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The Senator

Originally from Chicago, Senator Gail Schwartz fell in love with Colorado at the age of 13 while on the top of Longs Peak. She earned a Bachelors of Science in Marketing from the University of Colorado School of Business in 1971. She is also a graduate of the Harvard University Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program, the Council of State Governments Legislative Academy, and the Legislative Energy Horizon Institute of the University of Idaho. Prior to her career in public service, Gail served as a corporate officer of Sno-engineering, Inc., of Aspen, CO and Franconia, NH, where she was responsible for resort/community planning and development throughout North America, directing targeted market research, economic studies and financial analysis. She subsequently served as Acting Director and Director of Development for the Aspen/Pitkin County Housing Authority, where she was responsible for planning and developing nearly 800 affordable housing units over a four year period.

In 1995, Governor Roy Romer appointed Gail to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education representing Western Colorado. In 2000, Gail was elected to the University of Colorado Board Of Regents from the 3rd Congressional District, where she served for six years, including two years as Vice Chair. Among the Board of Regents many accomplishments during her tenure was the approval and development of the Fitzsimons/Anschutz Medical Campus and the relocation of the CU Medical School.

In 2006, Gail was elected to the Colorado State Senate from the eleven counties of Senate District 5, including Pitkin, Gunnison, Chaffee, Delta, Alamosa, Costilla, Conejos, Rio Grande, Mineral, Saguache, and Hinsdale counties. Gail was re-elected for a final four-year term in 2010,  during which time, as a result of reapportionment, she also represented Eagle and Lake counties.

For the past two years, Senator Schwartz has served as the Senate Majority Caucus Whip, as Chair of the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee, as Chair of the Capital Development Committee, as Chair of the Water Resources Review Committee, and as a member of the Senate Local Government Committee and the Business, Labor and Technology Committee. She holds a variety of state  board appointments, including to the Colorado Tourism Board, the State Internet Portal Authority Board, and the Interbasin Compact Committee.

Senator Schwartz and her husband, Alan, currently reside in Crested Butte. As a resident of the Roaring Fork Valley and the Western Slope for over forty years, Senator Schwartz has dedicated herself to making Western Colorado the best possible place to live, work, raise a family, and educate our children. She is committed to preserving Colorado’s majestic environment, while protecting its water, natural resources, and agricultural economy. She has a distinguished legislative record promoting energy diversification, local renewable energy generation and efficiency, and expanding Colorado’s energy portfolio.

Sen. Schwartz has long been a champion of rural Colorado and is deeply committed to ensuring equitable access and opportunity for its rural citizens and communities to quality education and health care, economic development, rural broadband and infrastructure development. One of her proudest legislative accomplishments was the passage of the Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) program which has funded $1B of new K-12 schools throughout rural Colorado.

 

Current and Former Appointments

  • Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee, Chair
  • Local Government Committee, Member
  • Capital Development Committee, Chair
  • Water Resources Review Interim Committee, Chair
  • Colorado Tourism Board, and Heritage Tourism Board Member
  • Colorado Foundation for Water Education, Member
  • InterBasin Compact Committee (IBCC), Legislative Representative
  • Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Oversight Committee, Chair
  • Joint Select Committee Appointments: Redistricting, Severence Tax, Economic Development, and Health Care
  • National Council of State Legislatures (NCSL) Energy Supply Taskforce, Member
  • National Council of State Legislatures (NCSL) Environment Committee, Vice Chair
  • Council of State Governments (CSG) WestTrends Board, Member
  • Council of State Governments (CSG) West  – Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Chair
  • Council of State Governments (CSG) Executive Committee
  • Joint Select Committee on the Implementation of Amendment 64 Taskforce
  • Green Jobs Advisory Council, Member
  • Energy Council Executive Committee, Member
  • CollegeInvest, Member
  • Colorado Early Learning Opportunities Commission, Member
  • Council of State Governments (CSG) West  – Energy and Public Lands Committee, Member
  • Veterans Green Jobs, former board member
  • Aspen Education Foundation
  • Aspen Community Foundation
  • Rotary Club of Aspen
  • El Pomar Regional Council

Awards

  • 2006 Distinguished Service – University of Colorado Community
  • 2007 Legislator of the Year- Independent Bankers of Colorado
  • 2007 Resolution of Appreciation – University of Colorado Board of Regents
  • 2009 Legislator of the Year – Rocky Mountain Farmers Union
  • 2010 Legislator of the Year – Rocky Mountain Farmers Union
  • 2011 Colorado Petroleum Association Award
  • 2012  League of Women Voters Chaffee County
  • 2012 Legislative Energy Horizon Institute Energy Policy Planning Program – University of Idaho
  • 2012 Legislator of the Year Award- Colorado Association of Conservation District
  • 2012 Acequia Advocate Award- Sangre de Cristo Acequia Association
  • 2012 Veterans Green Jobs Award
  • 2013 Choice Award- Choose Outdoors
  • 2013 Randy Udall Award – Colorado Renewable Energy Society
  • 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award – Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association
  • 2014 Johnson-Theos Bridge Builder Award – Club 20
  • 2014 Friend of Colorado Agricultural Council
  • 2014 Geological Heritage Award for Legislators- American Institute of Professional Geologists

Contact

Gail Sheridan Schwartz
Post Office 1209, Crested Butte, CO 81224

 


The Senator

Originally from Chicago, Senator Gail Schwartz fell in love with Colorado at the age of 13 while on the top of Longs Peak. She earned a Bachelors of Science in Marketing from the University of Colorado School of Business in 1971. She is also a graduate of the Harvard University Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program, the Council of State Governments Legislative Academy, and the Legislative Energy Horizon Institute of the University of Idaho. Prior to her career in public service, Gail served as a corporate officer of Sno-engineering, Inc., of Aspen, CO and Franconia, NH, where she was responsible for resort/community planning and development throughout North America, directing targeted market research, economic studies and financial analysis. She subsequently served as Acting Director and Director of Development for the Aspen/Pitkin County Housing Authority, where she was responsible for planning and developing nearly 800 affordable housing units over a four year period.

In 1995, Governor Roy Romer appointed Gail to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education representing Western Colorado. In 2000, Gail was elected to the University of Colorado Board Of Regents from the 3rd Congressional District, where she served for six years, including two years as Vice Chair. Among the Board of Regents many accomplishments during her tenure was the approval and development of the Fitzsimons/Anschutz Medical Campus and the relocation of the CU Medical School.

In 2006, Gail was elected to the Colorado State Senate from the eleven counties of Senate District 5, including Pitkin, Gunnison, Chaffee, Delta, Alamosa, Costilla, Conejos, Rio Grande, Mineral, Saguache, and Hinsdale counties. Gail was re-elected for a final four-year term in 2010,  during which time, as a result of reapportionment, she also represented Eagle and Lake counties.

For the past two years, Senator Schwartz has served as the Senate Majority Caucus Whip, as Chair of the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee, as Chair of the Capital Development Committee, as Chair of the Water Resources Review Committee, and as a member of the Senate Local Government Committee and the Business, Labor and Technology Committee. She holds a variety of state  board appointments, including to the Colorado Tourism Board, the State Internet Portal Authority Board, and the Interbasin Compact Committee.

Senator Schwartz and her husband, Alan, currently reside in Crested Butte. As a resident of the Roaring Fork Valley and the Western Slope for over forty years, Senator Schwartz has dedicated herself to making Western Colorado the best possible place to live, work, raise a family, and educate our children. She is committed to preserving Colorado’s majestic environment, while protecting its water, natural resources, and agricultural economy. She has a distinguished legislative record promoting energy diversification, local renewable energy generation and efficiency, and expanding Colorado’s energy portfolio.

Sen. Schwartz has long been a champion of rural Colorado and is deeply committed to ensuring equitable access and opportunity for its rural citizens and communities to quality education and health care, economic development, rural broadband and infrastructure development. One of her proudest legislative accomplishments was the passage of the Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) program which has funded $1B of new K-12 schools throughout rural Colorado.

 

Current and Former Appointments

  • Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee, Chair
  • Local Government Committee, Member
  • Capital Development Committee, Chair
  • Water Resources Review Interim Committee, Chair
  • Colorado Tourism Board, and Heritage Tourism Board Member
  • Colorado Foundation for Water Education, Member
  • InterBasin Compact Committee (IBCC), Legislative Representative
  • Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Oversight Committee, Chair
  • Joint Select Committee Appointments: Redistricting, Severence Tax, Economic Development, and Health Care
  • National Council of State Legislatures (NCSL) Energy Supply Taskforce, Member
  • National Council of State Legislatures (NCSL) Environment Committee, Vice Chair
  • Council of State Governments (CSG) WestTrends Board, Member
  • Council of State Governments (CSG) West  – Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Chair
  • Council of State Governments (CSG) Executive Committee
  • Joint Select Committee on the Implementation of Amendment 64 Taskforce
  • Green Jobs Advisory Council, Member
  • Energy Council Executive Committee, Member
  • CollegeInvest, Member
  • Colorado Early Learning Opportunities Commission, Member
  • Council of State Governments (CSG) West  – Energy and Public Lands Committee, Member
  • Veterans Green Jobs, former board member
  • Aspen Education Foundation
  • Aspen Community Foundation
  • Rotary Club of Aspen
  • El Pomar Regional Council

Awards

  • 2006 Distinguished Service – University of Colorado Community
  • 2007 Legislator of the Year- Independent Bankers of Colorado
  • 2007 Resolution of Appreciation – University of Colorado Board of Regents
  • 2009 Legislator of the Year – Rocky Mountain Farmers Union
  • 2010 Legislator of the Year – Rocky Mountain Farmers Union
  • 2011 Colorado Petroleum Association Award
  • 2012  League of Women Voters Chaffee County
  • 2012 Legislative Energy Horizon Institute Energy Policy Planning Program – University of Idaho
  • 2012 Legislator of the Year Award- Colorado Association of Conservation District
  • 2012 Acequia Advocate Award- Sangre de Cristo Acequia Association
  • 2012 Veterans Green Jobs Award
  • 2013 Choice Award- Choose Outdoors
  • 2013 Randy Udall Award – Colorado Renewable Energy Society
  • 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award – Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association
  • 2014 Johnson-Theos Bridge Builder Award – Club 20
  • 2014 Friend of Colorado Agricultural Council
  • 2014 Geological Heritage Award for Legislators- American Institute of Professional Geologists

Contact

Gail Sheridan Schwartz
Post Office 1209, Crested Butte, CO 81224