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December 28, 2021

Colorado’s first lawmaker to use wheelchair finally gets to wield the gavel

From the story posted on the website:

"When Colorado elected Rep. David Ortiz, the state's first lawmaker to use a wheelchair, staff at the 130-year-old capitol building in Denver quickly got to work making changes.

Wooden ramps were added, doorways were widened and Ortiz's desk was modified so that he could get to work unassisted. But for his first session in office, the Democrat still couldn't reach the most prominent place in the House chamber: the speaker's podium.

In 2022, that changes."

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