Application for Legislative Commission for James Anthony Jacobs

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Full Name

James Anthony Jacobs

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Retired but do some consulting for Colorado Mesa University as a Higher Education Policy Analyst. Have attached a resume.

Educational Background

University of Denver, GSIS, ABD, 1992; University of Denver, MPA, 1978; London School of Economics and Political Science, M.Sc., International Relations, 1974; University of Denver, BA, 1972; University of Kent, UK, year abroad, 71-72; Regis High School, Denver.

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Professional Background

Have made presentations before civic groups and state legislative committees on work produced by the Colorado Expenditure Council for two decades and as Director of Finance and Research and Policy for the Colorado Commission on Higher Education and as Assistant Staff Director for the Colorado Economic Futures Panel at the University of Denver and as a consultant and policy analyst at Colorado Mesa University.

Past Political Activity

Have not been involved in partisan politics in over four decades. Contributions to: Lois Court, $50; Alec Garnett, $75; Dave Young, $274; Donna Lynne, $130; John Hickenlooper, $105; Penfield Tate, $25; ACTBlue, $4.

List of Political and Civic Organizations belonged to

Cory-Merrill Neighborhood Association - At Large Board Member; Friends of the Front Range Wildlife Refuges - Board Member


I have watched government at the state level for over 50 years. That has given me a broad perspective of how Colorado works - or doesn't. I was a registered Republican until ten years ago. Encouraging people to look at the long term is a good way to foster consensus, things I have been doing for most of my life. I believe the goal should be to create the most number of competitive districts. The goals for the past decades has been to create the most favorable to a given political party.

Statement on Working with Consensus

I have worked in nonpartisan settings for most of my life and have tried to be impartial with the findings I have produced from research. From tax policy and comparing state and local taxes to demographic changes by counties and higher education attainment level, fairness has been my goal. I have watch reapportionment at the Statehouse since 1980. Colorado has done a better job than most states. However, the most number of competitive districts should be the goal in order to attract candidates to better reflect public sentiment.

Relevant Analytic Skills for Commission

I have been involved in both qualitative and quantitative research for over 40 years in both the private sector (Colorado Public Expenditure Council) and with state government (Colorado Commission on Higher Education) and in the academic world - the University of Denver and Colorado Mesa University.


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