|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Colorado's 6th district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2019
|Preceded by||Mike Coffman|
|Born||March 15, 1979|
Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Education||University of Wisconsin, Madison (BA)|
University of Denver (JD)
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Years of service||2002–2006|
|Unit||82nd Airborne Division|
75th Ranger Regiment
War in Afghanistan
|Awards||Bronze Star Medal|
Jason Crow (born March 15, 1979) is an American lawyer, veteran, and politician who is a member of the United States House of Representatives from Colorado's 6th congressional district. Crow is the first member of the Democratic Party to represent the district, which encompasses several of Denver's eastern suburbs like Aurora, Littleton, Centennial, and Thornton.
Crow was an impeachment manager during his first term in Congress at the first impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
Crow was born in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1979. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2002, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2009.
Crow is a former Army Ranger. He served three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan as part of the 82nd Airborne Division and 75th Ranger Regiment. Crow took part in the Battle of Samawah in 2003 as a platoon leader in the 82nd Airborne Division; for his actions during the battle, he was awarded the Bronze Star. Crow served on the Colorado Board of Veterans Affairs from 2009 to 2014. After service, Crow became partner with the Holland and Hart Law Firm. In 2015 Crow was awarded the University of Denver's Ammi Hyde Award for Recent Graduate Achievement.
On April 17, 2017, Crow announced his intention to run to represent Colorado's 6th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives against four-term Republican incumbent Mike Coffman.
In the Democratic primary, Crow ran against progressive businessman Levi Tillemann and won the nomination with nearly two-thirds of the vote. Crow defeated incumbent Representative Mike Coffman in the general election on November 6. Crow received 54% of the vote, and won two out of the three counties in the district. He is the first Democrat to represent the district since its creation in 1982.
Crow ran for election to a second term, and faced no opposition in the Democratic primary. He then faced off against Steve House, former Chairman of the Colorado Republican Party, in the November 3, 2020, general election. Crow won re-election by over 17 percent of the vote, and managed to win all three counties, flipping Douglas County.
Crow described his experience during the storming of the Capitol, “I got into Ranger mode a little bit. Most of the members didn’t know how to use the emergency masks, so I was helping them get their emergency masks out of the bags and helped instruct a bunch of folks on how to put it on and how to use it.” He also locked doors in the chamber, moved other lawmakers away from the doors, and directed them to “remove their pins so they weren’t identifiable in case the mob did break through.” Crow held the hand of distressed Rep. Susan Wild in a photo that went viral. He said, “I certainly haven’t felt that way since I was in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. I never, in a million years, would have thought I would have been experiencing that as a member of Congress in the U.S. Capitol.”
Crow voiced support for gun control reform while campaigning for the House of Representatives. On February 28, 2019, he voted for the Bipartisan Background Checks Act (H.R.8) after cosponsoring the bill. H.R.8, if passed, will require unlicensed gun sellers to conduct background checks on gun buyers. Crow is also a cosponsor of the Assault Weapon Ban Act (H.R.1296), which would limit access to guns that are considered assault weapons.
Crow refused corporate PAC money during his campaign. He is a sponsor of the For the People Act of 2019, which would end gerrymandering and create automatic voter registration if passed. The For the People Act of 2019 would also prevent Congress members from serving on corporate boards. The bill also seeks to eliminate dark money contributions.
Crow supports abortion rights. "I will always fight to protect a woman's right to choose. Women should have the right to make healthcare decisions that are right for them and their families. I have fought to protect a woman's right to choose, while simultaneously working to continue funding critical resources like Planned Parenthood."
Crow supports same-sex marriage and the expansion of LGBT non-discrimination laws. Crow supported President Barack Obama's repeal of Don't ask, don't tell at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. He opposed President Donald Trump's transgender military ban, cosponsoring an amendment to the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act to overturn the ban. In 2021, he supported the Equality Act.
On September 23, 2019, Crow was one of seven freshmen lawmakers with national security backgrounds who shared an opinion essay in The Washington Post voicing their support for an impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump. In interviews, Crow said it was important that "the inquiry stay focused and proceed efficiently." On January 15, 2020, Crow was selected as one of seven impeachment managers who presented the impeachment case against President Donald Trump during his trial before the United States Senate.
|Republican||Mike Coffman (incumbent)||148,685||42.87%|
|Democratic gain from Republican|
|Democratic||Jason Crow (incumbent)||122,929||100%|
|Democratic||Jason Crow (incumbent)||250,314||57.1%|
Crow and his wife Deserai (née Anderson) have two children.
On December 20, 2021, Crow announced he had a breakthrough case of COVID-19 after returning from an official congressional delegation visit to Ukraine. He reported suffering mild symptoms.