Speaker Alec Garnett, D-Denver
You know, it’s a bittersweet feeling, looking out on all of you today.
Daneya, Patrick, Susan, Terri, Kevin, Kim: Today marks our last first day of session. Congratulations to all of you for serving your full 8 years, it’s certainly been an honor for me.
We’ve come a long way since we were baby legislators. I’ve added a few grey hairs, a few pounds, and a few kids.
All in all, I’m blessed to have served with each one of you and love you dearly.
As Speaker, I am humbled by the opportunities we have this session to govern on behalf of every Coloradan.
From the very beginning, our tenure has been shaped by the hands of history. Who would have guessed something as microscopic as a virus could hold the planet, and our fate, in a vice grip, shaping the way we govern.
In a way, the challenge of this virus is fitting. As many of you know, viruses are ultimately determined by a term that is now firmly in our daily conversations: DNA.
The structure, known as the double helix, is what we are used to seeing: two strands, intertwined, working together. I might offer, we across both parties, are the DNA of this building. Let us work together, to find solutions, to make progress, to deliver results
People need and deserve a government that listens to them and makes their lives easier when they confront unforeseen challenges as individuals, families and businesses.
The problems Coloradans are facing are dynamic. They are moving fast and changing quickly, so we as a government have to respond in kind.
The unique situation we find ourselves in, not only because of COVID but also because of issues like the constant threats against our democracy, the rapidly changing economic landscape that has put enormous pressure on Colorado families, and the creeping menace of climate change, are a true test of all of us. Of how well our government can run when the going really gets tough.
The issues we face are always in flux but the one constant that remains is this institution. I challenge each of you to put this institution first, like the thousands of …….