Congratulations to our 2015 Claude Pepper Award for Advancing Healthy Aging Winner, the Honorable Diana DeGette.
U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette is serving her tenth term in Congress as Representative for Colorado’s the First District and is Chief Deputy Whip of the Democratic Caucus. Since her first day in Congress, Diana has served on the powerful Committee on Energy and Commerce, serving as the Vice Chair from 2007 to 2010 and as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations since 2011. Now a member of Democratic leadership and a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Politico recently described Diana as “possessing the policy wherewithal, communication skills and deal-cutting desire the Democrats will need to sustain a string of victories over the long term.”
Rep. DeGette played a pivotal role in the development of comprehensive health reform, and she led the overhaul of our nation’s food safety system. She is one of Congress’s leading experts on cutting-edge scientific research and is a recognized leader on the subject of human embryonic stem cell research. As the Democratic leader of the bipartisan 21st Century Cures initiative, Rep. DeGette is working to make medical research discoveries in the lab into treatments and cures for patients. This ambitious effort seeks to remake our medical research system to reflect the current environment for researchers, patients, doctors, drug and medical device developers, and everyone involved in treating diseases.
Congresswoman DeGette authored Sex, Science, and Stem Cells: Inside the Right Wing Assault on Reason, and is one of Congress’s leading advocates for a woman’s right to choose. Throughout her career in public service, Rep. DeGette has been a vocal supporter of environmental protections and conservation.
Diana also served two terms in the Colorado House of Representatives, serving as Assistant Minority Leader from 1993-1995. A fourth-generation Coloradoan, she is married to attorney Lino Lipinsky and lives in Denver with their two daughters.
To learn more about the legacy of Claude Pepper, for whom this award has been named, please watch this video: