Jeff Bridges

Representative

Greenwood Village, CO

As a member of the Colorado State House, Jeff Bridges represents the same part of town where he coached a swim team, worked a high school job at Laser Storm, and attended public school K-12. His constituents include former teachers and doctors, friends from high school, and even his parents. In his first session in the State House, Bridges passed bipartisan legislation to improve the lives of everyday Coloradans by shortening wait times at the DMV, protecting free speech on college campuses, and welcoming the regulated testing of autonomous vehicles—or as the Drudge Report calls them, “headless Ubers.”

In a chamber full of lawyers, Jeff Bridges is the only Colorado State Representative with a Master of Divinity degree. Before running for office Bridges put that degree to work as the head of public affairs at Union Theological Seminary, where he helped keep a Hobby Lobby-style religious exemption out of an executive order that banned LGBT discrimination. As an aide to Colorado’s own Ken Salazar in the US Senate, Bridges received a letter from a constituent whose friend had been killed by an IED. In response, Bridges built a bipartisan coalition to save a program that’s still protecting the lives of our military men and women overseas. Bridges met his brilliant wife AnnMarie at Harvard’s admitted students day when she spotted his cowboy boots from across the room.

Pro-Growth Progressive Ideas Shared

Problem

Driverless cars have the potential to reduce traffic fatalities by up to 90%. They will provide affordable, on-demand transportation for those with disabilities, our aging population, and anyone with an unreliable vehicle—no one will ever have to miss work because their car won't start. However, CO law currently does not address even the possibility of driverless cars. Until driverless cars are as safe as those with drivers, we need to protect people on the roads while ensuring that our state is a safe and attractive place for this developing new industry.

Solution

Driverless cars will provide more accessible and affordable transportation to everyone, but the technology is developing faster than our ability to regulate it. To encourage entrepreneurship while keeping people safe we need clear legal boundaries alongside highly adaptable oversight. My bill works to give CDOT and State Patrol the authority and the flexibility they need to work with companies at all stages of testing while ensuring the safety of all Coloradans by doing four things: The bill recognizes that driverless cars exist. It requires them to follow all traffic laws. If they can't, a company must get approval for testing from CDOT and State Patrol. And if they go ahead without approval, State Patrol will impound their vehicles. We give CDOT and State Patrol the authority and the flexibility they need to work with companies at all stages of testing while ensuring the safety of all Coloradans. Since we passed this legislation, the French driverless car company EasyRide has named Denver their US headquarters.