Rep. Millie Hamner was appointed to fill a vacancy in House District 56 in 2010 and was elected to the reapportioned House District 61 in 2012. HD61 includes Summit, Lake and Pitkin counties and parts of Delta and Gunnison counties.
She is chairwoman of the House Education Committee and sits on the Business and Appropriations Committees.
Rep. Hamner sponsored the Colorado READ Act, one of the major education initiatives of 2012. The new law expands early childhood literacy programs.
In 2011 she successfully sponsored bills streamlining the license renewal process for teachers, speeding up the Department of Transportation’s timeline for recommending improvements on the traffic-plagued Interstate 70 Mountain Corridor, creating a biomass fuel program, and making new uses for forests killed by the current bark beetle infestation.
Before she joined the legislature, Rep. Hamner was superintendent of the Summit School District and its 3,000 students. She began her career in Colorado public education as a teacher and administrator in the Eagle County School District, where she taught for 23 years before being asked to become assistant superintendent of the Summit School District in 2001. She was promoted to superintendent in 2004.
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.
Rep. Hamner is committed to public service and community involvement. In addition to serving on The Summit Foundation board of trustees, she is active in the Summit County Rotary Club.