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

Residence: Denver, CO
Elected: 1996    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: Lino Lipinsky   DOB: 7/29/1957
Committee Assignments
ChairmanHouse Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
Co-ChairCongressional Diabetes Caucus
Co-ChairBipartisan Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus
Co-ChairBipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Study Group on Japan
FC MemberCongressional Food Safety Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change
FC MemberCongressional National Landscape Conservation System Caucus [NLCS Caucus]
MemberHouse Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands
FC MemberHouse Democracy Partnership
FC MemberCongressional Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Natural Gas Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Biotechnology Caucus
FC MemberCannabis Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
MemberHouse Committee on Energy and Commerce
FC MemberCongressional Children's Health Care Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Allergy and Asthma Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Research and Development Caucus
FC MemberCongressional French Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Recycling Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Italian American Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Energy
FC MemberPublic Broadcasting Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Children's Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Internet Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Down Syndrome Caucus
FC MemberInvisible Wounds Caucus
FC MemberHouse National Service Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Historic Preservation Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Natural Resources
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus to End the Youth Vaping Epidemic
FC MemberCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bike Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Rare Disease Caucus
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Mental Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Women's Issues (House)
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (House)
FC MemberBlack Maternal Health Caucus
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Progressive Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ+) Equality Caucus
Counties Representing
Arapahoe / Denver / Jefferson

Bio

Rep. Diana DeGette is a fourth-generation Coloradoan who has dedicated her life to serving the people of Colorado's First Congressional District.

Now in her thirteenth term, DeGette is recognized as a leading voice in the nation's ongoing health care debate. As the chair of a key oversight panel, DeGette is responsible for overseeing some of our nation's most important federal agencies - including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

In her role as chair of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce's Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, DeGette has quickly become a leading figure in holding the Trump administration accountable for its shameful policy of separating undocumented families at the border, ensuring the EPA is properly enforcing the nation's environmental laws, and lowering the cost of insulin for the millions of Americans who rely on it every day.

In addition to chairing the Energy and Commerce Oversight panel, DeGette also serves as a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, where she's working to enact policies that will further protect Colorado's public lands and combat climate change.

Rep. DeGette believes Congress has a responsibility to make health care more accessible and affordable for all Americans. Among her Congressional colleagues, DeGette is seen as a leading expert on cutting-edge scientific research, including the use of human embryonic stem cells.

In 2005, DeGette authored the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act to overturn the restrictions President George W. Bush put in place to prohibit the use of embryonic stem cells for research purposes. While Congress voted twice to approve DeGette's legislation, President Bush vetoed it both times. In March 2009, President Obama included the language from DeGette's bill in an executive order he signed to reverse the restrictions.

In addition to expanding the use of stem cell research, DeGette has been instrumental in expanding the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), which provides health insurance to low-income children. She also played a key role in drafting the Affordable Care Act, which President Obama signed into law in 2010.

Despite her many accomplishments, the one piece of legislation DeGette is best known for championing is the 21st Century Cures Act, which has modernized the nation's medical research system. The bill, known simply as the Cures Act, has been widely hailed as one of the most important pieces of legislation that Congress has passed in recent years. From cancer research to precision medicine, it has enabled more labs to make more breakthrough discoveries that could soon lead to new cures and treatments for patients around the world.

As co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, DeGette has been an outspoken leader in the fight to protect women's right to reproductive care.

In 2021, she co-authored the EACH Act, to overturn turn a federal law known as the Hyde Amendment, which prevents federal insurance programs - such as Medicaid or Tricare - from paying for abortion services.

DeGette is also the lead sponsor of the Prevention First agenda, which seeks to increase access to birth control and other family-planning services aimed at preventing unintended pregnancies from occurring in the first place.

She's also a leading advocate for the Equal Pay Act to help close the gender pay gap and ensure women receive equal pay for equal work.

A lifelong Coloradan, DeGette is guided by her traditional Western values and has a unique appreciation for our nation's natural resources and public lands. In 2019, DeGette sponsored legislation that was signed into law to make all national parks and public lands free for fourth grade students and their families to visit. She also authored a historic piece of legislation, known as the Colorado Wilderness Act, to protect and preserve 660,000 acres of wilderness across Colorado.

As a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, DeGette is focused on enacting new policies aimed at combating the climate crisis, while helping to grow our country's clean energy economy.

In 2007, DeGette successfully brokered a deal to enact tough new standards to protect Americans from lead in drinking water. She also played a key role in the effort to ban phthalates, a dangerous chemical which is harmful to children. And, as chair of the subcommittee that's responsible for overseeing the FDA, DeGette is leading the charge to protect our nation's food supply.

DeGette's passion for protecting people's rights is what led her to pursue public office. Prior to being elected to Congress, DeGette was an attorney in the Denver area where she focused on workers' rights. While in office, DeGette has worked tirelessly to protect the rights of women, immigrants and minorities in Colorado and across the country.

In 2019, DeGette convened the first House oversight hearing on the Trump administration's controversial policy of separating families at the border and continues to fight for the better treatment of immigrants and their families.

A fourth generation Coloradan and a lifelong Denverite, DeGette is a graduate of Denver's South High School. She earned her B.A, magna cum laude, from Colorado College in 1979; and a J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1982.

Before serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, DeGette served two terms in the Colorado House, including one term as Assistant Minority Leader from 1993-1995.

In 1996, after two terms in the state legislature, DeGette was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives where she continues to serve the people of Colorado's 1st Congressional District.

DeGette is married to Lino Lipinsky. They have two daughters and a son-in-law.