Senate District 26 (Arapahoe County)
Senator Daniel Kagan was elected to the Colorado State Senate in 2016. Since taking office in 2009 in the State House of Representatives, Daniel has advocated for more affordable housing, better classrooms in our public schools, improved public safety, and protecting our business-friendly climate that supports companies big and small so they can create good-paying jobs.
Daniel has a background in doing both blue-collar work (loading cargo onto trucks as a Teamster, waiting tables, tending bar) and white-collar work (flight instructor, lawyer, businessman). Daniel served our military as a civilian contractor, first re-training Vietnam-era pilots in the use of civilian equipment under the GI Bill, and later, as a flight familiarization instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy.
In the State House, Daniel chaired the House Judiciary Committee, and worked across the aisle with then-State Representative Bob Gardner, R-Colorado Springs, to reform the Colorado Department of Correction’s Division of Parole. Daniel also served on the House Finance Committee, where his work was guided by the principle that every spending proposal must be evaluated as carefully as a family evaluates its household spending.
The son of Holocaust survivors, Daniel was born and raised in England, because his parents had taken refuge there after escaping from a Nazi concentration camp. They inculcated in their son a very deep appreciation for the freedoms of the West. Daniel moved to the United States in 1975, and proudly became a citizen in 1984. He and his wife of 27 years, Faye, raised three children in Colorado (Benjamin, Samantha, and Abra) — all three of whom went through the state’s K-12 public school system.