serving the people of Denver.