Senator Julie Gonzales represents Colorado’s Senate District 34, which includes north, west, and downtown Denver. First elected in 2018, she currently serves as Chair of the Finance committee, Vice Chair of the Judiciary Committee, and as a member of the Appropriations Committee. She is also the Secretary for the Colorado Democratic Latinx Caucus. In her first two years, she championed the repeal of the death penalty, banned ICE from conducting unconstitutional courthouse arrests, advanced social equity for retail marijuana licenses, strengthened immunization requirements for school entry, and secured millions of dollars for affordable housing.
A proud Chicana with roots that go back in Colorado for generations, Julie has dedicated her life to organizing and building power for marginalized communities both within and outside of the Capitol. Prior to running for office, Julie served as a paralegal to non-citizens navigating the broken criminal justice and immigration systems, organized a statewide grassroots movement to defend and advance immigrant rights, supported parents and students organizing to advance educational justice and demand an end to the school-to-prison pipeline, and brought labor and community together to hold developers accountable through a community benefits agreement.
Julie is a co-founder and former statewide board chair of the Colorado Latino Forum, a founding board member of United We Dream, and a trainer with New American Leaders. She holds a B.A. in History and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration from Yale University. She lives in Denver’s Northside with her husband Ben and their shih-tzu mutt Chookie.
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