(April 28) – Rep. John Buckner announced today that he will be taking leave for the remainder of the 2015 legislative session, which ends on May 6, to proactively address health concerns.

Rep. Buckner, D-Aurora, sent the following statement to Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, who read it to the chamber this morning:

“I am sure by now many of you have noticed that I have been absent from the legislature this past week. While I am sure some of you are relieved to get a break from me, don’t think for a moment that you’ve run me off!”

“I want everyone to know that I am doing well, however, at the recommendation of my physician, I’ll need to extend my leave from the legislature through the end of the session. As much as it disappoints me not to be there to represent House District 40, this time away is helping to keep me from taking a step backwards.”

Rep. Buckner is chairman of the House Education Committee, where he has been instrumental in streamlining assessments in Colorado public schools and helping rural school districts devote more time to education in their classrooms. In his absence, Rep. Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood, will act as chairwoman of the Education Committee.

Speaker Hullinghorst appointed Rep. Millie Hamner, D-Dillon, to the Education Committee and Rep. KC Becker, D-Boulder, to Rep. Buckner’s other committee seat, Judiciary, for the remainder of the session.

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