Driving through CD3 means crossing some of the highest, steepest, and most spectacular mountain passes in Colorado including: Red Mountain, Molas, Coal Bank, Independence, Pearl, Imogene, Lizard Head, Wolf Creek, Vail, Rabbit Ears, McClure, Tennessee, Kebler, LaVeta, Douglas and numerous gaps, divides and smaller passes. We are surrounded by magnificent public lands that we can use and enjoy.
Our natural resources include free flowing waters, minerals, oil, gas, and coal, diverse wildlife and habitats, steady wind, and endless sunshine.
Across our Congressional District, from Pueblo to the San Luis Valley to the mountains and deserts of the Western slope, our communities are blessed with compassionate, creative, hardworking neighbors who really care about each other. We’re also fortunate enough to have unique and innovative small businesses that enrich and diversify each community.
But over the past decade, many of our communities have been struggling to get by because of limited economic and educational opportunities, as well as soaring healthcare costs. Even in the regions that have recovered and seen economic development, there is still a lack of opportunity for many. Economic and educational inequalities have kept people in Southern Colorado and along the Western Slope from sharing fully in Colorado’s unprecedented economic growth.