Diana DeGette

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U.S. Representative

Diana DeGette (D)


Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: House Committee on Energy and Commerce, House Committee on Natural Resources
(subcommittees and past assignments)
Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

Primary challenge: No

Incumbent running: Yes

2012 candidates for CO-01

Confirmed: Danny Stroud, Diana DeGette
Possible: None so far
Out: None so far
(more info & editing for CO-01)
On the Web
Official website

Diana Louise DeGette, a Democrat, has represented the First Congressional District of Colorado in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1997.


Record and controversies

Congressional scorecards

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Organization 2007 Scorecard
Score - Agree ratio
2008 Scorecard
Score - Agree ratio
American Civil Liberties Union not avail. not avail.
American Conservative Union 0 - 0/25 not avail.
AFSCME not avail. not avail.
Americans for Democratic Action 90 - 18/20 80 - 16/20
Club for Growth not avail. not avail.
Drum Major Institute not avail. not avail.
Family Research Council not avail. not avail.
Information Technology Industry Council not avail. not avail.
League of Conservation Voters not avail. not avail.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People not avail. not avail.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 55 - 11/20 not avail.

Iraq War

DeGette voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Support for gun control

DeGette cosponsored H.R. 1022 (Assault Weapons Ban Reauthorization Act of 2007) on March 13, 2007.[2]

Main article: U.S. gun legislation

Support of stem cell research

On January 5, 2007, DeGette sponsored the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007 (H.R.3) which would have lifted restrictions on stem cell research. It passed the House in a vote of 253-174, thirty-seven votes short of a veto-proof majority. It was later vetoed by President George W. Bush.[3]

Main article: U.S. federal stem cell legislation#House


A fourth-generation Coloradoan, DeGette was born in Tachikawa, Japan on July 29, 1957 while her father served in the armed forces. She graduated with honors from Colorado College in 1979 and earned a Juris Doctor degree from New York University in 1982. She then returned to Denver and began a successful law practice focusing on civil rights and employment litigation.

Long active in Denver politics, she was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1992. She was reelected in 1994 and chosen as minority whip. She authored a law that guarantees Colorado women unobstructed access to abortion clinics and other medical care facilities, popularly known as the "Bubble Bill." She also authored the state Voluntary Cleanup and Redevelopment Act, a model for similar cleanup programs.

1st District Congresswoman Pat Schroeder didn't run for a 13th term in 1996, and endorsed DeGette in the Democratic primary. She won the primary with 55 percent of the vote, which all but assured her of election in the heavily Democratic district (the 1st has been in Democratic hands for all but two years since 1933). She won in November with 57 percent and has been reelected four times against token Republican opposition. She won a fifth term in 2004 with a district-record 76 percent.

2006 elections

No major candidates announced their intentions to contest DeGette’s seat in the November 2006 election. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1]

2008 elections

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the Colorado superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Diana DeGette, as a superdelegate, had endorsed her for President.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Democracy Engine$ 60,500
American Assn for Justice$ 10,000
American Crystal Sugar$ 10,000
Communications Workers of America$ 10,000
McKesson Corp$ 10,000
National Cable & Telecommunications Assn$ 10,000
JStreetPAC$ 9,200
tw telecom$ 8,500
American Optometric Assn$ 7,500
Boilermakers Union$ 7,500
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' www.OpenSecrets.org site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Diana DeGette
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

  • House Committee on Energy and Commerce
    • Subcommittee on Commerce Trade and Consumer Protection
    • Subcommittee on Health
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
    • Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

  • Co-chair, Congressional Diabetes Caucus
  • Pro-Choice Caucus
  • Chief deputy whip

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Diana DeGette. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 2335 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-4431 Fax: 202-225-5657
    Webform email
District offices
  • 600 Grant Street, Suite 202 Denver, CO 80203
    Ph: 303-844-4988 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office
  • No campaign website entered.
  • No campaign webform email entered.
  • No campaign office information entered.

Articles and resources


  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. Thomas page on H.R. 1022
  3. Robert McElroy, “Managing America: Health,” TheWeekInCongress, April 13, 2007.



  • John Aloysius Farrell, "Rove: Bush to veto DeGette bill," Denver Post, July 10, 2006: "Bush will likely cast the first veto of his presidency if the Senate, as expected, passes legislation to expand federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research, White House aide Karl Rove said today" ... "legislation, co-sponsored by Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver, and Rep. Mike Castle, R-Del."

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