2015 Big Shot of the Year - Rep. Dan Pabon
State Representative Dan Pabon (D-Denver)
Representative Dan Pabon is a proud dad and husband who is honored to serve as the State Representative for House District 4. He serves on the Finance Committee, Appropriations Committee and Judiciary Committee. He also serves as the minority deputy whip and is the only first-term lawmaker in leadership. Rep. Pabon has a truly unique story that begins in the same community he now has the honor of representing.
He attended Holy Family, when it was located in North Denver, from preschool through high school and later earned his mechanical engineering degree at the University of Colorado. While there, Rep. Pabon’s peers elected him student body president (tri-executive). In that role, he created a university-wide resource center for struggling and at-risk students trying to balance their lives so that they could focus on their education. The center just celebrated its 10th year in operation.
After working at a start-up software company, Rep. Pabon decided he wanted to help people more than machines and enrolled at the University of Colorado School of Law. As a law student, he earned several scholarships and worked for the Legal Aid and Defender Program, helping the poor and disabled obtain Social Security benefits. Rep. Pabon also served as class president and helped lead an effort to build a new law school using an innovative funding method. Since then, universities and colleges all around the state have adopted this method.
After earning his law degree, Rep. Pabon worked as an attorney for five years at a prestigious Denver-based law firm, where he focused his practice on real estate and green building development. He became a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and a strong advocate for green technologies and investing in Colorado’s new energy economy. Rep. Pabon left his 17th Street law firm to provide affordable legal services as a neighborhood attorney. His clients include small business owners, residents, and non-profit organizations.
Throughout Rep. Pabon’s professional career, he has continued to work diligently on important policy issues. He worked on higher education issues as the vice-chair of the Auraria Higher Education Center Board. He served as the Captain of the House District 4 Democrats and worked for two months on the Obama-Biden Presidential transition team. There, he helped draft the president’s first executive order on transparency and ethics in government. In the state legislature, Rep. Pabon is a community voice. He serves with humility and integrity. He focuses on proactive legislation to keep Colorado moving forward and makes sure our tax dollars are being spent efficiently and effectively.