Party affiliation: Democratic Party
Precinct Committeewoman, Denver County Democratic Committee, 1968-1970. Member, House of Representatives, First District Colorado, since 1972. Member, Armed Service, Post Office, Civil Service and Judiciary Committees.
Chairwoman, Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families, 1991. Democratic Whip, 1978-1987. Deputy Whip, since 1987.
Co-Chairwoman, Democratic Caucus Task Force on National Security. Member, Armed Services Committee, Judiciary Committee, Committee on Post office and Civil Service, United States House of Representatives. Co-Chairwoman, Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues.
Professional career: field attorney, National Labor Relations Board, Colorado, Wyoming and Utah, 1964-1966. Lecturer and law instructor, Community College, Denver, 1969-1970, University of Denver, 1969, Regis College, 1970-1972. Hearing Officer, Colorado Dept, of Personnel, 1971-1972.
Legal counsel. Planned Parenthood of Colorado.