My Story: Family, Community, Education and Leadership

Representative Crisanta Duran is a proud native of Colorado. Rep. Duran's family has owned a ranch just West of Trinidad going back six generations. Rep. Duran credits her parents for instilling the importance of public service in her from a very early age - to making a difference by encouraging economic stability and access to the American dream.

Rep. Duran graduated from Arvada West High School with honors and was fortunate to receive a scholarship to attend the University of Denver, where she earned a double major degree in Public Policy and Spanish. After graduating from the University of Denver, Rep. Duran began her study of law at the University of Colorado. While there, she was honored to be elected as President of the Student Bar Association, as well as President of the Latino Law Student Association.

As a Legislator, Rep. Duran has served on the Judiciary, Finance, State Veterans & Military Affairs and Joint Council committees at the State Legislature. Rep. Duran is currently the Chair of the Joint Budget Committee and the Appropriations Committee, which are charged with balancing Colorado's budget every year.

Since elected, Rep. Duran has received the following acknowledgements:

  • Denver Democrats Pat Schroeder Families First Award
  • Colorado Alliance for Retired Americans Certificate of Appreciation
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver Legislator of the Year
  • University of Colorado Alumni Legislative Award
  • Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition Legislative Award for Championing State Policies for Fair Immigration and Higher Education
  • CLLARO Roger Cisneros Poder Award
  • Denver Women's Commission & Colorado's Women's Chamber of Commerce Legislative Award
  • Planned Parenthood Champion of Choice
  • Colorado Association for Bilingual Education 2013 Federico Pena Community Leader Award
  • Health Care For All 2013 Legislative Hero
  • COLOR Legislative Champion Award
  • Denver Business Journal's 40 Under 40 Award
  • Mentioned in the Denver Post article, "Colorado Women Broke Political Barriers."
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