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                           Andrew Romanoff: Speaker of the Colorado House of
                           Representatives and Student at the University of Denver Sturm
                           College of Law
                           [By Mahsa Khalilifar]
                           “Witty, determined, and intelligent but, ironically, a man of few words” is the best way to describe Andrew Romanoff.
                           Having graduated first from Yale and then gone on to get his master’s degree from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of
                           Government, Romanoff is now pursuing his law degree at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. What next?
                           “Maybe medical school,” Romanoff quipped, obviously joking-but even that doesn’t seem like it would be such a stretch for
                           this devoted student and public representative. university in the west. In 1892, the first class entered the law school, and
                           since then, the Sturm College of Law in Denver has been educating law students.

Prestigious education aside, Romanoff is no        “I don’t like other folks knowing stuff that I      Romanoff is hoping to finally graduate from
average law student. By night, he attends          don’t know,” he said with a humorous tone           law school in 2008, six years after he first
classes, but during the day, he is the Speaker     but also a bit seriously.                           started in 2002. Working on legislation
of the Colorado House of Representatives.                                                              and studying for law tests are his biggest
According to Wikipedia, at 40 years old,           He added that he wanted to get a handle             priorities right now. He is confident that he
Romanoff is the youngest Speaker of the            on aspects of the law and apply them while          made the right decision, though.
House to have served in Colorado.                  working on his committees.
                                                                                                       “[The lessons] provide good knowledge when
                                                   Romanoff has been in the Colorado House of
Romanoff started out looking into a career                                                             crafting legislation,” he said.
                                                   Representatives since 2000. A typical workday
in journalism. However, he switched to law
                                                   for him as the Speaker, when the House is in
after living in Central America for a year and                                                         Romanoff has also had a laugh or two along
                                                   session, starts at 7:30 a.m. and ends around
seeing the hardships people faced in that                                                              the way to where he is now. He described a
                                                   5:00 p.m. And that is only the first part of
area. Romanoff said his parents were the                                                               memorable experience he had in law school.
                                                   his day. At about 7:00 p.m., he heads to law
people who inspired him most to make a life                                                            One night, the students were going around
                                                   school, where he attends class until 0:00 p.m.
that involved helping others.                                                                          the room introducing themselves, and it was
                                                                                                       Romanoff’s turn. When asked what he did
                                                   “School at night, reading/studying during the
“My mom was a social worker, my dad                                                                    during the day, Romanoff did not have the
                                                   weekends, at the capitol most days-it has
was a prosecutor, and my grandpa was a                                                                 typical answer.
                                                   not been easy,” Romanoff said. “It has been
physician,” he explained. “So I grew up
                                                   useful training, though, and you pick up good
watching how you can make a difference in                                                              “I’m a legislator. I make laws,” he told the
                                                   skills from it.”
people’s lives and why you should try to help                                                          class.
them.”                                              Q. What do you do for fun?
                                                    A. Play tennis. Play with my dog. Rarely,          A fellow student looked at him and
And how did he decide law school, in                play tennis with my dog.                           responded, “Gosh, I thought legislators
particular, would be his next step?                                                                    would be [more] impressive.”
                                                    Q. What is the last magazine you read?
“There was nothing really good on T.V., so I        A. Vanity Fair on Africa.                          What is Romanoff’s next goal? Embarking
thought I might as well,” he joked.                 Q. What is your favorite TV show?                  on a trip with two dozen young political
                                                    A. The Simpsons.                                   leaders to China and India in order to raise
In all seriousness, his real drive to enter                                                            awareness regarding the Darfur conflict.
                                                    Q. Who is your role model?
law school came from a need to gain more
                                                    A. Bobby Kennedy.
knowledge about the legal system. He also                                                              “[We are going down there] to ask the
wanted to know what many of his colleagues          Q. What is something most people don’t             Chinese to end the genocide in Darfur,”
already knew about the law.                         know about you?                                    he said. “It is a central moral crisis of our
                                                    A. My twin sister calls me her baby brother.       time and the worst crisis in the world right

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now…half a million people have been killed,          But he advises students who are interested     On The neT
and many are being tortured and raped.”              in law to really find out if it is for them.
                                                                                                    Andrew Romanoff’s Official Site
Romanoff is currently going through finals,          “I have no words of wisdom, but know 
which usually take hours. When he is not             why you are really going [to law school],”
studying, he spends most of his free time with his   Romanoff said.                                 Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of
“high-maintenance” dog. He also plays tennis,                                                       Government
reads, and likes to catch the latest movies.         When asked where he wanted to be in 0
                                                     years, Romanoff replied, “I hope to have
Although law school has been challenging             finished law school by then.”                  University of Denver Sturm College of Law
even for this Yale grad, he has no regrets.                                               


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