(Nov. 19) – Speaker-designate Dickey Lee Hullinghorst appointed Reps. Millie Hamner (D-Dillon) and Dave Young (D-Greeley) today to the powerful Joint Budget Committee, which is already in the initial phases of drawing up the state budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year.
“Millie and Dave are two of the most intelligent, hardest-working, most dedicated people I have ever known,” said Speaker-designate Hullinghorst (D-Boulder). “I am very confident that they will thrive under the heavy demands of JBC service. Their record of bipartisanship and their Western Slope and Northern Colorado perspectives will help assure that the state budget supports all areas of Colorado.”
When they report for duty Dec. 1, Reps. Young and Hamner will occupy the two House majority seats on the six-member JBC. They fill vacancies that occurred when Rep. Crisanta Duran (D-Denver), the JBC chairwoman for the 2014 session, was elected House majority leader and Rep. Jenise May (D-Aurora) lost her re-election bid in the closest of all the races for the House of Representatives this year.
“I’m grateful for the trust the new speaker has placed in me,” Rep. Young said. “I’ve spent my time in the legislature working across the aisle to boost the economic security of all Coloradans, and I’m looking forward to continuing that work on the JBC.”
“This is truly a great honor,” Rep. Hamner said. “I have emphasized bipartisanship throughout my legislative career, and I plan to put my experience to good use in an evenly divided JBC.”
The two new members will join Sen. Kent Lambert (R-Colorado Springs), the JBC chairman for 2015, and Sens. Pat Steadman (D-Denver) and Kevin Grantham (R-Canon City) and Rep. Bob Rankin (R-Carbondale). One of the two new members will become vice chair and, because the JBC chair alternates annually between the House and Senate, will be in line to be chair in 2016.
As a former schools superintendent, Rep. Hamner is familiar with managing budgets. And as chairwoman of the House Education Committee in 2013 and 2014, she has a detailed understanding of the largest single category of general fund spending. During the 2014 session Rep. Hamner sponsored the Student Success Act and the annual School Finance Act, which boosted the state’s investment in K-12 education by nearly $500 million.
Rep. Hamner represents House District 61, which includes Summit, Lake and Pitkin counties and parts of Delta and Gunnison counties. She begins her third term in 2015.
Rep. Hamner was superintendent of the Summit School District and its 3,000 students from 2004 to 2010. Before that she was a teacher and administrator in the Eagle County School District for 23 years. She has a Ph.D. in education from the University of Denver.
Rep. Young also has an education background, having taught math and technology in the Greeley Weld 6 School District for a quarter century. He was also a senior instructor for the Information and Learning Technologies program at the University of Colorado Denver.
Rep. Young has represented House District 50 in Greeley, Evans and Garden City since 2011, focusing his legislative agenda on bolstering the state’s economy and improving its health care system. He is vice chairman of the Public Health Care & Human Services Committee and was co-chairman of the Flood Disaster Study Committee, a fully bipartisan panel formed in 2013 to help communities recover and rebuild from the historic floods that occurred in September of that year.
Rep. Young has a master’s degree in information and learning technologies from CU Denver and an undergraduate degree from Colorado State University.