Polly Baca

Polly Baca was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1974 and was the first woman chair of the House Democratic Caucus. In 1978, she was the first Hispanic woman and first minority woman to be elected to the Colorado State Senate (1978-86) where she served as chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus. During 1994, Ms. Baca was Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton for Consumer Affairs. She served as Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee (1981-89) and Co-Chair of the 1980 and 1984 National Democratic Conventions. Recognition includes being inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame and the National Hispanic Hall of Fame, receiving the prestigious Ohtli Award from the Government of Mexico during the 2010 Conference of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), being listed in the World Who’s Who of Women, Who’s Who in American Politics, and Who’s Who in the West. She received her B.A. degree from Colorado State University, an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Northern Colorado and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa.