About Councilman López

Paul Lopez 2011 Rally
Paul D. López, Council District 3

Born and raised in Denver’s Westside, Denver City Councilman Paul D. Lopez began his community life going door-to-door at the age of 13. While putting himself though college at the University of Colorado, he fought to improve recruitment, retention and graduation of low-income students. As a community organizer, he went to work in Denver’s poorest neighborhoods organizing local residents to protect affordable housing and access to health care.

As a labor organizer, López took on employers who violated worker’s rights by bringing thousands of Denver-area janitors to the bargaining table; and in 2006 he convened leaders to organize the largest political march in Colorado’s recent history bringing over 100,000 people to the state capitol in support of humane national immigration reform.   

Elected in 2007 to represent West Denver’s Council District 3, at 28-years old, Councilman López became the youngest Denver City Councilmember to take the oath of office and was re-elected for his second term in May 2011 unopposed.  

Since then, Councilman López has served in various leadership roles as Chair of the Health, Safety, Education & Services Committee, Chair of the Gang Reduction Initiative of Denver, and Chair of the 2010 City Council Redistricting process. He has also served as Co-Chair of the 2010 Census Denver Complete Count Committee and board secretary of the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District. 

 Lopez is regarded as Denver’s home-grown champion for working families and is well-known for his fiery public speaking and heart filled work in Denver’s Westside where his bull-horn wielding leadership style has inspired new civic participation and ushered in long overdue community revitalization.

Nationally, Councilman Lopez’s bold vision and work has been recognized as a model for improving the public health and lives of poorer communities across the nation has presented in front of congressional settings.   

Councilman López also serves on the board of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, where he continues to amplify the voice of Latinos on a national stage and has served as a National surrogate to President Barack Obama during both 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.

He has been recognized with the César Chavez Leadership Award, the Spirit of Tlatelolco Public Service Award, the Rosa Parks Diversity Community Award from the University of Colorado at Denver; the NEWSED Civil Rights Award, the Colorado Recycling Association’s Outstanding Elected Official; the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce’s Political Award; and as Public Official of the Year by the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  In 2008, Councilman López was named by 5280 Denver Magazine as one of “Colorado's most politically influential Latinos”.

Aside from his addiction to hot sauce and old school salsa and mariachi tunes, Paul enjoys raising his 5-year-old daughter, Nayeli, who has already mastered her daddy’s rebelliousness.

Council Committee Meetings

Denver City Council members serve on several different committees, each concerned with various areas of City government. Committees meet regularly to discuss and prepare proposed laws. For the latest information about Denver City Council committee meetings, full council meetings, and agendas, visit the Denver City Council Meetings page.

Councilman Paul López serves on the following committees:

Meeting Times

Meets Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Areas of Responsibility and Oversight

  • Zoning and other land-use decisions and planning
  • Public buildings, parks, and transportation planning, programs, and policy
  • Streets, utilities, and other physical infrastructure

Meeting Times

Meets Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m.

Areas of Responsibility and Oversight

  • Public health
  • Public safety and security
  • Education and youth programs and policies
  • Senior services and programs
  • Libraries and recreational programs and policies
  • Municipal justice system
  • Public housing, human services, and social assistance programs

  • Amendment 64

    Meeting Times

    Meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 3:30 P.M. in Room 391 of the City & County Building (1437 Bannock Street Denver, CO 80202).

    Areas of Responsibility and Oversight

    The committee will discuss issues related to the implementation of Amendment 64 passed by the voters in the November 2012 election regarding recreational use and retail of Marijuana.

  • Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation
  • Crime Prevention & Control Commission
  • National Association of Latino Elected & Appointed Officials
  •  Urban Drainage and Flood Control - President Pro-Tem
Learn more about other council committees.

Awards & Recognition

  • 2011 Revision International Joseph Taipei Distinguished Service Award
  • 2011 Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Public Official of the Year, 2011
  • 2011 The Sawaya Values Truth Award
  • 2010 Colorado Recycling Association “Outstanding Elected Official”
  • 2010 Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce “Wellington E. Webb Political Award”
  • 2010 NEWSED Community Development Corporation “Civil Rights Award”
  • 2009 University of Colorado Denver “Rosa Parks Community Service Award”
  • 2008 Spirit of Tlatelolco “Public Service Award”
  • 2003 Denver César E. Chávez Leadership Award