Since the legislative session ended in May, I’ve kept a full schedule with many visits to my district, interim committee work, legislative conferences, and some wonderful family time. While it’s been a bittersweet transition from serving the San Luis Valley to now having the privilege of serving Eagle and Lake Counties, I am energized by the people I’ve met and look forward to serving all SD5’s interests in the upcoming session. I had the opportunity this summer to help celebrate the six newest Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) school openings – rural schools that now have modern and energy-efficient buildings that match their commitment to innovation and leadership in academic achievement. Congratulations to the Center Consolidated School, Monte Vista’s newest elementary and high school, Cedaredge elementary school, Salida’s newest high school and Crestone’s new K-12 charter school.
We are already hard at work on my legislative agenda for this session, and my priority will continue to be rural economic development with a focus on broadband, forest health, and a clean & diverse energy economy. I’m pleased to welcome my new legislative aide, Andrew Sand. Andrew has a MPA from University of Colorado Denver, where he concentrated on environmental policy, management, and law. Andrew joins our staff after completing a natural resources graduate internship with Senator Udall’s office – we’re glad to have him leading the team. Also, we say farewell to Amy Steinhoff, who has served our district as my aide for the past two years. We are very grateful to her for her hard work and will miss her. We are actively seeking interns for this upcoming session. Please contact us if you are interested.
As always, I’m committed to maintain an open and thoughtful conversation with my constituents. Please join the Senate District 5 conversation on Facebook, Twitter, the website, via phone, email, or in person. Our door is always open. Please take time to stay engaged and have your perspective heard – I work for you!
State Senator Gail Schwartz
Senate District 5