Representative Andrew Romanoff was the Speaker of the House and is the first Democrat to hold that post since 1975. He is serving his fourth term for House District 6 and is Chair of the Executive Committee of the Legislative Council and the Legislative Council Committee. Speaker Romanoff is the youngest recipient of the William M. Bulger Excellence in State Legislative Leadership Award, the highest award bestowed upon state legislative leaders.
The Denver Post described Speaker Romanoff as one of Colorado’s most effective legislators. He steered 25 bills through the Republican-controlled House in his first two terms, including laws that expand the supply of affordable housing, provide treatment for substance abuse and mental illness and protect the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Speaker Romanoff gained national acclaim for his work in crafting the Colorado Economic Recovery Act, Referendum C. He built a broad coalition of public and private leaders to champion the ballot measure in the fall of 2005.
In the legislature’s off-season, Speaker Romanoff teaches political science at the Community College of Aurora. He has also taught at Red Rocks Community College and at the University of Colorado’s Graduate School of Public Affairs. He began teaching in Central America and speaks fluent Spanish. He has served as a mentor with the Denver Kids Program and as President of the Washington Street Community Center. Speaker Romanoff earned a bachelor’s degree at Yale and a master’s degree in public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
He has a twin sister, a Democratic mother, a Republican father, and an independent minded border collie named Zorro.