Joe Neguse

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Joe Neguse

Joe Neguse is the son of Eritrean refugees, who settled in Colorado.

Joe Neguse is an attorney, civic leader, and public servant who has spent his career fighting to expand opportunities for families across our state. He has lived in the 2nd Congressional District for the last 15 years, and was honored to represent the people of the district as an elected member of CU’s Board of Regents. He and his wife Andrea (who grew up in Broomfield) call the City of Lafayette home.[1]

Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC

In 2018 Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC (CPC PAC), the political arm of the 76-member Congressional Progressive Caucus, endorsed Joe Neguse (CO-02) for the House of Representatives.[2]

"Green New Deal"

From the Sunrise Movement:[3]


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has released a proposal for a Select Committee on a Green New Deal, a plan that would transform our economy and society at the scale needed to stop the climate crisis.

We have the momentum to make a Green New Deal real, but we need a critical mass of Congresspeople to support the proposal.

Take action on Dec. 10 to show Congress the Green New Deal is a top priority.

Congressional supporters by December 1 2018:

HR 109 endorser

By February 20 2019 endorsers of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's HR 109 (Green New Deal) included Joe Neguse.

PowerPAC+ 2014 and 2015 Endorsements

Joe Neguse ran for Colorado Secretary of State in 2014. He was endorsed by PowerPAC+.


PowerPAC+ 2014, 2015 endorsements;

Collective PAC

Launched in August of 2016, the Collective PAC is backing several candidates in 2018, including Joe Neguse CO (2) [5]

Carroll and Fitz-Gerald support


In 2013 Morgan Carroll and Joan Fitz-Gerald supported Joe Neguse.

Obama connection


Congressional run/background

As the 33 year-old son of refugees from Eritrea, Joe Neguse is not your typical candidate for Congress – in fact, he would be the first African-American elected to Congress in Colorado’s 141-year history. An attorney, civic leader, and public servant, Joe is running for Congress in Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District because he believes that all Coloradans deserve a fair shot at pursuing the American dream – attending college, participating in our economy, and shaping our democracy - and that dream is under attack now as never before.

After graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder summa cum laude and working for the then-Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives, Andrew Romanoff, Joe co-founded New Era Colorado, the state’s largest youth voter registration and mobilization non-profit in Colorado - successfully registering more than 100,000 young people to vote and get mobilized to the polls.

While still in law school, Joe was elected by the people of the 2nd District to serve on Colorado University’s Board of Regents. During his tenure as Regent he fought to make higher education more affordable and accessible, lower student health insurance costs, make voter registration more accessible and led initiatives to increase wages for the University’s lowest-paid workers. He went on to direct Colorado’s Consumer Protection Agency, becoming the youngest State Cabinet members in the country, leading initiatives to combat financial fraud against seniors.[6]

Democracy for America

Joe Neguse, U.S. House, Colorado 2, was endorsed by Democracy for America in 2018.

Cory Booker support


Kamala Harris endorsement

Joe Neguse for Congress April 26 2018 ·

I’m honored to have the support of Senator Kamala Harris! She has been an incredible leader in the U.S. Senate, and I am humbled to have the support and guidance of such a fearless leader.

CLW 2018


In 2018 Joe Neguse (D-CO-02) was supported by Council for a Livable World.

Joe Neguse, a son of refugees from Eritrea, Africa, is running to represent Colorado’s Second Congressional District, which is being vacated by Jared Polis (D), who is running for governor. The district is considered a safe Democratic seat.
In 2008, 33 year-old Neguse was elected by the Second Congressional District to the Colorado University Board of Regents, where he served a six-year term, including two years as Chair of the Audit Committee. Later, Neguse was appointed to lead the state’s consumer protection agency, where he was in charge of 600 employees and a $90 million budget.
Neguse strongly supports the Iran nuclear agreement and backs smart, effective reductions in Pentagon spending..[7]

Key supporters

Joe Neguse for Congress June 18, 2018.


With Katie Wallace, Dawn Reinfeld, Hannah Leah, Macy McArthur and William Lindstedt.

Young supporters

Joe Neguse for Congress, May 25 2018.


With Sean Culliton, Ben Weirich, Kim Abcouwer and Sinead Maguire.

CPC new members

2018 Congressional Progressive Caucus new members included Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Deb Haaland, Veronica Escobar, Jesus Garcia, Joe Neguse, Andy Levin, Mike Levin.[8]