Kathleen Collins "KC" Becker is an American politician from the state of Colorado. A member of the Democratic Party, Becker serves in the Colorado House of Representatives, representing the 13th district.
Becker was elected to the city council of Boulder, Colorado, in November 2009. When Claire Levy resigned from the Colorado House of Representatives in 2013, a vacancy committee selected Becker to replace her. Becker acknowledged that she had planned to run for the seat in the 2014 elections, when Levy would have been unable to run due to term limits. She was sworn in on November 4, 2013.
Rep. KC Becker serves as the House Majority Leader, the No. 2 position in the 65-member body. She organizes the legislative calendar and makes sure all bills that make it to the House floor receive full and fair consideration.
KC Becker graduated from the College of William and Mary with a B.A. in government, then went on to get her law degree from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College, where she was president of the Public Interest Law Project. Becker also has an M.S. in real estate development and construction management from the University of Denver’s Sturm School of Business.
Prior to her legislative service, she served on the Boulder City Council, where she was the council’s representative on the Boulder Urban Renewal Authority and was the city’s representative to the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG). Becker was elected to the Boulder City Council in 2009. She was one of 13 candidates running for five available seats.
During the 2014 midterm election, Becker defeated Republican candidate Michael James Hocevar with 67.7 percent of the vote. Becker ran unopposed during the 2016 election cycle.
Given Becker's time working for the Department of the Interior as an environmental lawyer, Becker has been a key voice on water and agricultural issues in the legislature. During the 2015 and 2016 legislative sessions, Becker served as the Vice Chair of the Agriculture Committee. In addition to environmental legislation, Rep. Becker has focused her legislative efforts on affordable housing, women’s health care, and governmental accountability for special interest tax breaks.
In 2017, Becker worked with State Rep. Jon Becker, State Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, and State Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman on the signature legislation of the session, a measure to stave off hundreds of millions of dollars in budget cuts to hospitals across the state. By exempting an obscure account called the hospital provider fee from the Referendum C cap on state revenue, the new law helps beleaguered hospitals, especially in rural areas, and allows Colorado to invest nearly $2 billion to repair and expand its crumbling, overburdened road network. Additional benefits will flow to rural K-12 students, small businesses and Colorado’s seniors. Becker and Sonnenberg spent nearly the entire legislative session negotiating the landmark compromise.