Rep. Joann Ginal, D-Fort Collins
A bioscientist, healthcare professional, leader and longtime Fort Collins resident, Dr. Joann Ginal is in her second term representing House District 52, which includes eastern and central Fort Collins and parts of unincorporated Larimer County. Rep. Ginal sits on three committees in the House: Health, Insurance & Environment, where she is vice chairwoman; Public Health Care & Human Services; and Transportation & Energy.
Much of Rep. Ginal’s legislative activity has been devoted to public health issues. In the 2016 session she sponsored a new law prohibiting the production and sale of marijuana edibles that resemble gummy vitamins or in other shapes attractive to children. In 2014 she sponsored a health data analysis for communities along the Front Range to measure local health impacts from the oil and gas industry. A bill to regulate naturopathic doctors in Colorado had failed for 22 years before Rep. Ginal’s legislation passed in 2013.
Among her other bills was one to create uniform standards for prior authorization of prescription medication, saving health care providers significant time and money and ultimately reducing costs for consumers. Rep. Ginal has also championed legislation to allow terminally ill patients to make the decision to end their own suffering.
Before joining the legislature, Rep. Ginal worked in the biological and medical fields for more than 20 years as a scientist with a focus in pharmacology, in research and most recently as a medical liaison in medical affairs for various pharmaceutical companies. Previously she was a professor of biology at Florida Institute of Technology and held other teaching positions at Iowa State University, spending some of her spare time as a biologist guide on eco-tour trips down the Amazon River, through Peru, Columbia and Brazil; and on photo safaris in Kenya and Tanzania.
She has been an active member of the Fort Collins community, serving a total of 16 years on the City of Fort Collins Commission on the Status of Women and the Human Relations Commission. She is a master naturalist for the City of Fort Collins and cares deeply about preserving the special places that make Colorado a nationally recognized place to raise a family, retire, buy a home, start a business or receive an excellent education.
She earned a Ph.D in reproductive endocrinology from the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University, a master's degree in zoology from Iowa State University and a bachelor's in biology from the University of New Hampshire.
Rep. Ginal was raised in a working-class family. Her father was a police officer for more than 25 years. Her mother stayed at home, raised three children and was a dedicated community volunteer. Her parents taught her the values of honesty, hard work, and the importance of giving back.
In her spare time, Rep. Ginal loves being outdoors. She enjoys backcountry hiking in Colorado, Utah and Arizona. She skis and snowshoes in the winter and likes to ride her motorcycle in the summer. Her best friend Alex is a rescue dog from the Larimer County Humane Society.