Rep. Millie Hamner, D-Dillon
Rep. Millie Hamner is beginning her fourth and final two-year term in the House. She represents District 61, which includes Pitkin, Lake and Summit counties and parts of Delta and Gunnison counties.
Rep. Hamner is the House Democrats’ leading budget expert, currently serving as vice chairwoman of the Joint Budget Committee, the powerful six-member group that drafts the state budget every year. The leadership of the JBC rotates annually between the majority members of the House and Senate, and Rep. Hamner will become chairwoman for a second time in the 2017-18 budget-writing season. During her first turn as chairwoman, in the 2015-16 budget season, she helped to engineer a state budget that avoided most of the budget cuts proposed by Gov. John Hickenlooper, most notably preserving state spending on K-12 education and higher education and averting cuts in payment rates for medical providers.
She also serves as vice chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee.
Before being appointed to the JBC, Rep. Hamner was chairwoman of the Education Committee, where she drew on her long career as a teacher and school district administrator. From 2004 to 2010, Rep. Hamner was superintendent of the Summit School District and its 3,000 students. She joined the Summit district in 2001 as assistant superintendent after serving 23 years as a teacher and administrator in the Eagle County School District.
She has also been a strong advocate for her mountain district, passing legislation to install a fire suppression system in the Eisenhower and Johnson tunnels, which are the economic windpipe of the Western Slope. She has also been a driver for other improvements on the traffic-plagued Interstate 70 Mountain Corridor.
She has a Ph.D in Curriculum and Leadership from the University of Denver. As an adjunct professor for both Adams State College and the University of Denver, she was involved with 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.
She lives in Dillon with her husband, Rich.