House Democrats put Front Range members in key leadership posts

Although there are no Western Slope Democrats in any leadership positions in the Colorado House, at least one will take charge of a committee when the Legislature convenes in January.

Rep. Millie Hamner, D-Dillon, whose district includes the eastern half of Delta County, will become chairwoman of the House Education Committee.

House Speaker-elect Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver, named Hamner and a slew of other Democrats on Wednesday as chair and vice chair of the 11 standing committees in the Colorado House.

That became possible when the Democrats retook control of the 65-member chamber, winning 37 seats.

But other than Hamner and Rep. Ed Vigil, a San Luis Valley Democrat, all of the chair and vice chairs hail from major Front Range cities, from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins.

For Hamner, though, it will be a chance to spearhead issues surrounding a subject she’s familiar with. Prior to being in the House, Hamner spent a career in public education.

Hamner began her career in Colorado public education as a teacher and administrator in the Eagle County School District in 1978, where she taught for 23 years before becoming assistant superintendent of the Summit School District in the fall of 2001.

She was promoted to superintendent in March 2004 but resigned that job after being appointed to the House in 2010.

Senate Democrats have yet to announce committee chairs.


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