Deep roots in Colorado…her grandparents owned and farmed the land that became Lowry Air Force base.
Judy’s mother was a high school English teacher, her father was a Physical Education, Health, and Industrial Arts (wood shop) teacher, and a high school basketball coach who was inducted into the Kansas Basketball Hall of Fame. They raised four children…Joe, Judy, Jeanne, John on teacher salaries. Judy graduated from Kansas State Teachers College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education.
She earned a Master’s degree from University of Colorado at Denver in Education and taught fifth and sixth graders at Erie Elementary for 29 years.
She’s been happily married to husband, Manuel, for 40 years. They have two children and two stepsons as well as five grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Their son, Lucas, served four years with the 82nd Airborne Division of the US Army in Afghanistan. Their daughter, Jennifer, bilingual in Spanish, taught English at the University in Cuzco, Peru.
Former Meals on Wheels volunteer
Member of Colorado Education Association & the National Education Association
Member of the Sierra Club
Member of the Union of Concerned Scientists
Served as Vice-Chair of the House Education Committee
Served on the House Agriculture, Livestock, and Natural Resources Committee
Served on the House Appropriations Committee
Chairwoman of the Select Committee on Strategic Renewable Energy
Served on the Early Childhood Leadership Commission
Served on the Oversight Commission on the Continuing Examination of the Treatment of Persons with Mental Illness who are Involved in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice System
Served on the Select Committee for Job Creation and Economic Development
Colorado Recycling Association Legislator of the Year
AFL-CIO Working Families Award
CEA Friend of Education Award
United Veterans Association Legislator of the Year Award
Colorado Association for the Education of Young Children Award
Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Legislator of the Year Award