|Colorado House of Representatives District 36|
|January 14, 2015|
|Years in position||4|
|Per diem||$45/day in Denver area, $183/day outside|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||Four consecutive terms|
|Bachelor's||University of Denver, 1967|
|Birthday||May 11, 1945|
|Place of birth||Hastings, NE|
Ryden is involved in a number of organizations, including serving as Communications Chair for the Rotary Club of Denver, Board Member of the Rotary Club of Denver Foundation, and member of Women Impacting Public Policy, Institute of International Education, and Leadership Aurora.
Ryden provided answers to the Colorado State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test provides voters with how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected. When asked her legislative priorities she listed them as:
- "Education--encourage and enhance local districts' innovative programs, including art and music in the schools"
- "Health Care--provide universal healthcare via a multi-payer system"
- "Economic Development--promote alternative energy resources, tourism (including film production), bioscience and aerospace"
Training judges in business
Lat in the 2011 session, lawmakers in the House Judiciary Committee an effort to train judges on business matters. The proposed program will be funded with excess fees collected by the Secretary of State’s Office from Colorado businesses.
House Bill 1302, by Rep. Waller authorizes the Secretary of State’s Office to spend $500,000 to administer the program, designed and delivered by the judiciary branch, to train judges in handling business issues.
Mark Waller said the bill concentrates on efficiency that would benefit all who are a party to litigation involving business matters.
“It’s a win-win for everyone involved,” said Waller. “It enables the judiciary to more effectively deal with these cases and deal with other issues that they also deal with.”
Some members were concerned with the bill having a nexus to the secretary of state, suggesting that it should reside wholly within the judiciary branch.
“It feels messy to have two separate branches of government working on the same thing,” said Rep. Su Ryden.
Rep. Daniel Kagan voted in favor of the bill but expressed concern as well over the secretary of state’s involvement in the program.
“What the secretary of state giveth the secretary of state can take away,” said Kagan. “Having a politically controlled office funding the program is probably not a good idea.”
Ryden's sponsored legislation includes:
- HB 09-1224 - No Gender Individual Health Ins Rates
- HB 09-1273 - Health Care For Colorado
- HB 09-1342 - Eliminate Cigarette Sales Tax Exemption
For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Ryden served on the following committees:
|Colorado Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• State, Veterans, and Military Affairs, Chair|
|• Business, Labor, Economic, and Workforce Development|
|• Legislative Audit|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Ryden served on these committees:
|Colorado Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Ryden served on these committees:
|Colorado Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Agriculture and Natural Resources|
|• Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources|
|• Joint Judiciary|
Ryden won re-election in the 2012 election for Colorado House of Representatives District 36. She ran unopposed in the June 26, 2012, Democratic primary. She defeated Jim Parker (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|Colorado House of Representatives, District 36, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Su Ryden Incumbent||57.7%||17,577|
|Republican||James W. Parker, III||38.2%||11,636|
Ryden ran for re-election to the 36th District seat in 2010. She had no opposition in the August 10 primary. Ryden defeated Gary Marshall (R) in the November 2 general election.
|Colorado House of Representatives, District 36 General election (2010)|
|Su Ryden (D)||10,783|
|Gary Marshall (R)||8,580|
Ryden raised $70,399 for her campaign, while Green raised $25,124.
|Colorado State House, District 36 (2008)|
|Su Ryden (D)||16,878|
|Kathy Green (R)||11,398|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, Ryden raised $42,919 in contributions. 
Her four largest contributors were:
|House Majority Project State Democratic House Campaign Fund||$4,875|
|Colorado Education Association||$4,250|
|Service Employees International Local 105||$3,500|
|Colorado Professional Fire Fighters||$2,000|
Below are Ryden's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:
|CO Democratic Party House Majority Project||$13,000|
|Food & Commercial Workers Local 7||$4,250|
|CO Professional Fire Fighters||$4,000|
|Service Employees Local 105||$4,000|
|CO Education Assoc||$3,125|
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- Su Ryden's personal website
- Colorado House of Representatives - Rep. Su Ryden
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Project Vote Smart bio
- Campaign Contributions: 2010, 2008
- Su Ryden on LinkedIn
- ↑ Project Vote Smart - Rep. Ryden
- ↑ Project Vote Smart - Rep. Ryden Issue Positions
- ↑ "Businesses would get an ear on the bench under pending bill," Colorado News Agency, Apr 26th, 2011
- ↑ Colorado Secretary of State, - 2012 Primary Candidate List
- ↑ Colorado Secretary of State, Official Primary Election Results
- ↑ 2008 general election results, Colorado
- ↑ Colorado House spending, 2008
- ↑ 2010 contributions
- ↑ Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
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