Dianne Primavera represents House District 33, which includes Broomfield, Superior and the Boulder County part of Erie. She is chairwoman of the Public Health Care & Human Services Committee and is a member of the Health, Insurance & Environment Committee and the Legislative Audit Committee.
In the 2014 session Rep. Primavera sponsored legislation to give thousands of small businesses across Colorado a tax break. All businesses must pay business personal property taxes, but HB14-1279 exempts businesses with $15,000 or less in business personal property from the tax. The bill will help Colorado’s small business owners continue to hire workers and make a profit. She also sponsored legislation to increase the health of Coloradans including a bill extending the Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Program.
During the 2013 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 person 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. In 2013 she received legislative awards from the Colorado Social Legislation Committee and the Colorado Chiropractors Association. The United Veterans Committee of Colorado also honored her with a distinguished legislator award in 2014.
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 101 year 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 Airedale Terriers.