I have a daughter who works in the oil and gas industry, and two grandsons who love sports and the outdoors. My interests outside of education focus on music, outdoor activities, and spending time with family and friends.
For the past 30 years, I have been active in union work. My interest in policy, procedures, and working on language began shortly after I became a member. I’ve served as a representative, a member of the Colorado Education Association as a Communication Commissioner for my region, member of the Northern Colorado Regional Bargaining Council, and also the President of a rural education association.
In my hometown, I was asked to consider running for our school board. I was appointed to the position and served my first term. In 2015, I ran and won the seat for a second term. Our board have fought for a long time to get a bond and mill levy passed while dealing with the Negative Factor and the oil and gas boom here in Weld County. Our board had to make some hard decision when it came time to cut because of the budget. Being a board member has taught me about developing policies and procedures, budgets and finance, handling tough decisions and governance. The Colorado Association of School Boards has provided training. I also serve as a Legislative Liaison to my group and most recently was appointed to the Federal Relations Network. The FRN travels to DC to meet with the Colorado Congressional delegation. Of course, education was a hot topic.
After much consideration, I decided to run for the Senate. It is my job to listen to the people of Colorado and represent them on the Senate floor.