About Paul D. Lopez
Born and raised in Denver’s Westside,
Denver City Councilman Paul D. López is a home-grown champion for working families. A while earning a degree the University of Colorado, he fought to improve recruitment, retention and graduation of low income students. As a community organizer, he went to work in Denver’s poorest neighborhoods to protect affordable housing and quality public health care. As a union organizer, López took on employers who violated worker’s rights by bringing thousands of Denver-area janitors and their families to the bargaining table.
On May 1, 2006, López convened human rights leaders to organize the largest political march in Colorado history bringing over 100,000 marchers to the steps of the Colorado State Capitol in support of humane comprehensive immigration reform.
Elected in 2007 to West Denver’s District 3, at 28-years old López became the youngest Denver City Council Member to ever take the oath of office. The underdog in a field of seven candidates, his bold vision, energetic persona, and relentless grassroots organizing challenged the political establishment with a 47% general election majority and 63% runoff victory.
Currently in his third year, Councilman López serves as Co-Chair of the Health, Safety, Education & Service Committee, Co-Chair of the Gang Reduction Initiative of Denver, and Co-Chair of the 2010 Census Denver Complete Count Committee. He has also been appointed to the Denver Latino Advisory Council, the Crime Prevention and Control Commission, the Denver Early Childhood Council, the Denver Welfare Reform Board and the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District. In 2009, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter appointed Councilman López to serve on the 2010 Census Governor’s Complete Count Committee.
Councilman López also sits on several local and national boards including the Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation, the Latin American Research and Service Agency, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, and the advisory board of the National Urban Initiative on Reproductive Health.
His work in the Denver community is well known and he is regarded as a champion of civil rights and a fighter for those who face the injustice of poverty. In honor of his firm commitment to social justice, López has received the 2003 César Chavez Leadership Award, the 2008 Spirit of Tlatelolco Public Service Award, the 2009 Rosa Parks Diversity Community Award from the University of Colorado at Denver, the 2010 NEWSED Civil Rights Award, and the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce’s’ 2010 Wellington E. Webb Political Award. He has also been recognized by the 21st Century Democrats Leaders in Action and in 2008, was named by 5280 Denver Magazine as one of “Colorado's most politically influential Latinos”.
A rising star in the Colorado and national political scene, López’s bullhorn-wielding conviction and energy has transformed him into a passionate and dynamic leader who defined the phrase “community organizer” and is steadfastly redefining the role of “Councilman”.Aside from his addiction to Cholula hot sauce and old school salsa and mariachi tunes, Paul and his wife Marisol, enjoy raising their 3-year-old daughter, Nayeli, who has already took on her daddy’s rebellious nature.