Andrew Romanoff Biography

Andrew Romanoff is a former Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives, the first Democrat to hold that post since 1975.

Romanoff was first elected to the State House in 2000 and reelected in 2002, 2004 and 2006. He swiftly assumed command of the Democratic team, winning election as his party's leader in his second term. In 2004, Romanoff led the charge to capture a Democratic majority in the House -- the first such victory in three decades. Romanoff's colleagues twice elected him to the speakership, a post he held until he was term-limited out of the House in 2009.

He entered the Democratic race for U.S. Senate in Sept. 2009, against Sen. Michael Bennett, who was appointed by Gov. Bill Ritter.

Romanoff has taught graduate students at the University of Colorado at Denver's School of Public Affair and political science at the Community College of Aurora. He has also taught at Red Rocks Community College and at the University of Colorado's Graduate School of Public Affairs.

He first began teaching in Central America and speaks fluent Spanish.

Romanoff has served on the boards of the Center for Women's Employment and Education, the Colorado Children's Campaign, and the Colorado Health Foundation. He was the president of the Washington Park East Neighborhood Association and the Washington Street Community Center. And he has mentored at-risk students through Denver Kids.

Romanoff earned a bachelor's degree at Yale and a master's degree in public policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.