Brittany Pettersen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 7th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2023
Preceded byEd Perlmutter
Member of the Colorado Senate
from the 22nd district
In office
January 4, 2019 – January 3, 2023
Preceded byAndy Kerr
Succeeded byJessie Danielson
Member of the Colorado House of Representatives
from the 28th district
In office
January 9, 2013 – January 4, 2019
Preceded byAndy Kerr
Succeeded byKerry Tipper
Personal details
Born (1981-12-06) December 6, 1981 (age 42)
Jefferson County, Colorado, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse
Ian Silverii
(m. 2017)
Children1
EducationMetropolitan State University of Denver (BA)
WebsiteHouse website

Brittany Louise Pettersen (born December 6, 1981)[1] is an American politician serving as the U.S. representative from Colorado's 7th congressional district since 2023. She previously served as a member of the Colorado Senate from the 22nd district, and in the Colorado House of Representatives, representing the 28th district. She is a member of the Democratic Party.

Education

Pettersen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the Metropolitan State University of Denver.[2]

Early political career

Before running for state representative, Pettersen worked for New Era Colorado, a nonprofit progressive political advocacy group that works to increase youth participation in politics and the government process.[3][4]

2013 legislative session

In 2013, Pettersen opposed a repeal of the death penalty in Colorado.[5]

2019 recall effort

In July 2019, the Colorado secretary of state approved the circulation of a recall petition against Pettersen. The recall's organizers had until September 16, 2019, to gather 18,376 signatures to put the recall on the ballot, but on September 10 they announced that they were abandoning the effort and not submitting signatures.[6][7] The recall petition stated that Pettersen should be recalled because she supports taxpayer-funded heroin-injection sites, and because she supported SB 19-042 (the National Popular Vote bill), SB 19-181 (Comprehensive Oil and Gas Reform), HB 19-1032 (Comprehensive Human Sexuality Education), and HB 19-1177 (the Red Flag bill that allows a judge to prohibit an individual from possessing a firearm).[8]

U.S. House of Representatives

Petterson (left) with rock climber Sasha DiGiulian (center) and United States Vice President Kamala Harris in March 2023.

Elections

2018

Main article: 2018 United States House of Representatives elections in Colorado § District 7

On April 9, 2017, following Ed Perlmutter's announcement that he was running for governor of Colorado, Pettersen announced her candidacy for Colorado's 7th congressional district.[9] After Perlmutter reentered the congressional race, she ended her campaign.[10] In 2018, Pettersen ran for and won Colorado Senate District 22.

2022

Main article: 2022 United States House of Representatives elections in Colorado § District 7

After Perlmutter announced that he would retire from the United States House of Representatives after the 2022 legislative session, Pettersen declared her candidacy for Colorado's 7th congressional district.[11][12] She was elected in November with over 56% of the vote.[13]

Committee assignments

For the 118th Congress:[14]

Caucus memberships

Electoral history

Electoral history of Brittany Pettersen
Year Office Party Primary General Result Swing Ref.
Total % P. Total % P.
2012 State House Democratic 2,985 100.0% 1st 19,603 52.71% 1st Won Hold [17]
2014 Democratic 3,042 100.0% 1st 16,356 54.98% 1st Won Hold [18]
2016 Democratic 3,781 100.0% 1st 22,431 55.58% 1st Won Hold [19]
2018 State Senate Democratic 16,066 100.0% 1st 42,747 58.16% 1st Won Hold [20]
2022 U.S. House Democratic 71,497 100.0% 1st 204,984 56.38% 1st Won Hold [21]
Source: Secretary of State of Colorado | Election Results

Personal life

In 2017, Pettersen married Ian Silverii, the executive director of ProgressNow Colorado, at the Colorado Governor's Mansion.[22] Pettersen and Silverii have one child.[23]

References

  1. ^ "Colorado New Members 2023". The Hill. November 17, 2022. Retrieved November 18, 2022.
  2. ^ "Brittany Pettersen's Biography". Vote Smart. Archived from the original on January 13, 2022. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  3. ^ "Colorado House Democrats". Archived from the original on February 28, 2013. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  4. ^ "New Era Colorado". Ballotpedia.org. Retrieved February 23, 2022.
  5. ^ Stokols, Eli (March 26, 2013). "Death penalty repeal effort blocked by two Democrats". Fox 31 Denver. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
  6. ^ "Recall Petitions". Colorado Secretary of State. State of Colorado. 2019. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  7. ^ Staver, Anna (September 10, 2019). "2 more recall campaigns against Colorado Democrats fail". The Denver Post. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  8. ^ "Recall statement of grounds" (PDF). Colorado Secretary of State. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  9. ^ "Democrat Brittany Pettersen launches run for ed Perlmutter's congressional seat - the Colorado Statesman". Archived from the original on April 12, 2017. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  10. ^ Paul, Jesse (August 21, 2017). "Brittany Pettersen ends her congressional campaign". Denverpost.com. Retrieved January 22, 2021.
  11. ^ Luning, Ernest (January 11, 2022). "Democrat Brittany Pettersen launches bid for 7th CD seat held by retiring US Rep. Ed Perlmutter". Colorado Politics. Archived from the original on January 11, 2022. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  12. ^ "Brittany Pettersen is running for the Colorado congressional seat being vacated by Ed Perlmutter". The Colorado Sun. January 11, 2022. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  13. ^ Kang, Hanna (November 9, 2022). "Results: Democratic state Sen. Brittany Pettersen defeats Republican Erik Aadland in Colorado's 7th Congressional District election". Business Insider.
  14. ^ "Brittany Pettersen". Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. Retrieved April 16, 2023.
  15. ^ "Endorsed Candidates". NewDem Action Fund. Retrieved December 3, 2022.
  16. ^ "Committees and Caucuses | U.S. Representative Brittany Pettersen". pettersen.house.gov. Retrieved December 29, 2023.
  17. ^ "2012 Abstract of Votes Cast" (PDF). coloradosos.gov. Denver: Secretary of State of Colorado. 2012. pp. 75, 118. Retrieved April 14, 2023.
  18. ^ "2014 Abstract of Votes Cast" (PDF). coloradosos.gov. Denver: Secretary of State of Colorado. 2014. pp. 79, 118. Retrieved April 14, 2023.
  19. ^ "2016 Abstract of Votes Cast" (PDF). coloradosos.gov. Denver: Secretary of State of Colorado. 2016. pp. 72, 113. Retrieved April 14, 2023.
  20. ^ "2018 Abstract of Votes Cast" (PDF). coloradosos.gov. Denver: Secretary of State of Colorado. 2018. pp. 70, 112. Retrieved April 14, 2023.
  21. ^ Primary election:
    General election:
  22. ^ Luning, Ernest (July 1, 2017). "State Rep. Brittany Pettersen and ProgressNow's Ian Silverii get married at Colorado governor's mansion". Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  23. ^ Birkeland, Bente. "The First Time A Colorado Lawmaker Gave Birth During Session Wasn't Last Sunday, It Was Decades Ago". Colorado Public Radio. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
Colorado House of Representatives Preceded byAndy Kerr Member of the Colorado House of Representativesfrom the 28th district 2013–2019 Succeeded byKerry Tipper Colorado Senate Preceded byAndy Kerr Member of the Colorado Senatefrom the 22nd district 2019–2023 Succeeded byJessie Danielson U.S. House of Representatives Preceded byEd Perlmutter Member of the U.S. House of Representativesfrom Colorado's 7th congressional district 2023–present Incumbent U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial) Preceded byAndy Ogles United States representatives by seniority 417th Succeeded byDelia Ramirez