Every year, the Colorado legislature debates a wide array of policies that affect the nonprofit sector and, in turn, the countless Coloradans who rely on nonprofit services. As a dedicated public servant, Rep. Pete Lee has demonstrated an exceptional level of support for Colorado’s nonprofits – particularly those working in criminal and juvenile justice reform.
In his fourth term as a State Representative, Pete Lee sponsored three bills to reform the Division of Youth Services by prohibiting the use of solitary confinement, promoting transparency and reforming drug sentencing, parole, bail and criminal records expungement. These bills were seen as a victory by organizations like Second Chance Center and Disability Law Colorado who have fought to improve the state’s justice system.
“[Pete Lee's] leadership did not end with the bill's drafting and introduction as he went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure passage of the legislation that furthered the coalition's mission and purpose to end abuse and to change the culture of violence that permeated Colorado's youth corrections system."
– Mary Anne Harvey, Disability Law Colorado
In his final term as State Representative for House District 18, he also sponsored bills to promote economic development by helping small business obtain access to capital, state contracts, apprenticeships and job training programs. Before working serving in the General Assembly, he served on local government and worked with Transportation and Energy Committees and Legal Services. He has served on numerous local boards including the Pikes Peak Restorative Justice Council, AspenPointe Mental Health, NAACP and Citizens Project and Community Prep School.
Pete Lee is receiving the Legislator of the Year Award at this year's Colorado Nonprofit Week Awards Luncheon for his outstanding work in the General Assembly.
You can learn more about Rep. Pete Lee and the other award winners at the 2018 Colorado Nonprofit Week Awards Luncheon.