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Joe Neguse's Biography

Office: U.S. House (CO) - District 2, Democratic

On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House (CO) - District 2

Contact Information


Post Office Box 7142
Boulder, CO 80306
Phone: 720-432-3769

1220 South College Avenue
Unit 100A
Fort Collins, CO 80524

2503 Walnut Street
Suite 300
Boulder, CO 80302

1419 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Full Name:

Joseph 'Joe' Neguse




Wife: Andrea; 1 Child: Natalie

Birth Date:


Birth Place:

Bakersfield, CA

Home City:

Lafayette, CO



JD, University of Colorado, 2006-2009

BS, Political Science/Economics, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2002-2005

Representative, United States House of Representatives, Colorado, District 2, 2019-present

Candidate, United States House of Representatives, Colorado, District 2, 2018, 2020

Candidate, Colorado Secretary of State, 2014

Employee, Administrative Law, Snell & Wilmer

Former Staff, Andrew Romanoff, Former Speaker of the House, Colorado General Assembly

Former Director, Colorado Consumer Protection Agency

Executive Director, Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, 2015-2017

Associate Attorney, Holland and Hart, Limited Liability Partnership, 2009-2015

Former Chair, Audit Committee, Board of Regents, University of Colorado

Appointed, Former Commissioner, Boulder Housing Authority, Boulder City Council

Former Vice-Chair, Budget and Finance Committee, Board of Regents, University of Colorado

Member, Board of Trustees, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, 2015-2018

Member, Board of Directors, Qualistar Colorado, 2015-2017

Member, Board of Directors, Statewide Internet Portal Authority (SIPA), 2015-2017

Regent, Board of Regents, University of Colorado, District 2, 2009-2015

Commissioner, Boulder Housing Partners, 2007-2009

Co-Founder/Former Board Chair, New Era Colorado, 2006-2008


Rising Star Award, 2010, Colorado Democratic Party

Rising Star, 2012-2013, Colorado Super Lawyers

Consumer Protection Award, 2017, international Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation

Distinguished Recent Alumnus Award, Law School, University of Colorado

Pets (include names):

1 Dog: Teddy

Reason for Seeking Public Office:

My faith in democracy and the promise of the American Dream have been shaped by my family's journey to this country. As a first-generation American, I have been driven all my life to give back to our community, state and country because each has given my family and me so much. My parents fled a war-torn country in east-Africa over 30 years ago and eventually settled in Highlands Ranch, where my sister and I were raised. As hard-working naturalized citizens, they have never forgotten or taken for granted the freedom and opportunity this country gave them and their children. Their experience motivated me to be an active participant in our democracy at an early age, and to give back through public service. I've been honored to do just that as an attorney, public servant, and elected member of the CU Board of Regents, and it is why I am running for Secretary of State of Colorado.

All Colorado citizens have a stake in the direction of our state and each of our voices is important. As Secretary of State I will work to return integrity, transparency, and accountability to the office. Elections are the foundation of a representative government and are too important to be the victim of partisan games. I will work to ensure that all eligible voters can cast their vote and claim their stake in our state's prosperous future. As a business attorney, I also recognize the importance of having a vibrant and positive climate for businesses, small and large, and I pledge to work to ensure that all who want to create a start-up business in our state can. By streamlining and cutting the red tape, utilizing and implementing cutting edge technological tools, and adopting the best practices of our peers near and far, I know we can make Colorado one of the best states to start and run a business.