Speakers and Guests

Keynote Speaker

KEYNOTE SPEAKER HOSTED BY JASON CROW (D-CO6)

CONGRESSWOMAN KATIE PORTER

California’s 45th Congressional District.

In Washington, Congresswoman Porter has remained committed to putting Orange County families first. As a member of House Financial Services Committee and the House Oversight and Reform Committee, she’s asked tough questions of bank CEOs and administration officials to hold them accountable to the American people. She has also been a key supporter of legislation to reduce the influence of dark money in politics and restore ethics to Washington.

As a single working mom, Rep. Porter knows firsthand about the challenges faced by working families. She’s introduced bipartisan legislation to allow families to set aside more pre-tax income for dependent care. She’s continued to press for a repeal of the limits on the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction, which has hit California’s middle-class families especially hard.

Before coming to Congress, Porter spent nearly two decades taking on the special interests that dominate American politics and drown out the voices of working families. As California’s independent watchdog against the banks, she made sure the big banks that had cheated Orange County homeowners followed through on their promise to help affected families get back on their feet. As a consumer finance expert, Congresswoman Porter also helped Congress pass the original Credit CARD Act in 2009, which enacted federal protections from abusive credit card fees.


SPECIAL GUEST HOSTED BY JASON CROW (D-CO6)

SENATOR TAMMY DUCKWORTH

US Senator from Illinois

A former U.S. Army helicopter pilot, United States Senator Tammy Duckworth was living in DeKalb, Illinois, working at Rotary International while pursuing a Ph.D. at Northern Illinois University, when her Peoria-headquartered unit was mobilized in 2003 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. On November 12, 2004, Tammy’s UH‐60 Black Hawk helicopter was hit by a rocket propelled grenade. She lost both legs and partial use of her right arm in the explosion, but declined a military medical retirement and continued to drill as a Lieutenant Colonel in Springfield with the Illinois Army National Guard. As a result of her injuries, Tammy earned a Purple Heart.

While recovering from her injuries at Walter Reed, Tammy became an advocate for Veterans. After becoming Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs in Springfield, she implemented many first-in-the-nation programs to alleviate suffering from post-traumatic stress, improve traumatic brain injury screening and reduce homelessness among Veterans. In 2009, President Obama nominated Tammy to be U.S. Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs. There, she headed the federal VA’s effort to end Veteran homelessness and was a leader in initiatives for female Veterans. She also implemented innovative efforts such as creating the Office of Social Media and Online Communications and the Office for Tribal Government Relations.

Tammy was elected to the United States Senate in 2016 and has been a strong voice for Illinois families since her first successful election to the House of Representatives in 2012, where she served on the Armed Services and Oversight and Government Reform Committees. In the Senate, Tammy is focused on helping Illinois’ working families get ahead through investing in infrastructure and job development, protecting Social Security and Medicare, promoting civil rights and equal rights for all Illinoisans and advocating for our Veterans. She serves on the Armed Services Committee, the Environment & Public Works Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee. Tammy continues with her lifelong mission of supporting, protecting and keeping the promises we’ve made to our Veterans.

Tammy lives with her husband Bryan, their daughters Abigail and Maile and her mother Lamai.


Speakers

Jason Crow

US Representative CD-6

Jason is the host of our Keynote Speaker Katie Porter and will provide us with an important update about the latest development in Washington, DC.

Phil Weiser

Colorado Attorney General

Phil will address the Arapahoe Dems about his important work for our state and the critical work ahead.

Jena Griswold

Colorado Secretary of State

Election security and conducting safe and fair elections are at the front of our work for November. Jena will highlight her important work for our state.