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Joe Neguse
Joe Neguse, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 2nd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byJared Polis
Personal details
Born (1984-05-13) May 13, 1984 (age 35)
Bakersfield, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of Colorado Boulder (BA, JD)
WebsiteHouse website

Joseph D. Neguse (/nəˈɡs/; born May 13, 1984) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Colorado's 2nd congressional district since 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously was a Regent of the University of Colorado from 2008 to 2015.[1] Neguse is the first Eritrean-American elected to the United States Congress and Colorado's first congressman of African descent.[2]

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Hello and welcome to Conversations with the Chancellor. There's a lot of discussion in the country today about education: the cost, the value and the future role of universities. With me today to discuss these issues is CU Boulder alum Congressman Joe Neguse. Congressman Neguse earned both his undergraduate and law degrees at CU. He served as student government president and is a former member of the Board of Regents. Congressman, welcome. It's great to be back. Thank you, Chancellor, for having me. Our pleasure. So, why don't you tell us a little bit about your background. Yeah, so, I grew up in Colorado, spent almost my whole life here. Grew up in Highlands Ranch, Littleton. Went to CU Boulder, as you mentioned, for my undergraduate degree and then worked for about a year at the state capitol, a little less, for the speaker of the House, and then from there I went to law school here at CU, so a double Buff, which I'm very proud of. And after I graduated from law school I practiced law for a number of years at a Denver firm and then finally had an opportunity to serve in the governor's cabinet. Governor Hickenlooper appointed me back in 2015 to run our state's Consumer Protection Department. And then from there I ran for Congress and got elected last year, so I've been serving since January of this year. That's great, and the university is so proud of you and your accomplishments. You know, one of my strategic imperatives is to shape tomorrow's leaders. Could you talk a little bit about how CU shaped you as a leader? Yeah, very much so, I mean the university had a great deal of impact in terms of, you know, my success and my ability to be able to serve in public office. You know it starts probably with my experiences when I was an undergraduate in student government. It gave me the chance at a very young age to get a sense of what self-governance looks like and ways in which we could be impactful and have an impact in a tangible way on students’ lives, working and building a team. What do you think is the biggest issue facing higher education today? I would say, just baseline, I've always believed that higher education is a public good, and I think about what public higher education has done for my family and, as you know, Phil, the son of immigrants, and so my parents came here with very little, but thanks to the incredible freedoms and the opportunities that we have in the United States, they were able to make it and to live the American dream. From my perspective we ought to do everything we can to make sure that dream is accessible to, you know, everybody in this country so that more people can have experiences that I did at the University of Colorado and so many other students who come through these doors are able to have. Absolutely, and you know there's, as you said, a lot of discussion about the cost of higher education today and the value on it, and, you know, how as a nation should we be dealing with the high cost of higher education given all of the benefits that you mentioned one gets out of being a college graduate? You know, I think we have to be prepared as a community, as a locality, a municipality, a county, a state, a country, as a society, to make the appropriate investments. I think at the federal level there's more that we could do. We're pushing, and I certainly am an advocate for increasing Pell grant funding, by way of example. But then also at the state level we've got to be willing to make the appropriate investments, and I just think we've not done that, obviously, as you know. Colorado has been, historically the funding level for our universities has been very low. That is starting to change, and I'm very grateful for that. Also I would say we're gonna need institutions to show leadership, and you know, you all, I'd be curious if you’d share a little bit about what you've done recently because it's something that I was an advocate for many years when I was on the Board of Regents and it has finally come to fruition, which I'm very excited about. So you know one of the things that we're doing is guaranteed tuition for our resident undergraduates. So the way it works is, a freshman comes in and pays tuition and fees that do not go up at all for four years. So for four years that student will pay the same tuition. The other thing that we did, and you'll probably remember how we used to do course and program fees. We eliminated that two years ago and it saved students close to 10 million dollars. And so we actually this past year saw tuition and fees drop for students. Wow! And that was a decision that I didn't make but our deans made, and I was very proud of them to take that initiative. The other, again, that you might remember is we started a program called Esteemed Scholars. We want to keep the best students in the state, we want them to go to the University of Colorado so that they can give back to the state, so that they can become productive citizens and add to the economy. And right now we have about 21 percent of our undergraduates who are Esteemed Scholars, and these are in the top 5 percent. That's about one-fifth, that's an incredible number. Exactly, it's very encouraging that we're keeping the best students in state. I think we're doing an incredible job of keeping tuition low and making sure that our students graduate in four years. The fact that you're able to make the promise about the guarantee, particularly in a time of such great economic uncertainty. The fact that families have certainty with respect to that piece of the funding makes a lot of sense. So with the changes in society, technology, access to information, dropout billionaire CEOs, why is higher education still important? It's a good question. I'm not a billionaire, as you know, Phil, so I don't, maybe I'm the wrong person to ask, but you know my sense of it is this. There are so many residual benefits that come from public higher education in terms of the impact it has on, you know individuals’ lives and their families and, you know, climbing up the economic ladder. It's the one ticket to upward economic mobility in my view, but also, you know, the benefits it has to society writ at large. The technological advances, the patents that come out of institutions like the University of Colorado, and I think if you ask most folks who have had the opportunity that I've had to get a four-year degree or also to potentially go to graduate school, that they would, generally speaking, say the same thing. That's great, and I hope your 1-year-old daughter will also become a Buff. Well, you know, we represent CU and CSU, so I'm not going to pick. But my wife wants her to go to CU. Congressman, I really want to thank you for all that you've done. I look forward to watching your career move forward and look forward to working with this year. Well, thank you, Chancellor, for your leadership 90 00:06:37,360 --> 00:06:41,620 over these many years on this campus, and I hope you'll relay my gratitude to the many deans and faculty members and instructors and so many others who I think are having a profound impact on countless students each and every day and excited to partner with you all in those efforts. Thank you all for watching, and go Buffs!

Contents

Early life

Neguse's parents immigrated to the United States from Eritrea. They met while living in Bakersfield, California, where they married and had Joe and his younger sister.[3] The family moved to Colorado when he was six years old. After living in Aurora, Littleton, and Highlands Ranch, the family settled in Boulder.[4] Neguse graduated from ThunderRidge High School,[3] the University of Colorado Boulder with a bachelor's degree in political science and economics in 2005, and the University of Colorado Law School with his Juris Doctor in 2009.[5]

Earlier career

Neguse founded New Era Colorado, an organization to get young people involved in politics, while he was a student. He worked at the Colorado State Capitol as an assistant for Andrew Romanoff. He was elected to the Regents of the University of Colorado, representing Colorado's 2nd congressional district in 2008, following nomination by the Democratic Party.[6]

Neguse ran for Secretary of State of Colorado in the 2014 elections.[7][8][9] He lost to Wayne W. Williams, 47.5% to 44.9%.[10] Governor John Hickenlooper appointed Neguse the executive director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) in June 2015.[11]

In 2017, Neguse resigned from DORA to run in the 2018 elections for the United States House of Representatives in Colorado's 2nd congressional district, seeking to succeed Jared Polis, who successfully ran for Governor of Colorado.[12] He also joined the law firm Snell & Wilmer, working in administrative law.[13]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2018 General election

On June 13, 2017, Neguse announced he would run for the Democratic nomination after incumbent U.S. Representative Jared Polis announced he would not run for re-election and would run for Governor of Colorado[14][15] In the June 26, 2018 Democratic primary–the real contest in this heavily Democratic district–Neguse faced businessman and former Boulder County Democratic Party chairman Mark Williams.[16] Neguse defeated Williams, receiving 65.7% of the votes and winning all 10 counties that encompass the district.[17][18]

Neguse went on to face Republican businessman Peter Yu. On November 6, 2018, Neguse defeated Yu, receiving 60.2% of the vote, and winning all but 2 counties in the district.[19][20] Upon election, Neguse became the first American-African to represent Colorado in the United States House of Representatives.[21][22]

Tenure

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Electoral History

Democratic primary results, Colorado 2018[23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Joe Neguse 76,829 65.74%
Democratic Mark Williams 40,044 34.26%
Total votes 116,873 100%
Colorado's 2nd congressional district results, 2018[24]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Joe Neguse 259,608 60.27%
Republican Peter Yu 144,901 33.64%
Independent Nick Thomas 16,356 3.80%
Libertarian Roger Barris 9,749 2.26%
Write-in 151 0.03%
Total votes 430,765 100%
Democratic hold

Personal life

Neguse and his wife, Andrea, had their first child in August 2018. Andrea Neguse is of Hispanic descent.[25][2] Neguse is also the first Eritrean American and Habesha to serve in Congress.

See also

References

  1. ^ The Human Limits of Human Capital: An Overview of Noncompete Agreements and Best Practices for Protecting Trade Secrets from Unlawful Misappropriation
  2. ^ a b "Parents' Journey Inspired US Congress' 1st Eritrean-American". VOA. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Swinnerton, Jamie (June 19, 2014). "Joe Neguse -- "I go by Joe" -- on his run for Secretary of State". Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  4. ^ Michael Roberts (August 31, 2018). "Joe Neguse Interview About Colorado Second District Congressional Run 2018". Westword. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  5. ^ "2008 Candidate Profile: Joseph Neguse, Democrat". Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  6. ^ "Neguse, Fitz-Gerald assembly winners - Boulder Daily Camera". Dailycamera.com. July 30, 2009. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  7. ^ Daily, Boulder (June 24, 2013). "CU Regent Joe Neguse seeks Democratic nod for secretary of state – The Denver Post". Denverpost.com. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  8. ^ "Democrat Joe Neguse files for SoS - Colorado Politics". Coloradostatesman.com. June 27, 2013. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  9. ^ Lynn Bartels (April 10, 2014). "Joe Neguse, son of immigrants, runs for Colorado secretary of state". Blogs.denverpost.com. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  10. ^ "GOP sweeps statewide seats for second election in a row - Colorado Politics". Coloradostatesman.com. November 7, 2014. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  11. ^ "Secretary Williams touts one-time rival, Joe Neguse, for cabinet post – Lynn Bartels on SOS.state.co.us". bartels-on.sos.state.co.us. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  12. ^ Matthews, Mark K. (June 13, 2017). "Joe Neguse declares run for Jared Polis' seat in Congress – The Denver Post". Denverpost.com. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  13. ^ Paul, Jesse (August 29, 2017). "Joe Neguse joins Denver law office of Snell & Wilmer". Denverpost.com. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  14. ^ "Joe Neguse declares run for Jared Polis' seat in Congress". The Denver Post. June 13, 2017. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  15. ^ "Neguse resigning as DORA executive director, running for Congress". Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  16. ^ "Congressional candidates want Medicare for all and to impeach Trump. Money divides them". Coloradoan. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  17. ^ "Election Night Reporting". results.enr.clarityelections.com. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  18. ^ "Colorado Primary Election Results: Second House District". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  19. ^ "Election Night Reporting". results.enr.clarityelections.com. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  20. ^ "Colorado Election Results: Second House District". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  21. ^ "Joe Neguse Becomes First African-American To Represent Colorado In Congress". November 6, 2018. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  22. ^ "Joe Neguse wins 2nd Congressional District seat, becomes Colorado's 1st black congressman". The Denver Post. November 7, 2018. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  23. ^ "2018 Colorado Democratic primary election results". Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  24. ^ Cite error: The named reference General Election was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  25. ^ "2nd Congressional District candidates meet in quest to replace Jared Polis". Broomfield Enterprise. August 29, 2018. Retrieved October 11, 2018.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jared Polis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 2nd congressional district

2019–present
Incumbent
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Debbie Mucarsel-Powell
United States Representatives by seniority
391st
Succeeded by
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
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