AURORA, Colo. — About one-fifth of Aurora’s population was born outside of the United States, and for many of them, the journey was far from easy. Liberian-American State Rep. Naquetta Ricks (D-Aurora), is an example of someone who has turned the struggles of immigration into success.
“As an immigrant, we look for opportunity,” Naquetta Ricks said. “And I think that America is the land of opportunity... And I think just seeing the opportunities here [for] education, seeing the opportunities here for business, we want to take full advantage.”
During her time in office, Ricks has sponsored more than a dozen bills that have been signed into law. Earlier this year, Rocky Mountain PBS reported on a HOA reform bill that Ricks was the primary sponsor for.
In the 2022 midterm election, Ricks, a Democratic, cruised to reelection against Republican candidate Le Sellers to represent District 40, which covers southeast Aurora.
In addition to serving in the State House, Ricks is a community leader, social activist, and the president and co-founder of the African Chamber of Commerce.
The African Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit that brings resources, tools, and access to immigrant businesses. For example, the organization helps African-owned businesses with networking, promotions as well as provides financing expenses so owners can more easily grow their companies.