Tracking Colorado members’ committee assignments in the 117th Congress

State’s 9-member delegation has strong presence in natural resources oversight

A view of the U.S. Capitol in September 2012. (Architect of the Capitol)

Colorado’s nine-member congressional delegation has already played an outsized role in the 117th Congress, which convened on Jan. 3, 2021.

After former President Donald Trump was impeached over allegations that he incited the violent mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol just three days later, Democratic Reps. Diana DeGette of Denver and Joe Neguse of Lafayette served as impeachment managers in his second trial.

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First-year Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert, meanwhile, drew national scrutiny over her own fiery rhetoric leading up to the Jan. 6 insurrection, and has continued to grab headlines as a vocal opponent of President Joe Biden’s new administration. The election of Boebert’s fellow D.C. newcomer, Sen. John Hickenlooper, helped Democrats gain control of the Senate for the first time since 2014.

With Democrats now in control of the White House and both chambers of Congress and intent on pursuing an ambitious agenda, Colorado’s representatives will likely continue to play a key role in crafting legislation through their work within congressional committees. Coloradans could be especially pivotal in negotiations over energy and climate change, public lands, military and intelligence issues, antitrust law and more.

Here are the major committee assignments and leadership posts held by all nine members of Colorado’s delegation:

Sen. Michael Bennet, official photo. (Courtesy of Sen. Michael Bennet)

Sen. Michael Bennet, D

Colorado’s senior senator, who has served in Congress since being appointed to his seat by Gov. Bill Ritter in 2009, is a member of:

  • Senate Committee on Finance
  • Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
  • Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

Within the Finance Committee, Bennet is chair of the Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure. Within the Agriculture Committee, he is chair of the Subcommittee on Conservation, Climate, Forestry and Natural Resources, which has been renamed in the 117th Congress to reflect a new emphasis on climate change.

“I’m glad that we’ve expanded the scope of the conservation and forestry subcommittee to focus in a bipartisan manner on locally-led efforts to build climate resilience,” Bennet said in a statement. “On the energy and infrastructure subcommittee, I’ll work to promote a forward-looking energy policy that addresses climate change while working to build consensus to finance our nation’s infrastructure needs.”

Sen. John Hickenlooper (Courtesy of Sen. John Hickenlooper)

Sen. John Hickenlooper, D

Colorado’s junior senator, who defeated former Republican Sen. Cory Gardner last year, has been named as a member of:

  • Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, or HELP
  • Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
  • Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Hickenlooper chairs the Commerce Subcommittee on Space and Science and the HELP Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety. He is the first Democratic senator since 1979 to chair two subcommittees in their first term, according to a press release from his office.

U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette
U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver.

Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver

Representing Colorado’s 1st Congressional District, DeGette is a member of:

  • House Committee on Energy and Commerce
  • House Committee on Natural Resources

She chairs the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation.

Rep. Joe Neguse. (neguse.house.gov)

Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Lafayette

Serving his second term in Congress after first being elected to represent the 2nd Congressional District in 2018, Neguse is a member of:

  • House Judiciary Committee
  • House Natural Resources Committee

He is also serving his second term as a member of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, a special panel convened by Speaker Nancy Pelosi in 2019 to advance federal efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate the transition to clean energy.

“We have entered a new era for climate action,” Neguse said in a statement earlier this year. “I look forward to working collaboratively with my colleagues on the Committee, and our partners across government to get to work tackling the climate crisis, preserving our lands, waters and forests and ensuring we leave a planet worthy of inheriting for future generations.”

Within the Natural Resources Committee, Neguse chairs the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands. He is also vice chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship.

Neguse serves as co-chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, the outreach and messaging arm of the House Democratic majority. DPCC co-chair is the eighth-ranked position in House leadership.

Rep. Lauren Boebert, official photo. (Courtesy of Rep. Lauren Boebert)

Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Silt

Colorado’s first-term GOP congresswoman, who represents the 3rd Congressional District, is a member of:

  • House Budget Committee
  • House Natural Resources Committee

“With over half of Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District containing federal land, I’ll have a unique opportunity to be a strong voice for my constituents on important issues impacting their livelihoods,” Boebert said in a January press release. “I look forward to getting to work and what we will accomplish for the people of Colorado’s 3rd District.”

Rep. Ken Buck, official photo. (Courtesy of Rep. Ken Buck)

Rep. Ken Buck, R-Windsor

Buck, who was first elected to represent Colorado’s 4th Congressional District in 2014, serves on:

  • House Judiciary Committee
  • House Foreign Affairs Committee

He is the ranking member — i.e., the top Republican — on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law.

Rep. Doug Lamborn represents Colorado’s 5th District in the U.S. House. (lamborn.house.gov)

Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs

Lamborn, who has represented Colorado’s 5th Congressional District since 2007, sits on:

  • House Armed Services Committee
  • House Natural Resources Committee
  • House Veterans’ Affairs Committee

He is the ranking member of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness.

Rep. Jason Crow, official photo. (Courtesy of Rep. Jason Crow)

Rep. Jason Crow, D-Aurora

Crow, who defeated longtime former GOP Rep. Mike Coffman in a hotly-contested 6th Congressional District race in 2018, serves on:

  • House Armed Services Committee
  • House Small Business Committee

Within the latter, he chairs the Subcommittee on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Workforce Development.

Crow was also appointed last week to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which oversees U.S. spy agencies.

“As we face foreign and domestic threats, a rising China and resurgent Russia, and ongoing cyber attacks, the work of the Intelligence Committee has never been more important,” Crow said in a statement. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to conduct the necessary oversight of our nation’s most sensitive intelligence matters, while safeguarding our privacy, civil liberties, and national security.”

Rep. Ed Perlmutter represents Colorado’s 7th District in the U.S. House. (perlmutter.house.gov)

Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Arvada

Perlmutter, a Democrat who represents Colorado’s 7th Congressional District, serves on:

  • House Financial Services Committee
  • House Committee on Science, Space and Technology
  • House Rules Committee

He is chair of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions, and vice chair of the Subcommittee on Rules and Organization of the House.

Additionally, Perlmutter serves on the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, a special panel tasked with making the House “more effective, efficient, accessible, and transparent for the American people.”

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the date the 117th Congress convened.

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