2015 Big Shot of the Year - Sen. Irene Aguilar, MD

Senator Irene Aguilar, M.D.

Senator Irene Aguilar was elected Senate Assistant Majority Leader by her peers in November 2012. She is a primary care physician by trade, but she developed an interest in health coverage issues and started working on related state bills and state committees before becoming a legislator. She was elected to fill a Senate District 32 vacancy just before the start of the 2011 legislative session, and will run for her final term in the 2014 election. Today, she also serves as a member of the Business, Labor, & Technology Committee along with the Health, & Human Services Committee and the Joint State Veterans & Military Affairs Committee.

Sen. Aguilar was born and raised in inner city Chicago and attended Chicago Public Schools. She was the first in her family to complete college, attending Washington University in St. Louis on a scholarship and then earning her medical degree from the University of Chicago-Pritzker School of Medicine. She spent her residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and went on to work at Denver’s Westside Family Health Center, where she worked as a primary care provider for 23 years. During the interim, Dr. Aguilar works at Clinica Tepeyac.

Senator Aguilar has been married to Dr. Thomas Bost for 25 years and they have three children – Jonathan, Meg and Amy. Together they enjoy camping and hiking in Colorado’s mountain areas. Her daughter, Amelia Milagro (Amy) has developmental disabilities and has served as an inspiration for her volunteer work on behalf of people with disabilities and in support of health care reform.