Diana DeGette

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Diana DeGette currently serves the First Congressional district of Colorado

Diana Louise DeGette, a Democrat, has represented the First Congressional District of Colorado in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1997. (map)

Record and controversies

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Iraq War

DeGette voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Support for gun control

DeGette cosponsored H.R. 1022 (Assault Weapons Ban Reauthorization Act of 2007) on March 13, 2007.[2]

Main article: U.S. gun legislation

Support of stem cell research

On January 5, 2007, DeGette sponsored the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007 (H.R.3) which would have lifted restrictions on stem cell research. It passed the House in a vote of 253-174, thirty-seven votes short of a veto-proof majority. It was later vetoed by President George W. Bush.[3]

Main article: U.S. federal stem cell legislation#House


A fourth-generation Coloradoan, DeGette was born in Tachikawa, Japan on July 29, 1957 while her father served in the armed forces. She graduated with honors from Colorado College in 1979 and earned a Juris Doctor degree from New York University in 1982. She then returned to Denver and began a successful law practice focusing on civil rights and employment litigation.

Long active in Denver politics, she was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1992. She was reelected in 1994 and chosen as minority whip. She authored a law that guarantees Colorado women unobstructed access to abortion clinics and other medical care facilities, popularly known as the "Bubble Bill." She also authored the state Voluntary Cleanup and Redevelopment Act, a model for similar cleanup programs.

1st District Congresswoman Pat Schroeder didn't run for a 13th term in 1996, and endorsed DeGette in the Democratic primary. She won the primary with 55 percent of the vote, which all but assured her of election in the heavily Democratic district (the 1st has been in Democratic hands for all but two years since 1933). She won in November with 57 percent and has been reelected four times against token Republican opposition. She won a fifth term in 2004 with a district-record 76 percent.

2006 elections

No major candidates announced their intentions to contest DeGette’s seat in the November 2006 election. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1]

2008 elections

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the Colorado superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Diana DeGette, as a superdelegate, had endorsed her for President.

For more information and sources, see the state page for this superdelegate linked to in the blue box above.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. <crpcontribdata>cid=N00006134&cycle=2006</crpcontribdata>

Links to more campaign contribution information for Diana DeGette
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


  • House Committee on Energy and Commerce
    • Subcommittee on Commerce Trade and Consumer Protection
    • Subcommittee on Health
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
    • Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

  • Co-chair, Congressional Diabetes Caucus
  • Pro-Choice Caucus
  • Chief deputy whip

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Diana DeGette. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC Office:
1527 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-4431
Fax: 202-225-5657
Web Email

District Office- Denver:
600 Grant Street, Suite 202
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-844-4988
Fax: 303-844-4996

Articles and resources


  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. Thomas page on H.R. 1022
  3. Robert McElroy, “Managing America: Health,” TheWeekInCongress, April 13, 2007.



  • John Aloysius Farrell, "Rove: Bush to veto DeGette bill," Denver Post, July 10, 2006: "Bush will likely cast the first veto of his presidency if the Senate, as expected, passes legislation to expand federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research, White House aide Karl Rove said today" ... "legislation, co-sponsored by Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver, and Rep. Mike Castle, R-Del."

Local blogs and discussion sites

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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110th Congress
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Congressional Diabetes Caucus, Pro-Choice Caucus, Chief deputy whip
Committees: House Committee on Energy and Commerce, House Committee on Energy and Commerce/Subcommittee on Commerce Trade and Consumer Protection, House Committee on Energy and Commerce/Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials, House Committee on Energy and Commerce/Subcommittee on Health, House Committee on Energy and Commerce/Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 5, 1996
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January 3, 1997
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
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Colorado House of Representatives
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District Offices:
1. 600 Grant Street, Suite 202 Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-844-4988 / Fax: 303-844-4996

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Date of Birth: July 29, 1957