January 7th's Town Hall at Old Town Library with Representative Ginal was incredibly exciting- with approx. 130 people showing up (more than 5 times the usual crowd), it was probably the most populated Town Hall I have ever helped to host. I'm excited that folks are out wanting to become more involved and active in the political process- this is extremely important and what keeps democracy in our nation alive. On the same token, I recognize that part of the reason so many showed up to have their voices heard on Saturday, is due to the many uncertainties a new presidential administration holds for people, especially in the areas of health care and climate change.
These, among many others, are issues that I, Representative Ginal and Representative Arndt, also hold very closely to our heart and are committed to working on to make the world a better place for those here now and for future generations to come. Each of us are deeply committed to making our constituent's voices heard at a state level and to helping folks in whatever ways we can. For those who were able to make it out yesterday, despite the frigid weather, your engagement is appreciated more than you know and I encourage everyone to continue engaging in our Town Halls, Community Conversations, and through staying updated with whats going on during the 2017 General Session, so that we may all work together to build a better tomorrow. If you were unable to make it yesterday, the Coloradoan posted an article yesterday summarizing the event:
About the 2017 General Assembly
The 71st General Assembly begins Wednesday, January 11, and for the next 120 days we state legislators (35 in the Senate, and 65 in the House) will be doing the people’s work to the best of our abilities. I am working on various bills dealing with health care, government transparency, affordable housing, early childhood, transportation and other important issues. As always, the Legislature will be tackling tough issues and I will be working hard during this time to make my constituents voices heard. If you have time, please visit the General Assembly's new website at http://leg.colorado.gov to see day to day update on legislative activities. Live streaming for hearings can still currently be heard online on the General Assembly's old website at http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics/cslFrontPages.nsf/HomeSplash?OpenForm.
"The cornerstone of deomocracy rests on the foundation of an educated electorate"- Thomas Jefferson
Legislative Awards & Recognitions
Champion for Economic Justice, Colorado Center on Law and Policy (2014)
Colorado Women’s Lobby, 100% Legislative Score (2016)
Legislative Advocate of the Year, Colorado Consumer Health Initiative (2015)
Legislative Recognition Award, Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Larimer County (2015)
Legislator of the Year, Colorado Association of People Supporting Employment First (2016)
Legislator of the Year, Colorado Nonprofit Association (2016)
Legislator of the Year, Mental Health Colorado (2016)
Special Recognition Award-Service to Colorado's Seniors, Colorado Senior Lobby (2016)
About Senator John Kefalas
Senator John Kefalas serves the people of Senate District 14, which spans Fort Collins. He is the ranking member of the Local Government Committee, serves as a new member of the Health and Human Services Committee, and a member of the Capital Development Committee. In addition, John serves on the Health Insurance Exchange Oversight Committee, Behavioral Health Transformation Council and the All Payer Claims Database Advisory Committee. From 2009 – 2014 John led the Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force, and served on the Flood Disaster Recovery Committee and the Early Childhood and School Readiness Legislative Commission in 2013 and 2014 respectively. He teaches public policy graduate courses at Colorado State University as an adjunct faculty member. For more information please visit www.johnkefalas.org/biography.
State Senator (SD-14)
Fort Collins, Colorado