Hi, I'm Rick.
I’m a sixth generation Coloradan and the son of a steel worker
and a homemaker.
As the first Latino and the first openly gay Chair of the Colorado Democratic Party, I have had great success mobilizing and re-energizing Democratic voters in Colorado, and I’m ready to help Democrats do it around the country. In Colorado, we did it by appreciating that our diversity one of our biggest strengths, along with bringing people together, and listening. That's the spirit of the West that I'll bring as Vice-Chair of the DNC.
Under my leadership, the Colorado Democratic Party has seen tremendous success. In 2012, Colorado went blue for President Obama and in 2016 we sent our electoral votes to Hillary Clinton. Over my time as Chair we expanded our majority in the State House, re-elected Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper in 2014 and U.S. Senator Michael Bennet in 2016.
Prior to my work with the Colorado Dems, I worked in a variety of roles in Colorado and national politics. I served as a senior leadership aide to then-House Majority Leader, Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, and was instrumental in repealing “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” Prior to working for Rep. Hoyer, I also worked as Legislative Assistant and later Deputy Communications Director for Rep. John Salazar.
In Colorado, I was the Assistant to Colorado House Majority Leader Alice Madden and served as the Regional Director of the Colorado Democratic Party’s Coordinated Campaign.
I currently live in Denver with my fiancé Graham, and our dogs Gracie and Obi.