Diana (Diana) L. DeGette (D-USH01)
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Capitol: 202.225.4431
FAX: 202.225.5657
District: 303.844.4988
District FAX: 303.844.4996
Room 2111 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-0601

Residence: Denver, CO
Elected: 1996    Next Election: 2018
Spouse: Lino Lipinsky   DOB: 7/29/1957
Committee Assignments
RM MemberHouse Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
Co-ChairCongressional Diabetes Caucus
Co-ChairBipartisan Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus
Co-ChairBipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Study Group on Japan
FC MemberCongressional Food Safety Caucus
FC MemberCongressional National Landscape Conservation System Caucus [NLCS Caucus]
FC MemberCongressional Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Natural Gas Caucus
FC MemberCannabis Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Environment
FC MemberCongressional Children's Health Care Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Allergy and Asthma Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Recycling Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Energy and Commerce
FC MemberCongressional Children's Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Down Syndrome Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Research and Development Caucus
FC MemberCongressional French Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Biotechnology Caucus
FC MemberPublic Broadcasting Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Internet Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Health
FC MemberHouse National Service Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Brain Injury Task Force
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Women's Issues (House)
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Historic Preservation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bike Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Equality Caucus
Counties Representing
Arapahoe / Denver / Jefferson


Chief Deputy Whip Diana DeGette is serving her 11th term in Congress as Representative for the First District of Colorado. As a member of the powerful Committee on Energy and Commerce, an exclusive congressional committee with vast jurisdiction over health care, trade, business, technology, food safety, and consumer protection, she is one of the leading voices in the health care debate in this country. She also serves as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, which conducts the oversight of, and investigations into, issues falling under the jurisdiction of the full committee. 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.

Rep. DeGette played a pivotal role in the development of comprehensive health reform, and she led the overhaul of our nation's food safety system. She also led the first rewrite of Federal Chemicals Law, the Toxic Substances Control Act, in forty years. She is one of Congress's leading experts on cutting-edge scientific research and is a recognized leader on the subject of human embryonic stem cell research. As the Democratic leader of the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act, which became law in December 2016, Rep. DeGette worked 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.

A life-long Coloradoan, Rep. DeGette is guided by traditional Western values. She is the author of the landmark Colorado Wilderness Act, which would protect and preserve pristine land across Colorado for generations to come. She has fought to enhance her constituents' access to affordable quality health care, expand mass transit, improve transportation in the Denver area, clean up environmental waste sites, and improve opportunities for small business.

A fourth-generation Coloradoan, Rep. 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. She served two terms in the Colorado House of Representatives serving as Assistant Minority Leader from 1993-1995.

Rep. DeGette is married to attorney Lino Lipinsky. They have two daughters and a dog named Charlie.

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