|Colorado State Senate District 20|
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Keller was a member of Wheat Ridge City Council from 1983 to 1989. She then served in the Colorado State House of Representatives from 1992 to 2000.
Keller earned her BS from Buffalo State College in 1971. She went on to receive her MA from Canisius College in 1972.
Keller worked as a Special Education Teacher/Interpreter for Jefferson County R-1 Schools from 1978 to 2002.
- See also: Colorado State Senate elections, 2010
Keller was ineligible to run for re-election in 2010 due to Colorado's term limits.
Keller raised $126,062 for her campaign, while Sargent raised $41,657.
|Colorado State Senate, District 20 (2006)|
|Maryanne Keller (D)||23,925|
|Dick Sargent (R)||18,079|
In 2006, Keller collected $126,062 in donations.
Her five largest contributors in 2006 were:
|Democratic Senate Campaign Fund||$15,000|
|Jefferson County Education Association||$4,000|
|Colorado State Conference Of Electrical Workers||$4,000|
|Food & Commercial Workers Local 7||$4,000|
|Service Employees Local 105||$3,500|
Keller and her husband, Stephen, have two children.
Because Colorado puts a term limit on its lawmakers, Keller is forced to retire at the end of the year. Colorado News Agency asked her some end-of-term questions about her time in the legislature.
She said the realities of 2010 foreclosed on keeping programs in which she believed intact and she was one of a handful of key decision makers who wound up determining their fate on the Joint Budget Committee.
"I found in 2008 and 2009 that I had to cut programs that I believed in," said the veteran lawmaker from Wheat Ridge. "That was stressful. I really tried hard to protect both developmental disabilities and mental health from the majority of the cuts, but they took some hits. I had to look at the entire budget, and it has to balance in the end, and that became the priority for me."
Years ago, Keller served in the House advocating for mental health issues, the developmentally disabled and child welfare. It was also personal for Keller, who has a sibling with schizophrenia.
"I know what it does to the person and I know what it does to the family," said Keller. "In 1997, when Marcy Morrison carried the first parity law (for mental illness) schizophrenia was included and I jumped on it and co-sponsored."
Morrison left the legislature after that term and Keller made a vow to keep the momentum going surrounding mental health issues.
"I just decided, that’s going to be my mission," said Keller "And it has been ever since."
In 2004 Keller, at the urging of her peers, and, says Keller, with considerable hesitancy on her part, was installed by a vote of her Democratic caucus as a member of the Joint Budget Committee. Being on the time-consuming committee required a shift in priorities for Keller, dictating that her focus be realigned from legislation in general to the budget.
"At the end of the day, you have to have the constitutional requirement of having the balancing of the budget fulfilled," said Keller. "There’s a difference between working on a bill with a narrow focus and working on the budget with a much larger focus."
Keller says distributing $7.8 billion is not as easy as most would think, especially when expenditures far outpace revenue as they have in recent years.
- Sen. Keller's personal website
- Official Colorado State Senate website of Senator Maryanne Keller
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Project Vote Smart biography of Senator Maryanne Keller
- Campaign Contributions: 2008 2006 2004 2002
- Sen. Keller on State Surge
- Colorado election results
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