Know Your Legislator: John Kefalas
Democrat John Kefalas is one of three new legislators coming from Larimer County, and will be representing House District 52, formerly held by Republican Bob McCluskey.
In the Rocky Mountain Chronicle out of Fort Collins, Kefalas revels some of his upcoming plans for next session, and what it’s like going through freshman orientation. Priorities?
From the article:
He also has plans for a law that would require healthcare workers who conduct kidney dialysis operations to be certified or licensed.
“This particular issue was brought to my attention by people in my district,” Kefalas says. “I believe that’ll be a second bill that I would be introducing because it does warrant attention.”
Committees and Allies?
Kefalas will be on the House Health and Human Services Committee, and was set to be on the Local Government Committee, until that assignment was changed just yesterday to to the Finance Committee, a spot where his GOP predecessor was also assigned.
Some of those groups include Housing Colorado, which advocates for affordable housing, and the Paycheck Away Project, a listening tour that wrapped up before the election and aimed to educate lawmakers about citizens living paycheck to paycheck. Kefalas will also work with and support the Blue Ribbon Commission on Health Care Reform. Lawmakers created the panel during the last session to examine and propose healthcare changes.
Kefalas also served in the Peace Corps in El Salvador, and has won numerous awards for social justice work.
What’s Going On In Orientation?
“It’s also been an opportunity to connect with the other freshman legislators, including Democrats and Republicans, so we’ve started to build some relationships there.”
In total, there are 31 freshman legislators this session.
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