what we fight for
Rhonda’s career in public service has always been devoted to the community prosperity.
“Changing the odds for every child, individual, family, and entrepreneur who has been ignored or forgotten, whose stories aren't being told.” ~ RHONDA FIELDS
Throughout her career, Rhonda has been a fearless champion for the voiceless and vulnerable. She has taken bold and direct action on behalf of all people and worked tirelessly to protect our air, water, land, and local communities across Colorado. She served six years as a State Representative and is currently the Assistant Majority Leader in the Colorado Senate representing Senate District 29. During her time in both the House and the Senate, Rhonda has taken on special interests and won. She has taken the lead in reducing truancy, reforming the criminal justice system, while tackling difficult and often controversial issues. A strong advocate for women, children, families, and victims of crime, Rhonda is a voice for the most vulnerable in our community.
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Rhonda wants to fulfill the promise of Medicaid, CHIP and the ACA by ensuring every eligible child, adult, and family has access to affordable health coverage that guarantees all necessary services and which is easy to get and keep regardless of income, zip code, place of birth, or immigration status. Rhonda is committed to supporting comprehensive and affordable health and mental health care coverage. Seniors should not have to struggle to pay for their prescriptions. Rhonda supports measures to decrease the cost of insurance, including allowing the Insurance Commissioner to regulate health insurance pricing. She will continue to promote measures to protect benefits available to Coloradans through Colorado Health Connect and support programs that defend women's choices, civil rights, and access to care and treatment.
Rhonda believes we need to fight for working families, increase paychecks, decrease the cost of living, and combat both sexism and racism in the workplace. She will pursue an ambitious agenda to build an economy where everyone gets a fair shot and chance to get ahead. Growing up in a hardworking middle-class family, she watched first-hand as good jobs disappeared from the community. As a result, she understands the importance of ensuring economic security and opportunity for all families. Rhonda will continue to work to expand Colorado’s small businesses, promote job creation and growth, and advance workers’ rights by supporting paternal leave programs, fair wages, and just workplace treatment for all workers.
Rhonda has been a key advocate for quality public education, regardless of a student’s background, zip code, economic status, or how they learn. She has worked to eliminate discriminatory education policies and practices, as well as the inequitable distribution of resources that undermines equal educational opportunities for students. She is committed to expanding early childhood education as well as workforce programs to prepare young people for success in their chosen fields. The importance of investing in classroom instruction, teachers, and a fair allocation of resources for quality public education cannot be understated.
Rhonda recognizes we are facing a climate crisis. From families devastated by flooding to firefighters battling wildfires in Colorado, one thing is clear: we must stand up for those affected by the damage inflicted by global warming. This is why Rhonda supports the accelerated expansion of electric vehicles, solar panels, and wind turbines in Colorado. She will fight for environmental protections and common-sense standards for oil and gas drilling. Beyond these standards, she also supports further initiatives, such as improving energy efficiency – to save families money, make our businesses more competitive, create jobs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Justice & Equality
As State Senator, Rhonda has aggressively defended human rights, civil rights, women's rights and consumer’s rights. She successfully passed legislation to crack down on predatory lending, discriminatory rental agreements, and cyber bullying. She refuses to ignore the bigotry, discrimination and hate often faced by individuals on account of their race, sex, religion, gender identity, or sexual orientation. She continues to be an outspoken advocate for comprehensive health coverage and laws that respect the reproductive decisions of all women. Rhonda has fought for numerous pieces of legislation to assist the undocumented in our state and will never back down when it comes ending wage theft and discrimination against workers. She remains focused on addressing inequality and promoting equal opportunity for all. Although Colorado has been a leader on these issues, Rhonda understands we have much more work to do!
All children in Colorado have the right to live, learn, and grow up safely—free from violence and fear. Rhonda has been on the forefront of major gun reform legislation to institute universal background checks and limit high capacity magazines. She will fight to protect children, their communities, and classrooms from the threat of gun violence. For the sake of our children’s future, we must keep guns out of the hands of those who would use them to harm children, families, and communities. Rhonda supports common sense gun laws including those that restrict gun access to people convicted of domestic abuse or other violent crimes.
Veteran & Military Affairs
Rhonda grew up in a military family. Her father served and defended this country for 30 years while her mother served as a ‘military wife’. Rhonda is committed to improving economic opportunities for veterans, including those seeking to start small businesses. She will harness government resources to address veteran homelessness and to support veterans seeking to improve their employment credentials. After her father died due to complications associated with Agent Orange, Rhonda recognized that — far too often — veterans lack access to the health care services they need and deserve. Since then she has vowed to fight for veterans’ access to health care, education, and good-paying jobs.