Julie is a progressive Democrat, and she is the Colorado State Senator for District 34. With roots that stretch back generations in Colorado, Julie has spent her life organizing working people, Latinos, and young people on issues of affordable housing, educational justice, and immigrant rights. In her first three years in office, Julie strengthened protections for immigrant communities from ICE, repealed the death penalty, streamlined Colorado’s marijuana regulations, and allocated millions of dollars towards affordable housing. She currently serves as Chair of the Finance Committee; the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Committee; and a member of the Appropriations and Legislative Audit Committees. She serves as the Colorado Senate Democrats Caucus Chair, Secretary of the Colorado Democratic Latino Caucus, and Treasurer for the Board of Latino Legislative Leaders.