Dianne Primavera represents House District 33, which includes Broomfield, Superior and Erie. Rep. Primavera serves as chairwoman of the Public Health Care & Human Services committee, as well as a member of the Health, Insurance & Environment Committee and the Transportation & Energy Committee. She is also a member of the Transportation Legislation Review Committee, which meets during the interim.
During the 2013 legislative session, Rep. Primavera was prime co-sponsor of bipartisan legislation to extend the Colorado job growth incentive tax credit, which provides support to any business in Colorado that creates quality jobs in the state and has so far attracted at least 27 new businesses and 7,200 jobs to Colorado. She also sponsored legislation allowing schools to authorize a nurse or other qualified personnel to administer an epi-pen to a student who is believed to be experiencing anaphylactic shock, regardless of whether the student has a prescription. Unless treated promptly these allergic reactions can be fatal, and this change can help save lives.
Rep. Primavera is in some sense a member of the legislative Class of 2013, but she’s no freshman. This is her third term representing House District 33, having been elected in 2006, 2008 and 2012.
In the first part of her legislative career she was chosen by the bipartisan Legislative Audit Committee to be the committee’s vice chair, and the next year, its chair. She sponsored legislation to create the Colorado Autism Commission, and she received the Colorado Lawmaker Award from Colorado Women’s Chamber and the Denver Women’s Commission. She won numerous awards as a legislator and was honored by the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network and the Brain Injury Association of Colorado.
She spent her sabbatical serving on the 17th Judicial District’s Victim & Witness Assistance and Law Enforcement board, and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure board while also taking care of her 101year old father until he passed away a year and a half ago.
Rep. Primavera has worked in public service and the nonprofit sector for three decades. Most of her career in state government was spent finding jobs for people with disabilities, training groups in a seven state region about brain injuries, and helping citizens navigate complicated health care programs. She was a director in the titles and registrations division at the Department of Revenue, and later worked in emissions and constituent relations, and received the Governor’s Peak Performance Award for Citizen Satisfaction for providing outstanding customer service.
She also ran a dog grooming business for 26 years that she started when she was a teenager.
A Colorado native, Rep. Primavera graduated from Regis University in Denver with a B.S. in psychology, and she has a master’s in vocational rehabilitation counseling from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.
Rep. Primavera has two daughters – Kelsey, a registered nurse, and Darcie, a lawyer. Dianne raised them as a single parent, while simultaneously battling (and beating) cancer. During that time, she also lost her job and subsequently her health insurance. The experience motivated her to come to the legislature to fight for disadvantaged Coloradans.
She lives in Broomfield with her two Airedales Terriers.