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U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver, at a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee in 2018.

BOLD PAC, the political arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, has endorsed U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette in the Denver Democrat's bid for a 13th term representing the 1st Congressional District.

Calling DeGette a "tireless representative," the PAC's chairman, U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas of California, said in a statement: "From healthcare to immigration reform, she has worked for families of all backgrounds and creeds. Diana wants everyone to succeed in this country. With allies like Diana in Congress, I am convinced that we will overcome the challenges our country faces with ingenuity, compassion and determination."

DeGette is facing a primary challenge from former Colorado House Speaker Crisanta Duran, who was the first Latina speaker in state history.

U.S. Rep. Nanette Barragán of California, a BOLD PAC board member, said: "From the moment I arrived in Congress, Diana has been a friend and mentor, helping me navigate and better understand the inner-workings of Capitol Hill. She was instrumental in my efforts to become the first Latina in 10 years to secure a seat on the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee, the same committee on which she also serves."

A spokeswoman for Duran's campaign said the candidate had no comment on the endorsement. 

DeGette and Duran have been trotting out endorsements nearly a year before the June 2020 primary.

Duran has the backing of former U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar and former Denver Mayor Federico Peña — both former cabinet secretaries — and Denver Board of Education Vice President Barbara O’Brien, a former Colorado lieutenant governor.

In its endorsement of DeGette, BOLD PAC joins her fellow congressional delegation members U.S. Reps. Ed Perlmutter, Joe Neguse and Jason Crow; former Gov. Dick Lamm and his wife, Dottie; former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb and his wife, former state Rep. Wilma Webb; and more than a dozen current and former state lawmakers.

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