03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Diana DeGette The Leading Force Behind Controversial Legislation Expanding Protected Lands

For a decade now, Democratic U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette of Denver has been fighting an uphill battle to vastly increase the acreage of Colorado's public lands designated as wilderness, which limits development and prohibits wheeled travel. With Democrats in control of the White House and Congress, she may actually have a realistic shot this time around.

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