Congressman Joe Neguse represents Colorado’s 2nd District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was elected to his first term in November 2018, becoming the first African-American member of Congress in Colorado history. He serves as a member of the House Judiciary Committee, House Natural Resources Committee, and the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.
Joe was elected by his colleagues to serve as a co-freshman representative to leadership in the 116th Congress, and in that capacity serves as a member of the House Democratic Leadership Team. He also serves as one of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Vice Chairs and Liaison to New Members.
Before his election, he served in the Governor of Colorado’s Cabinet as the Executive Director of Colorado’s consumer protection agency. As one of the youngest people to serve as a state-Cabinet secretary (at age 31), he achieved key victories, including the recovery of millions of dollars for consumers, investigations culminating in significant financial-fraud cases, the championing of legislation to combat financial fraud against seniors, and the launch of the state’s first online filing system for civil rights discrimination complaints.
Previously Joe was elected to represent Colorado’s 2nd District on the University of Colorado Board of Regents, where he served a six-year term fighting to make higher education more affordable and accessible and building consensus on tough issues, including efforts to lower student health insurance costs, increase wages for the University’s lowest-paid workers, and make voter registration more accessible to students. He also worked in the Colorado House of Representatives and co-founded New Era Colorado, the state’s largest youth voter registration and mobilization non-profit.
He received his B.S. in Political Science and Economics from the University of Colorado-Boulder, where he graduated summa cum laude, and received his J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law.