Sue Schafer, a state legislator representing House District 24 since 2009, is a career educator, small business owner, mother, and grand-mother, and has worked as an educational consultant to improve low-performing schools. Her diverse professional background in both the public and private sectors enables her to understand the needs and hopes of all Colorado citizens.
Born in Portland, Maine of working-class parents, Sue was raised with three core American values: work hard, attain excellent education, and give back to the community. Sue’s father was a WWII veteran and her mother was a school secretary. Although her parents never had a college education nor owned a home, they insisted that Sue work nights and weekends at the local telephone company so she could attend college and reach her potential.
Sue’s career has included teaching social studies and French in the Denver Public Schools, counseling high school and community college students for academics and employment in the Omaha Public Schools and Skagit Valley Community College in Mt. Vernon, Washington, and serving as the curriculum director and accreditation manager at the Colorado Department of Education for twenty years. Sue has also been joint owner of a physicians' medical practice, a wheat farm, and an educational consulting firm.
As the mother of two married daughters who graduated from the University of Colorado, Sue is passionate about guiding and protecting children, providing them with quality health care, and helping them plan careers, buy a home, and invest for a secure retirement. Sue lives with her life partner of twenty years and their rescued dog and cat.
Sue serves as a volunteer and advocate for many causes: West Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise Wheat Ridge, League of Women Voters, Human Rights Campaign, and the Wheat Ridge Congregational Church.
Sue will continue to use her experience and skills to improve the educational, economic, environmental, and health care opportunities for all Colorado citizens. Sue has proved that she is “of the people, by the people, and for the people”! (A. Lincoln)
With her rescued dog.
With Grand-daughter Audrey
♦ B.S. Social Studies and French
University of Nebraska
♦ M.A. Counseling
University of Colorado at Boulder
♦ Principal’s License
Colorado State University
♦ Ed.D. Curriculum
University of Northern Colorado
Legislator, Colorado House of Representatives; Elected 2008, 2010
Committes Served: Local Government, Education, and Health & Environment
Co-Chair of the House Bipartisan Economic Development Committee
Public School Teacher and State Curriculum Director
Small Business Owner
Chair and Captain in House District 24 for Eight Years
Legislative Intern, Colorado House of Representatives, 2006
Grandmother and Mother of Two Married Daughters, both Graduates of CU
2013 Elected Official of the Year, Seniors Resource Center and Jefferson County on Aging
2012 Economic Development Council of Colorado Legislator of the Year
2010 Public Health Champion Award, Jefferson County Public Health Department
2009 Distinguished Service Award, Colorado Women's Bar, 2009
2009 Outstanding Lawmaker, Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce and the Denver Women's Commission
100% Approval 2009 from Environment Colorado and the Colorado Conservation Voters
First woman appointed to the Executive Board of the Colorado High School Activities Association which supervises statewide extra-curricular activities and athletics
Winner of the Contribution Award from the Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers
Order of Kentucky Colonels Leadership Award
Distinguished Service Award from the Colorado Art Education Association
Missy Franklin, Olympic and World Championship Gold Medalist, visits the House.
Contact Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org Committee to Elect Sue Schafer, Roger Egerdahl, Treasurer Copyright 2013