Senator Irene Aguilar, MD
Born and raised in Chicago and educated in Chicago Public Schools, Senator Aguilar was the first in her family to receive a bachelor’s degree. She attended Washington University in St. Louis on scholarship and received her medical degree from the University of Chicago-Pritzker School of Medicine. In 1985 she moved to Denver for her residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dr. Aguilar worked for 23 years as a Primary Care Physician for Denver Health and Hospitals and now serves on their board of directors.
Mother to a daughter with developmental disabilities, Dr. Aguilar was drawn to public service and was appointed to The Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council and the Vulnerable Populations task force of Colorado’s Blue Ribbon Commission on health care reform. In November 2010, Dr. Aguilar made a decision to seek public office to advance the cause of universal health care. Senator Aguilar represented Denver’s Senate District 32 in the Colorado General Assembly until December of 2018. During her time in office she served on the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, the Judiciary and State Affairs Committees, and the Health Benefit Exchange Review Committee. She worked to ensure access to quality affordable health care for all Coloradans, reinforce the safety net for people with disabilities, and revive the American Dream for Latinos in Colorado.
Senator Aguilar now works in the City of Denver’s Department of Development and Opportunity as the Neighborhood Equity and Stabilization (NEST) Program Director. NEST focuses on preserving the culture and character of Denver’s neighborhoods while working by giving longtime businesses and residents the opportunity to stay in place.
Favorite Book/Movie: Lonesome Dove (fun) and Evicted (serious)
Personal Heroes: Sappy: My husband Tom Bost who supports my efforts to help the community 110%. Pubic Figures: Senator John Morse and Angela Giron who don't regret voting on gun violence prevention initiatives which led to them being recalled
Hometown Fun Fact: Chicago, the windy city, has a long, rich history of ethnic neighborhoods
Favorite Thing To Do in Colorado: Hike with my husband and dog, Rosa Barks
Why Vaccinate: Vaccines save lives, not only for your family but also those around you