From President Obama’s Inaugural Address: For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it. We believe that America’s prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class. We know that America thrives when every person can find independence and pride in their work; when the wages of honest labor liberate families from the brink of hardship. We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American; she is free, and she is equal, not just in the eyes of God but also in our own.
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It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began. For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law –- for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity — until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country. Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia, to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for and cherished and always safe from harm.
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Pete is now serving his second term in the Colorado State Assembly where he practices his black belt motto when enacting legislation that makes Colorado a better place to live. He credits perseverance as the key to his legislative success.
During the 2013 legislative session, Pete will serve as Vice Chair of the Judiciary Committee and a member of the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, seeking to improve sentencing guidelines for criminal and juvenile offenses. Pete is best known for his advocacy for restorative justice whereby juvenile offenders make restitution to their victims. In addition, Pete is on the Transportation and Energy Committee charged with overseeing the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Public Utility Commission.
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