Democratic state Rep. Dominique Jackson appointed to federal housing agency

Colorado Democratic House Rep. Dominique Jackson of Aurora has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and has resigned her position at the Colorado Legislature.

Jackson was appointed as one of 10 regional administrators, and she will be overseeing six states — Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming, as Colorado Newsline reported Wednesday.

“I am honored to join this community of housing and development experts,” Jackson said in a news release. “I firmly believe that housing is a human right, and I will work hard to stand beside our regional partners to provide equitable, healthy and sustainable solutions to help all of our neighbors.”

The lawmaker, who represented part of Arapahoe County, was serving her third term in the House and was on the Health and Insurance Committee as well as the Transportation and Energy Committee. She also chaired the Transformational Housing Task Force that is tasked with allocating American Rescue Plan dollars.

She has experience in local and state government, working on a variety of issues including sustainability and housing, having experienced homelessness herself as a teenager.

“We are so pleased to have someone with such an accomplished track record fighting for renter’s rights, environmental justice, and providing a voice for underserved communities join the Region VIII HUD team,” said Michele Perez, assistant deputy secretary of HUD’s Office of Field Policy and Management, in the release. “Ms. Jackson’s background and experience in helping both rural and urban communities will be an invaluable asset to HUD’s Rocky Mountain Region.”

Jackson was elected to the state legislature in 2016 and her current term ends next year. A vacancy committee will appoint her replacement at the state Capitol.

“Nothing in my life thus far has been more rewarding than representing the interests of the people of the state of Colorado, especially those in my community; and those who often don’t have voice and power,” she said in her resignation letter submitted Friday. “I have learned so very much from all of my legislative colleagues, our incredible staff, as well as non-partisan personnel, who have all committed so much of their lives to the people of this great state.”

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