Daniel Kagan

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Daniel Kagan
Colorado House of Representatives District 3
In office
Term ends
January 14, 2015
Years in position 5
Base salary$30,000/year
Per diem$45/day in Denver area, $183/day outside
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
Bachelor'sGeorge Washington University. 1984
J.D.Yale Law School, 1987
Office website
Campaign website
Daniel Kagan is a Democratic member of the Colorado House of Representatives, representing District 3. He was first appointed March 26, 2009.


Kagan earned his B.S. in Public Affairs from George Washington University in 1984 and his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1987. His professional experience includes working as the legal counsel for the Hillary Clinton for President Colorado Campaign in 2008, as Managing Director at Kagan Textiles Limited from 1995 to 2009 and attorney.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Kagan served on the following committees:

Colorado Committee Assignments, 2013
Judiciary, Chair
Legal Services


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Kagan served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Kagan served on these committees:


Adultery ban repeal

On January 30, 2013, Kagan and Senator Pat Steadman introduced House Bill 13-1166, entitled "A Bill for an act concerning the repeal of certain crimes than marital status as an element of the crime." This bill would repeal the penalty-less law against adultery and also the law criminalizing "promoting sexual immorality" as a misdemeanor.[1] HB 1166 was referred to the Judiciary Committee of the Colorado House of Representatives and scheduled for a hearing on February 21.[2][3]

Training judges in business

Late in the 2011 session, lawmakers in the House Judiciary Committee an effort to train judges on business matters. The proposed program will be funded with excess fees collected by the Secretary of State’s Office from Colorado businesses.

House Bill 1302, by Rep. Waller authorizes the Secretary of State’s Office to spend $500,000 to administer the program, designed and delivered by the judiciary branch, to train judges in handling business issues.

Mark Waller said the bill concentrates on efficiency that would benefit all who are a party to litigation involving business matters.

“It’s a win-win for everyone involved,” said Waller. “It enables the judiciary to more effectively deal with these cases and deal with other issues that they also deal with.”

Some members were concerned with the bill having a nexus to the secretary of state, suggesting that it should reside wholly within the judiciary branch.

“It feels messy to have two separate branches of government working on the same thing,” said Rep. Su Ryden.

Rep. Daniel Kagan voted in favor of the bill but expressed concern as well over the secretary of state’s involvement in the program.

“What the secretary of state giveth the secretary of state can take away,” said Kagan. “Having a politically controlled office funding the program is probably not a good idea.”[4]

Kagan's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 09-1342 - Eliminate Cigarette Sales Tax Exemption
  • HB 09-1347 - Donate Life Special License Plate

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.

Campaign themes

Kagan's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[5]

Jobs and the Economy

  • Excerpt: "It’s been a privilege, these last four years in the state house, helping bring good jobs to Colorado. It’s a core part of my mission. I’m proud to have been able to do it with your support."


  • Excerpt: "As the economy comes back, bringing expanded revenue with it, I will do all I can to ensure that a good part of the new revenue goes where it is needed most: to our children’s education, both public schools and higher ed."

Budgeting Issues and Incentives

  • Excerpt: "The budget, of course, has to be balanced. We balance it every year. We allow no federal-style deficits in Colorado. But it takes a steady eagle eye to make sure that the limited funds we expend, are spent as wisely as a family spends its own limited budget."


  • Excerpt: "Now that I am in the legislature, my determination to do right by our veterans continues unabated. We must make Colorado the very best state in the union for vets to come home to."

Political courage tests


Kagan has not provided answers to the Colorado State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.[6]



See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Colorado House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 24, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 31, 2014. Incumbent Daniel Kagan was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Candice Benge was unopposed in the Republican primary. Kagan will face Benge in the general election.[7][8]


See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2012

Kagan won re-election in the 2012 election for Colorado House of Representatives District 3. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 26, 2012. He defeated Brian Watson (R) and David Jurist (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[9]

Colorado House of Representatives, District 3, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel Kagan Incumbent 50.8% 19,610
     Republican Brian Watson 44.5% 17,194
     Libertarian David P. Jurist 4.7% 1,825
Total Votes 38,629


See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2010

Kagan ran for re-election to the 3rd District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the August 10 primary. Kagan defeated Christine Mastan (R) in the November 2 general election.

Colorado House of Representatives, District 3 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Daniel Kagan (D) 14,981
Christine Mastan (R) 10,919

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kagan is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Kagan raised a total of $296,010 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 27, 2013.[10]

Daniel Kagan's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Colorado State House, District 3 Won $205,125
2010 Colorado State House, District 3 Won $90,885
Grand Total Raised $296,010


Kagan won re-election to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Kagan raised a total of $90,885.
Colorado House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Daniel Kagan's campaign in 2012
Kagan, Daniel$59,000
Colorado Democratic Party$10,496
Colorado Education Association$4,500
Colorado Federation Of Teachers$3,000
Total Raised in 2012$90,885
Source:Follow the Money


Kagan won election to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Kagan raised a total of $205,125.


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In 2014, the 69th Colorado General Assembly was in session from January 8 to May 7.[11]


In 2013, the 69th Colorado General Assembly was in session from January 9 to May 9.[12]


Kagan and his wife, Faye, have three children.

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