Sep 05

Pete Lee: Citizen Legislator

Pete Lee:  Citizen Legislator
His Motto, C
ourtesy, integrity, perseverance, indomitable spirit
by  Joe Morgan joe@peakdems.org

The Tae Kwon Do martial arts motto of courtesy, integrity, perseverance,
and indomitable spirit guides the work of Pete Lee, your representative
for House District 18. Pete is now serving his second term in the
Colorado State Assembly where he practices his black belt motto when
enacting legislation that makes Colorado a better place to live. He
credits perseverance as the key to his legislative success.

During the 2013 legislative session, Pete will serve as Vice Chair of
the Judiciary Committee and a member of the Colorado Commission on
Criminal and Juvenile Justice, seeking to improve sentencing guidelines
for criminal and juvenile offenses. Pete is best known for his advocacy
for restorative justice whereby juvenile offenders make restitution to
their victims. In addition, Pete is on the Transportation and Energy
Committee charged with overseeing the Colorado Department of
Transportation and the Public Utility Commission.

On November 6, 2012, thanks to the dedicated support of numerous volunteers, voters
re-elected Pete for a second term.  That day, Democrats regained majority
control (37 to 28) in Colorado’s House of Representatives.  Along with a
Democratic majority in the Senate and our Democratic governor, Democrats hope to pass progressive legislation, such as legalizing civil unions, restoring education funding, correcting electoral abuses, and Pete’s choice, reforming sentencing guidelines in the criminal justice system.

Although the 2012 session was rife with Republican partisanship, in a
bit of irony, Pete arranged a bi-partisan mountain climbing trip for his
fellow legislators on Mount Lincoln and Mount Democrat near FairPlay.

As a well-read and informed legislator, Pete regularly reads the Denver
Post, New York Times, Washington Post, Colorado Biz, and The Colorado
Statesman, among others. He also watches CNN and Fox News, and listens to NPR during his commutes to and from Denver.

Throughout his career as a businessman and attorney, Pete has made
public service a priority, serving as a volunteer and board member with
a number of community service organizations including Workout Ltd.,
AspenPointe Health Services, (formerly Pikes Peak Mental Health), and
Citizens Project.

When he’s not in session, Pete loves to ski and regularly hikes and jogs
the local trails with his wife, Lynn, who serves as the Chair of the
Pikes Peak Restorative Justice Council.  Lynn is a talented silk painting artist
with CommonWheel Artists in Manitou Springs. They have three children:
Amanda, Rob, and Brian.

“During the campaign, while walking neighborhoods and knocking on
doors, many residents recognized Pete and knew his name,” says Jane
Ard-Smith, his campaign manager. “He’s a good listener, relates well to
voters, and is truly concerned about their issues.”

As a very accessible lawmaker, Pete wants to know what issues are important to his constituents and what they’re thinking.  .“I encourage all citizens to contact me, visit with me at the capitol, and send your e-mails with your concerns and comments,” he said.

You may contact Pete at his local office (719-632-1165), or his Denver office (303-866-2932), e-mail him at pete.lee.house@state.co.us,

or visit his website, peteleecolorado.com. ###