Congresswoman Diana DeGette
“Keeping our families healthy has been a primary focus of my time in Congress, and that commitment is borne out of the same commitment Food Bank of the Rockies demonstrates day-in and day-out: that access to safe, healthy food is something every American deserves. In these difficult economic times, many families who perhaps never thought they’d need the services of a food bank are struggling to put meals on the table, and the Food Bank of the Rockies goes a long way to filling that need. They deserve our thanks, and perhaps more importantly, our assistance for everything they do for the people of this region, and that is why I am honored to work with Food Bank of the Rockies to help in the fight against hunger.”
About Congresswoman DeGette:
Chief Deputy Whip Diana DeGette is serving her 8th term in Congress as Representative for the First District of Colorado. As a member of the powerful Committee on Energy and Commerce, an exclusive congressional committee with vast jurisdiction over health care, trade, business, technology, food safety, and consumer protection, she is one of the leading voices in the health care debate in this country. She also serves as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, which conducts the oversight of, and investigations into, issues falling under the jurisdiction of the full committee. As a member of the Democratic leadership, she played a vital role in the reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, has fought for tough food safety legislation, and was a key player in crafting a comprehensive consumer product safety bill.
U.S. Rep. DeGette is also the chief architect of legislation to expand stem cell research, which has been passed twice with broad, bipartisan support in Congress. The measure was vetoed twice by President George W. Bush – including his very first presidential veto. A life-long Coloradoan, U.S. Rep. DeGette is guided by traditional Western values. She’s also the author of the landmark Colorado Wilderness Act, which would protect and preserve pristine land across Colorado for generations to come. She has fought to enhance her constituents’ access to affordable quality health care, expand mass transit, improve transportation in the Denver area, clean up environmental waste sites, and improve opportunities for small business.