|Preceded by Sue Schafer|
|Name Jessie Danielson|
Political party Democratic Party
|Alma mater University of Colorado Boulder|
Education University of Colorado Boulder
Residence Wheat Ridge, Colorado, United States
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Jessie Danielson is an American politician. She is an elected member of the Colorado House of Representatives from Wheat Ridge, Colorado. A Democrat, Danielson was first elected in the November 4, 2014 general election. Danielson represents State House District 24, which encompasses Wheat Ridge, Golden, Edgewater, Applewood, Fairmount, Mountain View, and Lakeside. The district is entirely within Jefferson County.
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- 2014 election
- Democratic primary
- General election
- 2016 election
- 70th General Assembly
- 2015 session
- 71st General Assembly
Danielson is a resident of Wheat Ridge. She was born in Greeley and was raised on her family's farm near Ault, graduating from Highland High School. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder. Her work experience includes America Votes working on election strategy and public policy, NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado as Political Director, and an independent living center that assists the disabled in living independently.
Danielson is a former chair of the board of directors for Emerge Colorado, and a former board member of both NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado and ProgressNow Colorado.
On January 12, 2014, incumbent State Representative Sue Schafer opted out of seeking a fourth term. On January 21, 2014, Danielson announced her candidacy in a press release.
On January 12, 2014, local Edgewater City Councilmember and Democrat Kristian Teegardin filed his candidacy for the seat. Danielson's filing created a primary race for the Democratic nomination. To qualify for the primary ballot in Colorado, candidates are required to win at least 30% of the vote of seated delegates at nominating assemblies held by political parties. At the March 29, 2014 Democratic assembly, Danielson received 58 out of 99 votes cast (or 58.6%), with Teegardin winning the rest; meaning both candidates qualified for the Democratic primary ballot. Danielson, with the most votes, won "top line" on the primary ballot.
The Democratic primary was held as an all mail-in ballot election ending at 7:00 P.M. on June 24, 2014. Danielson defeated Teegardin, thereby becoming the Democratic nominee for the November 4, 2014 general election.
Having won the Democratic Party primary, Danielson faced Republican Joe DeMott—who was unopposed in the Republican Party primary—on the 2014 general election ballot. Danielson went on to win this election, which ended on November 4, 2014.
Danielson ran for a second two-year term in the 2016 general election. She was unopposed in the Democratic primary election. Republicans nominated Joy Bowman as the Republican candidate for the general election during their nominating assembly. Boyman later withdrew from the race, and the Republican HD-24 vacancy committee appointed Danielson's 2014 opponent, Joe DeMott, to fill the Republican vacancy on the 2016 general election ballot.
Danielson defeated DeMott in the 2016 election, winning a second term.
70th General Assembly
Colorado's 70th General Assembly convened on January 7, 2015, at which time Danielson was sworn in. The new Speaker of the House Dickey Lee Hullinghorst appointed Danielson to the following committees:
During the 2015 session, Danielson introduced and sponsored the following bills:
71st General Assembly
Colorado's 71st General Assembly convened on January 11, 2016, at which time Danielson was sworn in. The new Speaker of the House Crisanta Duran appointed Danielson Speaker Pro Tempore of the House and to three or its committees: