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 Democrat Business Champion of the Colorado General Assembly. Williams’s primary focus is to open up the lines of communication between government and the private sector. 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 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 Chairwoman 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, the first African American woman to hold the position in Colorado’s history. She served as 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.
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 12 years.
Williams is affiliated with several national organizations. She serves on the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) Executive Nominating Committee and serves on the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) Business and Economic Development 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), the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
During the 2013 session, Williams introduced legislation for a number of critical policy issues for Coloradoans, 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 five final bills reflect a bi-partisan effort and an open policy discussion with stakeholders representing constituencies throughout the State. 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. Governor John Hickenlooper signed the Telecom Package into law in May 2014.
During the 2015 session, Williams dedicated the majority of her time 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 John Hickenlooper. She also was the prime sponsor of a bill to address workforce development in the state for middle skilled workers. The Governor also signed the WORK Act into law. Representative Williams also sponsored legislation addressing the placement stability for children & with siblings that became law.
In 2016, Williams again led a bipartisan legislative team to continue the Rebuilding Trust between Community and Police legislation. Of the six bills introduced, five were signed into law by Governor John 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.
In 2017, Senator Williams continued to show her ability to work in a bi-partisan fashion to pass legislation that makes a difference in the lives of the people of Colorado. Williams was the primary sponsor of Notification of Dense Breast Tissue, which will require breast imaging centers to notify women in writing if they have dense breast tissue. This piece of legislation will saves lives for women in the State of Colorado. Williams recognizes the importance of school choice and equitable funding for all children. Williams was the primary sponsor of groundbreaking piece of legislation that will help ensure that all of Colorado public school students receive equal funding for their public education regardless of what type of public school they attend. It is the first of its kind to pass in the country. Williams joined the republican majority leader as the co-prime sponsor of SB 17-088. This bill will benefit physicians and patients by increasing the transparency in healthcare provider selection for a network. Governor Hickenlooper signed the bill into law.