Ed has deep roots in the 7th Congressional District and has lived in Jefferson County his entire life. His grandfather and father ran a concrete business (in what is now the 7th District) for decades. Ed attended Jefferson County public schools and then worked construction with his father during the summers while in law school at the University of Colorado. He chose to raise his family in the district where his three daughters also attended Jefferson County Public Schools. Ed currently lives in Arvada with his wife Nancy, a public school teacher, who also has three children who attended Jeffco public schools.
In 1994, Ed was elected to the Colorado State Senate as the first Democrat to hold the seat in nearly 30 years. He served two terms and garnered the reputation as a bipartisan bridge-builder and a champion of renewable energy and smart growth policies.
In 2006, Ed was first elected to represent the 7th Congressional District in Congress and is currently serving in his fifth term. Ed’s top priority in the 115th Congress is creating more opportunity for the hardworking people in Colorado. Ed supports job growth by promoting energy independence by working with the Colorado School of Mines, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and other world-class private sector energy businesses; moving forward with construction of the new VA Medical Center; and expanding Colorado’s role and economic development opportunities in the aerospace industry including the Orion manned space flight program and working on a long-term plan to get humans to Mars in 2033.
Ed works to represent the people of the 7th District and create policies that give people the opportunity to pursue their own American dream. Ed believes working across the aisle to find common ground is critical for democracy and helps to better represent the individuals and families in his district and in Colorado. The Lugar Center/McCourt School Bipartisan Index ranked Ed as the 23rd most bipartisan out of the 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives. In the 113th Congress, 221 out of 275 bills Ed cosponsored were bipartisan.
In the 115th Congress, Ed is proud to serve on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee and the Financial Services Committee. Ed is also a member of the New Democrat Coalition which is focused on harnessing American ingenuity and innovation to create new jobs, greater economic prosperity and a safer and more secure future for our county.