Ellen Roberts represents Colorado's 6th Senate District which includes Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, Montrose, Ouray, San Juan and San Miguel Counties.
Since being elected to office, Ellen Roberts has distinguished herself as a capable and thoughtful legislator. The Denver Post reported, “In her first term as State Representative, Ellen has been a rising star in the Colorado State House. Her non-partisan positions on issues critical to the state of Colorado and to her constituents have earned her respect from both voters and fellow lawmakers. As one legislator stated “If you want a bill passed, give it to Ellen Roberts.”
Ellen’s work ethic and ability comes as no surprise to those acquainted with Representative Roberts. As a community member in Southwest Colorado, Ellen serves on the board of directors of 1st National Bank of Durango; she is the past chairwoman of the Mercy Regional Medical Center board and is a member of a number of other local community groups. Ellen’s tremendous service to the community has come in the midst of her running a successful law practice and raising two children with her husband, Rick. Ellen’s secret to success? She listens, leads with reason and fairness and takes on the vital issues to our communities.
In November 2006, Ellen was elected as a state representative for House District 59, covering much of Southwest Colorado. In 2008, Ellen ran for re-election, unopposed. She served two years on the State House Committee of Health and Human Services. Ellen was the ranking minority member of the Judiciary Committee for her first three years, and in 2010, Ellen returned to Health and Human Services Committee as the ranking Republican member. She’s been a member of the Legislative Legal Services Committee since entering office and was appointed to the House Finance Committee in 2009. Also in Jan. 2009, Ellen was appointed by House Republican leader Rep. Mike May to serve on the special task force on Economic Recovery.
Ellen served on the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice and recently was a board member for the state organization Colorado Hospice and Palliative Care. She’s currently on the board of the Colorado Historical Society. She is the legislator co-chair of the Colorado Youth Advisory Council, a legislatively created youth advisory group to the Colorado State Legislature, which was established by a bill she carried in 2008.
In 2009, she received the Legislator of the Year 2008 award from Mental Health America of Colorado, and the Colorado Youth Corps Association’s 2008 Champion of Youth award. In the summer of 2009, Ellen was one of four U.S. state legislators invited to participate as faculty for the Middle East Partnership Initiative workshop in Algiers, Algeria. Most recently, Ellen was honored to be appointed in July, 2009, as Vice Chair of the National Conference of State Legislature’s Legislative Effectiveness Committee for 2009-2010.
Senate Committee Assignments
Health & Human Services
– Ranking Republican
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Phone: (303) 866-4884