Jessie with her husband, Andy, and grandmother Janice Rasey at her Wheat Ridge home.
Whether advocating for the rights of women, or working to expand the access to the ballot, State Representative Jessie Danielson has fought to make Colorado a better place to live. First elected in 2014 as a Democrat serving Colorado’s House District 24, Jessie serves on the House’s Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee, the Public Health and Human Services Committee, and the Local Government Committee. In 2015 Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed her to the Colorado Commission on Aging.
Before being elected, Jessie was the Colorado State Director for America Votes, which works nationwide to expand access to the ballot and protect every American citizen’s right to vote. Jessie was instrumental in the passage of the groundbreaking Voter Access and Modernized Elections Act of 2013, which has expanded every Coloradan’s access to the ballot.
Before joining America Votes, Jessie worked for NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, starting as a grassroots organizer before being promoted to field director, and then ultimately serving as statewide political director. In addition to overseeing NARAL’s electoral strategy and legislative outreach, she was a sought-after speaker at public events, holding educational seminars throughout Colorado to increase medical providers’ knowledge of women’s health care options. Jessie played a crucial role organizing activists to protest then-Republican Gov. Bill Owens’ veto of legislation that would have provided emergency contraception information to victims of rape.
Prior to joining NARAL, Jessie served as the Housing Coordinator for Connections for Independent Living, an organization that helps individuals with disabilities lead full and independent lives.
Jessie is highly active in advocating for the rights of women and working to increase their role in the political process. Jessie chairs the Board of Directors for Emerge Colorado, an organization that identifies, trains, and inspires female Democratic candidates for public office. She is a former board member of both NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado and ProgressNow Colorado.
Jessie is the third generation of her family calling Wheat Ridge home. She grew up on her family’s farm near Ault. Her grandmother has resided in Wheat Ridge for nearly sixty years, and Jessie’s mother, aunt and two uncles are all proud graduates of Wheat Ridge High School.
Jessie holds a BA from the University of Colorado, and studied abroad at Spain’s Universidad de Sevilla.