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Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO-01)

Congresswoman Diana DeGette was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1997, and currently serves as the Chief Deputy Whip.  In this role, she works to ensure passage of key pieces of legislation and orchestrate opposition to Republican legislation that is antithetical to Democratic values.  As a member of the Democratic leadership, she played a vital role in the reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, has fought for tough food safety legislation, and was a key player in crafting a comprehensive consumer product safety bill.  As the Democratic leader of the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act, which became law in December 2016, Congresswoman DeGette helped modernize medical research to enable more discoveries in the lab that could lead to treatments and cures for patients. This law seeks to remake our medical research system to reflect the current environment for researchers, patients, doctors, drug and medical device developers, and everyone involved in treating diseases. 
 
Congresswoman DeGette graduated from Denver’s South High School, received her B.A. magna cum laude from Colorado College in 1979 and her J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1982.  Prior to being elected to the U.S. House, she served two terms in the Colorado House of Representatives serving as Assistant Minority Leader from 1993-1995.  Congresswoman DeGette is married to attorney Lino Lipinsky.  They have two daughters and a dog named Charlie.

Rep. Diana DeGette