Dear Friends and Constituents in House District 36,
It has truly been an honor to serve you in the Colorado General Assembly the past 8 years. As I re-enter civilian life, I take with me many fond memories of working with you to make Colorado a better place for everyone.
House District 36 is in good hands with our newly elected State Rep. Mike Weissman. He stands ready to serve you and I know he will do an excellent job.
State Rep. (Ret.) Su Ryden
We collected over 300 pounds of food and $200 in donations
to the Food Bank of the Rockies
at our 8th Annual
Holiday Food Drive
Plans underway for completion of the
Fitzsimons State Veterans Community Living Center
Ryden bill directs Dept. of Human Services to move forward on project planned since 1998.
Gov. John Hickenlooper visited the Fitzsimons State Veterans Nursing Home to sign HB16-1397 which directs the State to complete the full range of housing promised to our veterans almost 20 years ago. An advisory committee has been named to help direct the planning and design for the new facilities. Construction is slated to begin in 2018.
K9 Protection Act Now Law
Hick Signs Ryden Bill to Strengthen Punishment for Harming Law Enforcement Animals
(June 10) – Earlier this week, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the K9 Protection Act, a bill by Rep. Su Ryden, D-Aurora, to stiffen financial penalties for purposely harming certified police-working dogs. The new law will allow a person to be held responsible for restitution that includes training and certification costs in addition to any veterinary bills and replacement costs of the animal if the dog is disabled or killed as a result of the incident. Training police dogs is very expensive, costing as much as $20,000.
“We all know how important it is for our law enforcement officers to have the right tools for every situation and dogs are an integral part of their work,” said Rep. Ryden, D-Aurora. “This law will hold responsible any person who intentionally causes harm to these animals.”
HB16-1348 was signed on Monday, June 6.
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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.