Hon. Robert McDonald, Secretary of the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs (left) and Frank McCurdy, President of the United Veterans Committee (right).
I am beyond humbled to have been given the Distinguished Legislator Award for a second time by the United Veterans Committee of Colorado! I would just like to thank all the veterans who have sacrificed so much for our country. It has been my pleasure to serve you as a State Rep.
I am so incredibly proud to have been named this year’s Woman of the Year by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce!
State Rep. Su Ryden selected as
2016 Woman of the Year
by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce
State Representative Su Ryden, D-Aurora, has been chosen as the 2016 Woman of the Year by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce. Rep. Ryden was recognized for her long-time dedication contributions to the business community and the community as a whole at The Chamber’s annual dinner this past Friday, March 25.
Kevin Hougen, President and CEO of The Chamber said, “Su has consistently advocated for small businesses in Aurora, both as a business owner and now as a legislator. Several members nominated Su for passing the bill that resulted in the 2015 Report on the Comprehensive Military Value and Economic Impact of Department of Defense Activities in Colorado.”
When asked about the award, Rep. Ryden said, “It is a tremendous honor to have been selected as the Aurora Chamber’s Woman of the Year. Since the economic crisis that started in 2008, I have supported numerous bills that have contributed to creating good, high paying jobs throughout Colorado.”
As a small business owner and consistent advocate for small businesses in Aurora, Rep. Ryden said she is particularly proud to have sponsored bills in 2013 and 2014 to ensure the continued operation and expansion of the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) throughout Colorado. PTAC gives Colorado businesses free guidance and assistance in procuring federal, state and local government contracts. Last year alone, PTAC served over 3,000 businesses that were successful bidders on over $350 million in contracts.
Rep. Ryden has also sponsored several bills to ensure the future viability of Buckley Air Force Base as a vital national security center and a major economic driver for Aurora. During the current legislative session, she is introducing bi-partisan major legislation for regulatory reform and procurement modernization, designed to level the playing field for small business.
Since being elected in 2008, Rep. Ryden has been selected by her colleagues to a number of leadership positions. Currently, she serves as the Majority Whip in the State House. She also chairs the State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee, is Vice-Chair of the Legislative Audit Committee, and serves on the Health Insurance & Environment and Health Exchange Oversight Committees. She has also been active in national legislative organizations, serving as State Director of Women in Government.
In addition to her legislative work, she owns her own advertising and public relations firm, Ryden & Associates Integrated Marketing.