A strong advocate for Colorado
Morgan Carroll is the former minority leader of the Colorado state Senate, where she represents the state’s 29th District. Morgan grew up attending Colorado public schools and put herself through college by working at two Denver-area gas stations and doing clerical work. Morgan worked for 10 years in a law firm she founded with her mother, where she focused on advocating for disabled Coloradans and helping everyday families understand their legal rights. She is the author of a grassroots organizing guide to help voters understand how state government works and has led hundreds of seminars and town halls to help activists in her community learn how to create change in government. Elected to the Colorado state Senate in 2008, Morgan was also chosen to serve as its president, a role in which only one other woman has served in its 120-year history. A lifelong, third-generation Coloradan, Morgan’s interest in public service was inspired in part by her grandmother, who worked as a teacher and public school superintendent in Colorado. She has said her goal as a state senator is to “represent everyone in our district,” finding “real, bipartisan, or non-partisan solutions to the issues facing all of us.”
A champion for women and families
In the Colorado state Senate, Morgan represents her mother’s hometown, the city of Aurora. After 12 people were killed and 70 others injured in a 2012 shooting inside an Aurora movie theater, Morgan called for commonsense measures, like criminal background checks, to make Colorado communities safer. In 2014, she was a finalist for an EMILY’s List “Rising Star” award, nominated for her leadership following the shooting. Morgan has shown she’ll always fight for the issues that matter most to women and families. A strong supporter of raising the minimum wage, she also coauthored a bill to protect Coloradans from discrimination in the workplace. She fought successfully for a cap on college tuition hikes at Colorado state schools, and has made addressing student loan debt a top priority. Morgan also has a strong record on choice. She’s fought against legislation that would mandate invasive ultrasounds for women and sponsored a bill to make emergency contraception available to sexual assault survivors. A strong advocate for the environment, Morgan has said “we have a responsibility to protect our land, water, and air for us and for our future generations.”
A must-win fight in a district to watch
Colorado is a bellwether state for national elections and this race will be one to watch. Morgan will be running to win back Colorado’s Sixth District from a Republican named Mike Coffman, whom EMILY’s List put “On Notice,” marking his seat as a top target for Democratic takeover this cycle. Even though his extreme, conservative record is out of step with the views of voters in his district (which Barack Obama has carried twice), Mike Coffman has held onto his seat with the help of the Koch Brothers and with robust support from the Tea Party. With so much at stake in this election, Morgan Carroll needs the full support of the EMILY’s List community on her side — so voters in Colorado’s Sixth District can finally be represented by someone who shares their values.