Rep. Joe Neguse re-elected to Congress for second term |

Rep. Joe Neguse re-elected to Congress for second term

Colorado Rep. Joe Neguse discusses the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act at the Coon Hill Trailhead on the west side of the Eisenhower Tunnel in Summit County on Sept. 4.
Photo by Liz Copan / Studio Copan

Rep. Joe Neguse has won his re-election bid for the U.S. House of Representatives in Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District, the Associated Press reports.

Neguse took on Charlie Winn, a Boulder Republican. Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District includes Boulder County and parts of Eagle and Summit counties.

Neguse took over the seat from Governor Jared Polis, who held it from 2009 to 2018.

Celebrating his re-election on Tuesday, Neguse told the Vail Daily his freshman term in the U.S. House of Representatives was busy, but impactful.

“We had no shortage of challenges,” he said. “It was a trying time for our country and our community … culminating with the coronavirus pandemic and now the brutal wildfire season.”

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‘Follow the science’

Neguse said discussions with residents in the 2nd Congressional District will need to continue in the months to come, as some of the largest wildfires in recorded history continue to burn in Colorado.

When it comes to tackling wildfire mitigation, “We have to be prepared to follow the science, wherever that leads,” Neguse said. “Sometimes that leads to more uncomfortable conversations — I’m all about making progress where we can.”

Neguse, who is 36 and the youngest member of Colorado’s Congressional District, said when he arrived in Congress, he put his “foot on the gas.”

He introduced 38 bills in the 116th Congress — the most of any freshman member, and served as a vice-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and the vice-chair of the Medicare-for-All Caucus.

Neguse was also elected by his peers to be the Freshman Co-Representative to Leadership and earlier this year, he earned the national Town Hall Project’s “Spirit of Service” award for holding more town halls than any other freshman of Congress in the first quarter of the 116th Congress.

“It was a very, very, very busy two years,” he said. “And I think the next two years will be just as busy.”

Neguse described the last two years as the honor of his life.

“I look forward to continuing our work together to lower healthcare costs, combat climate change and recover from the terrible wildfires our community has experienced, recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and more,” he said. “I am deeply grateful to the people of our district for giving me the opportunity to work on these critical issues, and I pledge to work tirelessly each and every day on their behalf, fighting for the Colorado values we share.”

Family support

In addition to being busy with Congress, Neguse was also busy as the parent of a newborn. His daughter, Natalie, was two months old when he took office.

Neguse said he has benefitted from the support of his wife, Andrea, and his family.

Neguse’s parents fled Eritrea, a war-torn country in East-Africa, nearly 40 years ago, settling in Colorado, where Neguse and his sister were raised.

Neguse worked as an attorney and a civil leader before becoming Colorado’s first African-American Congressperson, and the only person of color in the state’s Federal delegation.

“I said from Day 1 that if I were given the opportunity to represent our community in Congress, that I would not take that for granted, and I would work hard every single day to serve our community,” he said. “We are going to keep our foot on the gas.”

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