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Intergovernmental Relations

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Colorado State Capitol in Denver

Cooperation with other cities and jurisdictions is key to the city's success. Policies passed at the federal and state level impact our communities, as well as how the city functions and is able to provide services. As such, the city frequently interacts with federal, state and local governments, as well as with intergovernmental organizations such as the Colorado Municipal League, the Metro Mayors Caucus and the Denver Regional Council of Governments.

Federal Relations

Aurora closely monitors federal legislation and grants that will benefit the city. We work closely with our delegation to advocate for funding opportunities and legislation that will impact Aurora. The state of Colorado is divided into seven congressional districts. The city of Aurora is located in the 6th Congressional District, which is represented by U.S. Congressman Jason Crow.

Colorado's two U.S. senators are Sen. Michael Bennet and Sen. John Hickenlooper.

View the city of Aurora's 2022 federal priorities.

State Relations

The Colorado General Assembly consists of 100 members: 65 in the House of Representatives and 35 in the Senate. The city of Aurora's legislative delegation consists of five members of the Senate and seven members of the House of Representatives. You can locate your specific legislator on the General Assembly website. The General Assembly meets for 120 days each year during the legislative session, and the city tracks bills and advocates for bills that will benefit the city. During the rest of the year, the city works with our delegation on issues impacting residents and to prepare legislation that will impact our community.

View the city of Aurora's 2022 state legislative priorities

House
Rep. Dafna Michaelson-Jenet (HD 30)
Rep. Mike Weissman (HD 36)
Rep. Mark Baisley (HD 39)
Rep. Naquetta Ricks (HD 40)
Rep. Iman Jodeh (HD 41)
Rep. Mandy Lindsay (HD 42)
Rep. Rod Bockenfeld (HD 56)

Senate
Sen. Jim Smallwood (SD 4)
Sen. Kevin Priola (SD 25)
Sen. Jeff Bridges (SD 26)
Sen. Janet Buckner (SD 28)
Sen. Rhonda Fields (SD 29)

Regional Relations

Aurora works closely with our county partners and neighboring cities on issues that impact the entire region. Aurora is located in three counties: Adams County, Arapahoe County and Douglas County. The city works with our neighbors through both official organizations like the Metro Mayors Caucus and individually as projects and issues emerge.

Federal, State & Intergovernmental Relations Committee

The role of the Federal, State & Intergovernmental Relations Committee is to serve as leaders and partners with other governments and jurisdictions. The committee meets to discuss how federal and state policies impact Aurora and to determine the city’s position on legislation.

Council Members
Chair Angela Lawson
Vice Chair Curtis Gardner
Juan Marcano

Advocacy Organizations

Denver Regional Council of Governments

Denver Regional Council of GovernmentsThe Denver Regional Council of Governments is a planning organization where local governments collaborate to establish guidelines, set policy and allocate funding in the areas of: Transportation and Personal Mobility, Growth and Development, and Aging and Disability Resources.

 

Colorado Municipal League

Colorado Municipal LeagueFounded in 1923, the Colorado Municipal League is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization providing services and resources to assist municipal officials in managing their governments and serving the cities and towns of Colorado. Council Member Angela Lawson serves as the city of Aurora representative to the CML, serving on the Executive Board and on the Policy Committee. 

Metro Mayors Caucus

Founded in 1993, the Metro Mayors Caucus is a nationally recognized voluntary and collaborative membership organization for mayors in the Denver region. The Caucus is a unique forum that fosters personal relationships and uses dialogue to identify common purposes, challenges, and solutions that benefit both the region and member municipalities.

National League of Cities

National League of CitiesThe National League of Cities is an advocacy organization in the United States that represents the country's 19,000 cities, towns and villages along with 49 state municipal leagues.

Council Member Angela Lawson is a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Services policy committee. 

United States Conference of Mayors

United States Conference of MayorsThe United States Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,400 such cities in the country today. Aurora is represented by Mayor Mike Coffman.

For more information about Intergovernmental Relations, contact 303.739.7781.

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