Lang Sias Named Mike A. Leprino Free Enterprise Fellow

Jan 19, 2023 | 2023 Press Releases, Press Releases

January 19, 2023

Lang Sias Named Mike A. Leprino Free Enterprise Fellow

Denver, CO – “We are pleased to announce Lang Sias as the 2023 Mike A. Leprino Free Enterprise Fellow,” said Common Sense Institute (CSI) Executive Director Kelly Caufield.

“Lang has a rich and diverse background that includes his tenure as a state legislator, an attorney, and a Navy and Air National Guard fighter pilot,” continued Caufield. “His experiences will serve him well as he addresses some of the biggest public policy challenges facing our state,” continued Caufield.

Established in honor of the late Mike A. Leprino, the fellowship focuses on issues reflected in the values and accomplishments of this former pillar of the community. The son of Italian immigrants, Mike A. Leprino was a banker, developer and community servant. He built an enviable legacy from humble beginnings and became a great defender of free enterprise and the American dream.

“We are thrilled to have Lang as CSI’s 2023 Leprino Fellow,” said Laura Leprino, a CSI Board Member. “The work CSI has achieved since this fellowship was established is more than incredible and we are confident Lang’s work will deliver thoughtful, data-driven policy analysis that will honor my father’s legacy and champion economic prosperity for Coloradans.”

Lang Sias is a former Colorado State legislator, attorney and Navy and Air National Guard fighter pilot.

As a Colorado State Representative from 2015-2019, Lang served as the ranking member on the business committee. He also served on the education, public health and health exchange oversight committees, and was a member of the legislative tax simplification task force and the JeffCo school safety task force. Over 85% of the bills Lang sponsored were bipartisan. He played major roles in passing legislation expanding public school choice, increasing healthcare transparency and reforming the public pension system to benefit retirees and taxpayers. Lang currently serves on the legislative subcommittee that oversees Colorado’s state pension fund.

Raised in a small family manufacturing business, Lang feels a gut-level loyalty to small businesses and the families they support. His passion for entrepreneurship continued as an attorney at the Colorado offices of Cooley LLP, a leading national firm, where he worked with leaders of numerous emerging technology companies and investors.

Lang is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, the London School of Economics and Vassar College. He and his wife Rene live in Arvada. They have three children.




Common Sense Institute is a non-partisan research organization dedicated to the protection and promotion of Colorado’s economy. CSI is at the forefront of important discussions concerning the future of free enterprise in Colorado and aims to have an impact on the issues that matter most to Coloradans. CSI’s mission is to examine the fiscal impacts of policies, initiatives, and proposed laws so that Coloradans are educated and informed on issues impacting their lives.