ANGELA WILLIAMS is the current Colorado State Senator representing Senate District 33. She is proud to serve such a dynamic and diverse community. Regarded as a leader who gets things done, Williams puts Coloradans first, working collaboratively on both sides of the aisle in a persistent effort to prioritize consensus on complex issues.
Williams is known as the business champion of the Colorado General Assembly. In an effort to open up lines of communication between government and business, Williams organizes bi-weekly meetings with 15 of Colorado’s major business organizations. During the interim, Williams travels throughout Colorado to have a dialogue with business organizations about how to improve the business climate in Colorado.
As one of the few women of color serving in the Colorado legislature, promoting legislation that advances equality for all women is important to Williams.
Williams serves on the Senate Business, Labor, and Technology Committee as well as the Joint Technology Committee. She was recently elected Chair of the Colorado Black Democratic Legislative Caucus.
Prior to beginning her first term as State Senator in 2017, she represented House District 7 in the Colorado House of Representatives for six years. She served as the Majority Caucus Chair; Chair of the Business, Labor, Economic & Workforce Development Committee; and a member of the Legislative Council Committee. Williams also served as Vice-Chair of the Audit Committee as a freshman and later as its Chair.
Senator Angela Williams is an exceptional human being. She never loses her capacity to smile to be there and help others. I admire and respect her – for her energy and commitment to others and especially for her devotion as a leader and supporting the people. Two words describe Senator Angela Williams: Awesome and Amazing!!!!
Williams graduated from Northeastern State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree and holds a certificate of completion from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Williams has also completed the Colorado Foundation for Water Education professional development program. Before pursuing a life in public service, Williams was the principal owner of the Angela Williams Allstate Insurance Agency for 14 years.
Williams is affiliated with several national organizations. She serves on the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) Executive Committee and as Vice-Chair of the NCSL Commerce, Finance, and Interstate Commerce Committee. Other affiliations include Higher Heights for America, National Organization of Black Elected Legislative (NOBEL) Women, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
During the 2013 session, Williams introduced legislation for a number of critical policy issues for Coloradans, including Employee User Name Password Privacy Protection, Compensation for the Wrongly Convicted, Internet Protocol Emerging Tech Telecom Incentives, Commissioning Studies of State Procurements, the Colorado Firefighters Safety Act, the Life and Health Insurance Protection Act, and ASSET In-State Tuition for Undocumented High School Students.
During the 2014 session, Williams was the primary sponsor and the foremost voice introducing legislation that updated 20-year-old telecommunication and technology laws. Williams recognized the goal of deploying broadband to rural areas of Colorado and repurposed funds to address the need. The Modernization Telecommunications Reform Package includes: Reduction of State High Cost Mechanism Fund, Creation of a Broadband Fund using savings from reduction of High Cost Fund, Investment & Deployment related to Voice over Internet Protocol, Telecommunications Definitions update, Establishing Sales Tax Exemption on Broadband Equipment & Expedite Right of Way Permitting. The five final bills reflect a bi-partisan effort and an open policy discussion with stakeholders representing constituencies throughout the state. Governor John Hickenlooper signed the Telecom Package into law in May 2014.
During the 2015 session, Williams dedicated the majority of her time to leading a legislative team of her colleagues and the primary sponsor of bills to Rebuild Trust between Law Enforcement and Community. Of the 10 bills introduced, six of the bills were signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper. She also was the prime sponsor of a bill to address workforce development in the state for middle skilled workers. The WORK Act, signed into law by the governor, invested $10 million over a three-year period.
In 2016, Williams again led a legislative team to continue the Rebuilding Trust between Community and Police legislation. Of the six bills introduced, five were signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper. Williams worked with law enforcement to pass a much-needed bill regarding Law Enforcement Employment Background Checks and updates to prohibit racial profiling. Williams has received national recognition for her work in police reform legislation. She also passed legislation updating Colorado’s 80-year-old liquor licensing laws. Williams’ support for parental choice in education was exemplified when she successfully passed Equitable Resources for Charter Schools, ensuring all children have resources for a quality education.