A lifelong Coloradan dedicated to public service
Brittany Pettersen is running for Congress to fight for Colorado’s working families.
Brittany grew up in a family that struggled to make ends meet as her mom battled with addiction, and she had to take on adult responsibilities at a young age. Brittany began to work cleaning houses and taking odd jobs at the age of 12, and with relentless hard work and the support of her teachers, she beat tough odds to become the first member of her family to graduate from high school and college. Brittany worked full-time to pay her way through college. Brittany has dedicated her career to civic engagement, building community, and public service. In addition to working on President Obama’s historic 2008 campaign, she has worked to engage a new generation of Coloradans in their democracy through voter registration and advocacy before stepping up to put her own name on the ballot. In 2012, she ran a successful grassroots campaign in a competitive race for the Colorado House of Representatives — and became the youngest woman in the state legislature. A powerful advocate for policies that give Colorado women and families a fair shot, Brittany is serving her third term in the Colorado House and she is running to give regular people a voice in Washington.
A tireless champion for Colorado’s working families
Brittany knows firsthand how hard many Coloradans struggle to get by, and she fights tirelessly on behalf of the hardworking families whose voices all too often go unheard in the halls of power. “When it comes to good schools for Colorado kids, access to health care for everyone and protecting seniors from cuts to Social Security, I’ll stand up to Donald Trump and fight for regular people,” she has said. In Congress, she will continue defending the lifelines the most vulnerable Coloradans need to get by and working to expand economic opportunity for all. Brittany overcame tremendous challenges with the help of dedicated teachers and strong public schools, and she is a champion for policies that expand Colorado students’ access to the quality education they need to thrive. She has sponsored the Middle Class College Savings Act and the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative to help more Colorado students attend college, and she currently serves as Chair of the Colorado House Education Committee. When elected to Congress, she will continue her life’s work of advocating for students and teachers. A fierce advocate for women’s rights, this pro-choice champion has sponsored legislation to increase access to contraception and fights for policies to combat gender discrimination in pay. Brittany is determined to increase access to healthcare — including mental health and addiction services — that are out of reach for too many Coloradans. “Being told, ‘I’m sorry, there are not any options out there’ — I think that was an even more hopeless feeling than being a kid,” Brittany has said of her experience trying to get her mother the care she needs. An experienced community leader and legislator, she is ready to take her fight for women and families all the way to Washington.
An opportunity to elect a new generation of leadership in an open seat
Brittany is running for an open seat that Democrats must hold as they fight to take back the House. She is the only woman running in a crowded primary — and she has what it takes to win the nomination and take on the GOP. The National Republican Congressional Committee put this district on its target list earlier this year, and the stakes are too high to take this seat for granted. “The threat from Donald Trump and the Republicans in Congress is real,” she has said. “We need leaders in Washington that understand tough times and what it takes to overcome those challenges.” As an elected leader, Brittany is already paving the way for the next generation of women leaders — and she will bring a badly-needed new perspective to Congress.
Brittany is the best candidate to fight for our values, and she needs the full support of the EMILY’s List community to give Colorado’s working families a new voice in Washington.
Let’s all chip in and help send this forward-looking Colorado leader to Congress.