Dr. Yadira Caraveo is a medical professional and former Colorado state representative who is committed to prioritizing environmental justice, public health, and job creation.
Dr. Caraveo is a practicing pediatrician who, during her time as a medical resident, became a union representative with SEIU to help organize for better working conditions. As a doctor, Caraveo was named a Champion of Change by President Barack Obama for her work with the Union of Concerned Scientists enlisting doctors to fight climate change. In 2018, she was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives, where she has sponsored and co-sponsored a number of pieces of legislation related to climate, water, environmental justice and democracy. These measures include creating a state climate action plan to reduce emissions, defining “disproportionately impacted communities,” raising fines for environmental justice violations, regulating PFAS chemicals, funding a just transition for coal workers, expanding multilingual ballot access, and restoring voting rights for parolees.
As a representative, Caraveo will continue to advance environmental justice efforts, center communities, and promote a just transition to a clean energy economy, bringing Coloradans thousands of good-paying union jobs. Caraveo is the first Latina to represent Colorado in Congress.
Dr. Caraveo joins the U.S. House to represent Colorado’s newly formed 8th Congressional District.
In her own words:
“As a pediatrician, I see the effects of climate change on the health of our children and families every day. In the state legislature, I’ve worked to create clean energy jobs, hold corporations accountable to keep our air and water clean and address the disparate impacts of climate change on the working class and communities of color. I look forward to continuing that work in Congress.”
– LCVAF Press Release