Diana DeGette Biography, Age, Net worth, Husband, Education, Family

Diana DeGette Biography

Diana DeGette (Diana Louise DeGette) is a Japanese American politician who serves as the U.S. Representative for Colorado’s 1st congressional district, since 1997 born on 29th July 1957 in Tachikawa, Tokyo, Japan, and a Chief Deputy Whip.

She is a member of the Democratic Party. The district is based in Denver. She is currently the dean of the Colorado congressional delegation.

Diana DeGette Age

Diana DeGette was born on July 29, 1957 (she is 61 years old as of 2018).

Diana DeGette Net worth

Diana DeGette has an estimated net worth of $5 million.

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Diana DeGette Family

Diana DeGette was born to Partricia Anne DeGette (mother) and Richard Louis DeGette (father) her father was working in the armed forces. Her parents were Americans.

Diana DeGette Husband

Diana DeGette is married to Lino Lipinsky with she had two daughters with Francesca Lipinsky DeGette and Raphael Lipinsky DeGette.

Diana DeGette Education

Diana DeGette attended South High School. She graduated from Colorado College where she earned her B.A degree in political science and was elected to the Pi Gamma Mu international honor society in 1979. She later jioned New York University School of Law in 1982 where she got her degree in Juris Doctor.

Diana DeGette Colorado Legislature

Diana DeGette was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1992. She was again re-elected in 1994 and chosen as assistant minority leader. She authored a law that guarantees Colorado women unobstructed access to abortion clinics and other medical care facilities, also known as the “Bubble Bill”. The United States Supreme Court found DeGette’s “Bubble Bill” constitutional in Hill v. Colorado, 530 U.S. 703 (2000). She also authored the state Voluntary Cleanup and Redevelopment Act, a model for similar cleanup programs.

Diana DeGette Commitees

  • Committee on Energy and Commerce
  • Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
  • Subcommittee on Environment and Economy
  • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (Chair)
  • Diana DeGette Caucus
  • Congressional Arts Caucus
  • Arts Caucus
  • Pro-Choice Caucus (Co-Chair)
  • Privacy Caucus (Co-Chair)
  • Children’s Caucus
  • Congressional Brain Injury Caucus
  • Congressional Children’s Health Caucus
  • Congressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
  • Congressional Multiple Sclerosis Caucus
  • Diabetes Caucus (Co-Chair)
  • Down Syndrome Caucus
  • Food Safety Caucus
  • French Caucus
  • Internet Caucus
  • LGBT Equality Caucus (Vice-Chair)
  • National Landscape Conversation
    System (NLCS) Caucus
  • Natural Gas Caucus
  • Public Broadcasting Caucus
  • Recycling Caucus
  • Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
  • Women’s Caucus

Diana DeGette Party leadership

Diana DeGette serves as the co-chair of both the Congressional Diabetes Caucus and Pro-Choice Caucus, and is Vice Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus. With the Democrats’ victory in the 2006 midterm elections, DeGette briefly considered running for House Majority Whip, but bowed out in favor of Jim Clyburn of South Carolina. She received national attention in 2005, when the House of Representatives passed legislation she cosponsored to lift President George W. Bush’s limits on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. She had been working on the measure since 2001, enlisted the support of Representative Michael N. Castle (Republican from Delaware), who became DeGette’s principal Republican cosponsor of the legislation. The DeGette-Castle bill passed the Senate on July 18, 2006. President Bush vetoed the bill the next day — his first veto.

In 2007, she served as the House Democrats’ designated whip on the bill reauthorizing the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (HR 3162). Although President Bush announced his opposition to the legislation, the House passed the bill on August 1, 2007, by a vote of 225 to 204. The Senate adopted a different version of the legislation the next day. She was also the cosponsor for Udall Amendment to the House Energy Bill, which the House approved by a vote of 220 to 190 on August 4, 2007. The Amendment creates a national Renewable Energy Standard that requires electric suppliers to produce 15 percent of their energy from renewable sources, 4 percent of which can come from efficiency, by the year 2020.

On September 12, 2007, she announced that she would introduce the Colorado Wilderness Act of 2007 in Congress. The bill was unsuccessful and did not pass the committee level. She reintroduced the bill in 2009. She is a cosponsor of legislation to provide the District of Columbia voting representation. On January 24, 2007, Speaker Nancy Pelosi appointed Representative DeGette to the House Page Board. On November 26, 2007, she announced her endorsement of Senator Hillary Clinton for president, and was named national co-chair of Clinton’s Health Care Policy Task Force and adviser on stem-cell research. she was a superdelegate to the Democratic National Convention in Denver in August 2008

she was strongly critical of the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, which places limits on taxpayer-funded abortions (except in the case of rape, incest, or life of the mother) in the context of the November 2009 Affordable Health Care for America Act.

Diana DeGette Political Views

Diana DeGette is the pro-choice and the co-chair of the Pro-Choice Caucus. Diana DeGette and her fellow co-chair, Louise Slaughter, are the sponsors of the Prevention First Act. This act aims to decrease the number of unintended pregnancies, abortions and sexually transmitted diseases through better women’s healthcare. The NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC endorsed her 100% approval rating based on her positions. She also received a 100% rating from Planned Parenthood. The National Right to Life Committee gave her a 0% rating due to her strong pro-choice stance.

She has consistently voted in favor of the use of embryonic stem cell research. She has also says “we must pass common-sense embryonic stem cell research legislation, placing these regulations into statute and once and for all, ensuring this critical life-saving research can be conducted for years to come, unimpeded by political whims or naysayers.” Her and Charlie Dent introduced the bipartisan Stem Cell Research Act of 2011, which would provide lasting support for stem cell research.

Gun control
Diana DeGette supports the bans of semi-automatic firearms like those used in the 2012 Aurora shooting which happened in a movie theatre near her district. she has stated that “the sole purpose of these guns and these magazines is to kill people.” she and Carolyn McCarthy introduced the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act of 2012. The Brady Campaign endorsed DeGette’s reelection in 2008, 2010, and 2012.

In 2013, she drew national attention after making an erroneous statement at a public forum about firearm magazine restrictions. She stated, “these are ammunition, and they’re bullets, so the people who have those now, they’re going to shoot them, so if you ban them in the future, the number of these high-capacity magazines is going to decrease dramatically over time because the bullets will have been shot and there won’t be any more available.” (Id.)

The comment, failing to take into account the fact that these magazines are designed to be reloaded, fueled long-running complaints by gun-rights groups that lawmakers trying to regulate firearms do not understand the issue. (Id.) In June 2016, her and other Democratic lawmakers, led by John Lewis (D-GA) took part in a sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives to protest the Republican leadership’s decision to not put several proposed gun control bills up for a vote.

Diana DeGette Campaigns

Diana DeGette ran for the primary elections against her principal opponent who in 1996 was a former City Council member Tim Sandos, whom Denver Mayor Wellington Webb endorsed shortly before the primary. DeGette won the primary with 55 percent of the vote, all but assuring her of election in the heavily Democratic district (the 1st District has been in Democratic hands for all but six years since 1933). Schroeder, who stayed neutral during the primary, endorsed DeGette once DeGette became the Democratic nominee. DeGette won with 57 percent and has been reelected ten times since.

United States House of Representatives elections in Colorado, 2006 at First District
DeGette won against Green Party nominee Tom Kelly.

United States House of Representatives elections in Colorado, 2008 § District 1
DeGette won against Republican nominee George Lilly, Libertarian nominee Martin Buchanan, and Independent Gary Swing.

United States House of Representatives elections in Colorado, 2010 at District 1
DeGette won reelection against Republican nominee Mike Fallon, Green nominee Gary Swing, American Constitutional Party nominee Chris Styskal, and Libertarian nominee Clint Jones.


United States House of Representatives elections in Colorado, 2012 at District 1
DeGette won reelection against Republican nominee Danny Stroud, Libertarian nominee Frank Atwood and Green Party nominee Gary Swing. DeGette won with 68.23% of the votes.

United States House of Representatives elections in Colorado, 2014 at District 1
DeGette won reelection against Republican nominee Martin Walsh, Libertarian nominee Frank Atwood, UNA nominee Danny Stroud and two write in candidates. DeGette won with 65.81% of the vote.

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Colorado, 2016 at District 1
DeGette won reelection against Republican nominee Charles “Casper” Stockham, and Libertarian nominee Darrell Dinges. DeGette won with 257,254 votes representing 67.87% of the total.

United States House of Representatives elections in Colorado, 2018 at District 1
DeGette won reelection against Republican nominee Charles Stockham, and Libertarian nominee Raymon Doane. she won with 272,886 votes representing 73.8% of the total.

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