Hi, I’m Ed Perlmutter, Congressman for the 7th Congressional District. I am a lifelong resident of Jefferson County and can usually be found at the grocery store down the street, on the bike path, or the local coffee shop. As an active member of our community, I believe it’s important to be accessible and listen to the people I represent.
I am a product of Colorado’s public schools – I graduated from Jefferson High School in Edgewater and the University of Colorado in Boulder for both college and law school. I worked as a laborer on construction projects during the summers in college and law school, and then practiced business law with a local law firm for 25 years. In 1994, I was elected to the Colorado State Senate where my priority was to improve the quality of life for hardworking Coloradans.
In 2006, I was elected to represent the 7th Congressional District which includes Adams and Jefferson Counties. In Congress, I’ve tried to work hard to get things done for Colorado – like fighting to make sure good jobs remain at the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, protecting thousands of workers who are building the Orion Space Vehicle in Jefferson County, or ensuring the new VA Medical Center is finished in order to serve our Veterans, from Montana to New Mexico, and their families. My ability to work across the aisle has earned me a spot as one of the most bipartisan members of Congress and of Colorado’s congressional delegation, according to Georgetown University’s Bipartisan Index.
Since taking office, my priority has been to make sure the folks in the 7th Congressional District have good jobs so everyone can afford to pay their mortgages, send their kids to college and have enough left over for retirement. Washington D.C. is where I work, but Colorado is my home. I fly back and forth every week so I can make sure I regularly meet with constituents.
Currently, I live in Arvada with my wife, Nancy, a retired public school teacher. Our blended family includes six grown children and three spouses: Alexis and her husband Matt, Abby and her husband Jonny, Zoe, David, Jane, Matt and his wife Clare. In 2016, Nancy and I welcomed our first grandchild, Finn.