A champion for Colorado’s working families
Raised by a single mother who achieved financial stability after joining the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union, Diane Mitsch Bush is a champion for working families. She previously served four years in the Colorado House of Representatives, where she led the fight for strengthening public education, increasing access to affordable health care, and protecting Colorado’s lands. She also served as a Routt County commissioner, working on issues important to rural Colorado including water rights, broadband access, transportation funding, and affordable housing. As a Routt County commissioner, Diane also helped balance the county’s budget during the Great Recession. Prior to serving as an elected official, she was a professor at Colorado Mountain College and Colorado State University. Diane has called Steamboat Springs home for over 40 years and currently lives there with her husband.
A public servant and former educator dedicated to expanding economic opportunity
Diane is deeply committed to expanding economic opportunity for rural Coloradans, improving access to affordable health care, and investing in public education. A former educator herself, Diane understands how important high quality public education is in improving the next generation’s economic outcomes. “I believe that high quality public education is the key to opportunity, because it was for me,” she has said. Diane also recognizes the need to invest in job training programs to prepare Colorado’s workers for today’s economy. “I have supported bills to help businesses create good jobs and provide workforce training, including apprenticeships,” she has said.
An opportunity to flip a seat from red to blue
Diane is running for the open seat being vacated by incumbent Republican Congressman Scott Tipton. She now faces an extremely conservative challenger who has promoted baseless conspiracy theories. Diane ran in 2018, and now this open seat is a prime opportunity to flip a seat and strengthen our House majority. Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District has not elected a Democrat in 12 years, and Diane is poised to change that. Let’s show Diane the full support of the EMILY’s List community and help send this champion for Colorado working families to Congress.