Jennifer L. Veiga|
(October 10, 1962 - living) U.S.A.
Graduating from Irvine High School in 1980, she went on to the University of Colorado at Boulder where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1983. She then received a Juris Doctor from the National Law Center, George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in 1987.
A practicing lawyer with the Denver law firm Hall & Evans, LLC specializing in civil ligitagation, Veiga was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1996 and re-elected three times, in 1998, 2000, and 2002. In 2003, she served as House Minority Leader, as well as a member of the Executive Committee and the Legislative Council.
Threatened by political smears regarding her sexual orientation, Jennifer Veiga came out as a lesbian in June 2002; she was re-elected in November 2002.
Jennifer, becoming thus the first lesbian in the Colorado legislature, has also become the first lesbian to sit in the state Senate. She was elected by a selection committee to fill the seat of Doug Linkhart who left state politics to run for Denver city council. She becomes just one of ten openly lesbian, gay or bisexual state senators currently serving in the country.
Jennifer was the Democratic leader in the Colorado House before her move to the Senate, where she now represents portions of Denver and Adams counties. As a state representative, Jennifer played a key role in defeating a bill preventing adoptions by same-sex couples and has been a stalwart supporter of LGBT civil rights and hate crimes measures. She also counts among her top concerns funding for public education and responsible community planning and growth.