Millie Hamner represents House District 61 at the Colorado Legislature, which includes Pitkin, Lake and Summit counties and parts of Delta and Gunnison counties. She currently serves as chairwoman of the Joint Budget Committee, a six-member group charged with drafting the state’s annual budget bill. The 2018-19 budget cycle will be her second stint leading the committee. Since 2014, she has helped lead the JBC toward the bipartisan crafting the nearly $28 billion state budget. She also serves as vice chair of the House Appropriations Committee.
Before being appointed to the JBC in fall of 2014, Rep. Hamner served as chairwoman of the House Education Committee. She has continued to be very involved in education policy, carrying various pieces of education and school finance related legislation, and currently serves on the Education Leadership Council and the Interim Committee on School Finance. Her passion for education stems from over 35 years of work as a teacher and administrator in Eagle and Summit counties, including six years as Superintendent of Summit School District.
When Representative Hamner is not hard at work at the Legislature, she and her husband Rich spend much of their time enjoying the outdoors, both within her district and throughout Colorado, though she maintains that House District 61 is the most beautiful in the state.
Rep. Hamner earned her Ph.D. in curriculum and leadership from the University of Denver in 1996. As an adjunct professor at both Adams State College and the University of Denver, she was involved in the planning and delivery of advanced degree programs for teachers and school administrators throughout Colorado.
Testimonial videos courtesy of David J. Jacobson, Words & Pictures.
Dave Knutson, Vice-President, Grand Mesa Nordic Council
“Friend to the North Fork Valley”
Elaine Brett, President, Friends of the Paradise Theater, 2013 Citizen of the Year
“Supporter of the Cottage Foods Act”
Monica Wiitanen, Business Owner, Beyond Bread, Paonia, CO
“Advocate of Small Farms”
Scott Horner, Business Owner, Small Potatoes Farms, Paonia, CO