A.D. Since his election in 2018, Colorado 2nd District Congressman Joe Nikuse, a representative of the United States Congress at Estes Park, has been attracting national headlines for his perseverance and productivity as a legislator.
More recently, he has been praised for his work in combating wildfires, and on June 10, TIME magazine published an article about Congressman’s efforts to save the district from ashes.
“For him, visiting the ruins of a major fire that has shaken this part of the state over the past three years has become a ritual,” writes Time journalist Justin Warland. “The bureau has made more changes than it can count – with journalists, residents and local officials, with Joe Biden. It is a small indication of how he managed to deal with a wildfire, in his words, the ‘main work’ of the bureau. ”
During his first term in Congress, Niki passed more legislation than any other legislature in the country, and it is a law signed by the president more than any other member of the Colorado congressional delegation. The Center for Effective Legislation recently ranked Congress one of the 10 most effective legislators in Congress, including the most effective legislators on public lands.
TIME article, under the headline: “Joe Niki came to Congress not to fight wildfires. Climate change had another plan. ”Niki’s experience in Colorado has always clashed with the horizon, and he has seen how he grew up, grew up, and moved closer to populated areas.
“Over the past two years, our district has experienced many historic and devastating wildfires – from Cameron Peak and Eastern Fires, six months ago to Marshall Fire. In the midst of all this, our community is constantly on the move, and we are working together to recover, ”Niki told Track-Gazette. “Our office is proud to be part of this team’s efforts, and we are committed to working with our brave firefighters and law enforcement, local authorities and forest service officials at Estes Park and beyond.” As such, we work to ensure that federal resources are established in the area of firefighting, prevention, mitigation, and more.
Nine of the 20 major fires in the region since Niki took office in 2018.
“I’m doing my best to ring the alarm,” Niki told TIME. “If fire eventually destroys these suburban communities, it could happen in New Jersey, it could happen in Georgia, it could happen in Seattle – and I think that’s a change of mindset.”
In June 2017, Niki announced that he would run for Congressman after announcing his candidacy for the ruling party. He was elected with 60.2 percent of the vote in the 2018 general election.
He has been on the leadership team of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and is currently co-chair of the House Democracy Policy and Communications Committee. He was chosen as the prosecution manager for the second trial of former President Trump.
It currently sits on the House Judiciary Committee, the House Natural Resources Committee – the National Parks, Forest and Public Lands Subcommittee – and the Climate Crisis Committee.
Niki is the first Eritrean-American to be elected to the United States Congress and Colorado is the first black member of Congress to run for a third term in November.