Joan Fitz-Gerald

Former President at America Votes

Joan Fitz-Gerald

Joan Fitz-Gerald

Former President at America Votes

Biography

Joan Fitz-Gerald



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Raised in New York City by a single mother, Joan attended Marymount Manhattan College on scholarships. She graduated with a dual degree in political science and history. She moved to Colorado with her family in 1977 and is the former President of the Colorado State Senate. To date, Joan is the only woman ever to hold that title.

In 1990, Joan won the office of county Clerk and Recorder in Jefferson County, a county of approximately 500,000. In the county's 150 year history, Joan was the first woman and the first Democrat to hold the office. In 1993, she ran the largest most complicated mail ballot election in the country and received an award from the national Association of Counties for its success. As Clerk and Recorder, Joan managed 105 people which included 5 different locations in Motor Vehicle, a Recording office, Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners, and an elections office.

After serving two terms as Clerk, Joan ran for and won a State Senate seat and changed the balance of power in the Colorado Senate for the first time in 50 years. She was named Chair of the Business, Labor and Finance Committee overseeing health insurance, workers' rights, and financial issues.

Joan was elected by her peers in 2002 to become the first democratic woman to be Minority Leader of the Senate. At the end of the first year she led the fight against an unconstitutional redistricting plan that was part of a national strategy. Although the issue prevailed on the floor of the Senate and was signed by the Governor, it was found unconstitutional based on the record created by the Democratic minority.

In 2004, Joan assumed responsibility for raising money, recruiting candidates and developing election strategy, and worked tirelessly to once again elect a Democratic majority. She was elected as its first woman President in January of 2005. In 2006, she brought in a majority of 20 Democrats and was once again elected by the Senate as its President. In 2007, she carried three of the critical bills that were passed under her leadership and transformed Colorado into a renewable energy center for the country. Joan is credited with working with Republican Governor Owens in helping to solve a budget crisis that required a constitutional fix voted on by the electorate.

Joan was chosen as Chair of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee in December of 2004. Under her leadership, the DLCC was able to bring 10 new chambers under Democratic control in the 2006 election, and gained 350 legislative seats nationally. Howard Dean specifically named Joan as one of three people largely responsible for the Democratic state legislative success.

In 2007, Joan resigned the Senate Presidency and her senate seat to concentrate on a run for the U.S. House. Joan raised $1.8 million and garnered 38% of the vote in a hard-fought Democratic primary where now-Representative Jared Polis pulled close to 48% of the vote and a third candidate, Will Shafroth received nearly 16% of the vote.

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America Votes
Colorado State Senate

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Chief Executive Officer at The Brico Fund

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Education
Dual Degree in Political Science & History

Marymount Manhattan College is an urban, independent, liberal arts college. The mission of the College is to educate a socially and economically diverse student body by fostering intellectual achievement and personal growth and by providing opportunities for career development. Inherent in this mission is the intent to develop an awareness of social, political, cultural, and ethical issues in the belief that this awareness will lead to concern for, participation in, and improvement of society.

Career History
Senator from the 16th District
2001 - 2007
President
Prior
President
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Political Donations
$250
2013

Representative from Colorado's 7th Congressional District

$1,000
2013

Former Senator from Colorado

$250
2012

EMILY's List is a political action committee (PAC) in the United States that aims to help elect pro-choice Democratic female candidates to office. It was founded by Ellen Malcolm in 1984. The name EMILY's List is an acronym for "Early Money Is Like Yeast" (i.e., it raises dough).

Political Donations Received
$999
2008
$250
2008
Other Affiliations

Joan Fitz-Gerald is affiliated with Colorado State Senate, America Votes, Colorado State Senate

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