Senate District 32 (Denver)
Born and raised in inner city Chicago, 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. Her affiliation with Denver Health began at this time, as this was the site of her training in outpatient internal medicine. Dr. Aguilar worked for 23 years as a Primary Care Physician for Denver Health and Hospitals and now serves on their board of directors. During the Interim she volunteers at Denver Health’s new Southwest Clinic Urgent Care Center.
Senator Aguilar has been married for twenty-seven years to Dr. Thomas Bost. They have three children, one of whom has developmental disabilities. This led to her participation in public service, being appointed to The Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council. She served on the Vulnerable Populations task force of Colorado’s Blue Ribbon Commission on health care reform. Learning about health insurance and its effect on health care for Vulnerable Populations led Dr. Aguilar to become an advocate for 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 represents Denver’s Senate District 32 in the Colorado General Assembly. She hopes to use this office 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.
In the Colorado Senate, Dr. Aguilar serves on the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services and the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange Review Committee.
Senator Aguilar sponsored legislation to expand Medicaid in Colorado and to align health laws with the Affordable Care Act. She has worked to ensure those without health insurance receive fair pricing for hospital care. Senator Aguilar has also passed laws to improve the lives of people with disabilities by providing funding for respite, support for applying for social security disability, and a voice at the table.
As an active member of the Colorado Democratic Party Latino Initiative Senator Aguilar is working to ensure a strong voice for Colorado’s Latino community. She has served on Colorado’s Board of Medical Examiners for eight years and on the Minority Health Commission.
Senator Aguilar is the primary architect of the failed Amendment 69, ColoradoCare. Amendment 69 would have created a state-based universal Health Care System in Colorado. Amendment 69 failed in November 2016.
Senator Aguilar has been recognized by the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, the National Association of Social Workers, the Colorado Non-Profit Association, the Colorado Medical Society, the Colorado Trial Lawyers, Easter Seals, and the Democratic Party of Denver. In 2015 she was awarded the American Medical Associations Nathan Davis Award for Government Services. She was named one of the 25 most powerful women in Colorado by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce in January 2016.