Rep. Janet Buckner
Janet P. Buckner is in her second term representing House District 40 in southern Aurora. She is vice chairwoman of the Education Committee and sits on the Health, Insurance & Environment Committee.
In 2017 Rep. Buckner sponsored four significant bills to: allow parents to take unpaid time off from work to attend their children’s parent-teacher conferences and other academic events; establish the Colorado Secure Savings Plan to allow Colorado workers to conveniently save a portion of their earnings for retirement; halt life-changing expulsions of young children from preschool through second grade; and require background checks for doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers authorized to prescribe controlled substances. Rep. Buckner also successfully passed a bill to renew and expand the organ donation and awareness program in Colorado.
In the 2016 session, her first, Rep. Buckner hit the ground running with a bill to ensure that companies that contract with the state guarantee that their employees receive equal pay for equal work, then followed with the original version of her parental involvement bill. The two bills were deemed so important that the former Speaker of the House, Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, made them the first bills formally introduced in the session.
Rep. Buckner was elected handily in 2016 after being appointed in June 2015 to serve the remainder of the term of her husband, John, who died during his second term.
The new Rep. Buckner retired in 2007 after more than three decades in medical sales, training doctors and other hospital personnel as well as other sales representatives. Early in her career she worked for several years as a speech and language therapist.
She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind.
Rep. Buckner has lived in Aurora since 1975. She has twin daughters, Joy and Jennifer, a son, Jay, and three granddaughters. In her spare time she likes to garden.