Gail Schwartz

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Gail Schwartz
Member of the Colorado Senate
from the 5th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 10, 2007
Preceded by Lewis Entz
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Alan

Gail Sheridan Schwartz[1] is a legislator in the U.S. state of Colorado. Elected to the Colorado State Senate as a Democrat in 2006, Schwartz represents Senate District 5, which covers a large section of south-central Colorado, ranging from Aspen, and Delta, Colorado through the San Luis Valley to the New Mexico border.[2]

Biography[edit]

Born and raised in Chicago, Schwartz holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of Colorado. Schwartz has worked as Director of Development, and later Acting Director for the Pitkin County Housing Authority. She has also worked as a real estate and marketing consultant and as an executive for Sno-Engineering, Inc.[1]

Schwartz was involved in education issues in the Aspen School District, including campaigning for a $4 million local bond election for technology in local schools. She received the Aspen School District's "Outstanding Service Award." She was appointed by Gov. Roy Romer to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education as a representative of the Western Slope from 1995 to 1999.[1]

In 2000, Schwartz was nominated as the Democratic candidate for the Board of Regents of the University of Colorado from Colorado's 3rd Congressional district.[3] She faced Republican incumbent Hank Anton and campaigned on increasing accessibility to higher education, particularly for the largely rural and underserved Western Slope of Colorado.[4] She was elected with roughly 51 percent of the popular vote, becoming the third Democrat on the nine-member board.[5] After being elected, Schwartz supported adding sexual orientation to the university's nondiscrimination policy.[6] Schwartz also served as vice-chair of the Board of Regents.[7]

Schwartz is married; she and her husband, Alan, an attorney, have three daughters: Brendan Ash, Aime, and Rachel.[1] Her family currently resides in Snowmass Village, Colorado.[7]

Legislative career[edit]

2006 election[edit]

In the 2006 Colorado legislative elections, Schwartz defeated incumbent Republican Lewis Entz with less than 51 percent of the popular vote. Schwartz was elected to represent Senate District 5, which includes Alamosa, Chaffee, Conejos, Costilla, Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Mineral, Pitkin, Rio Grande, and Saguache Counties.[2]

2007 legislative session[edit]

In the 2007 session of the General Assembly, Schwartz was vice-chair of the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources & Energy Committee, vice-chair of the Senate Local Government Committee, and sat on the Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee.[8]

Following the regular session, Schwartz chaired the legislature's interim committee on allocation of severance tax and federal mineral lease revenues[9] and served on the Water Resources Review Committee.[10]

2008 legislative session[edit]

In the 2008 session of the General Assembly, Schwartz serves as vice-chair of the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources & Energy Committee, vice-chair of the Senate Local Government Committee, and sits on the Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee and the Legislative Audit Committee.[11]

During the 2008 session, Schwartz sponsored legislation to require Colorado's chief information officer to map broadband internet access in Colorado,[12] and legislation to require greater public disclosure about prospective mining activities.[13] In total, Schwartz sponsored 16 House and Senate bills, 14 of which were passed into law.[14]

2009 legislative session[edit]

Following the legislative session, Schwartz was appointed to a seat on the legislature's Capital Development Committee, replacing term-limited Sen. Sue Windels.[15] For the 2009 session of the Colorado General Assembly, she was named chair of the Senate Local Government and Energy Committee[16] and a member of the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.[17]

Schwartz voted yes for Senate Bill 170 would have allowed students who are in the country illegally and who have graduated from Colorado high schools to pay in-state tuition plus the cost of a state stipend that other Colorado students receive. The bill was rejected.

In November 2008, Schwartz was named chair of a special legislative Committee on Job Creation and Economic Growth, tasked with developing recommendations on bolstering Colorado's economy before the 2009 legislative session.[18][19] The committee developed some 30 proposals, ranging from public works projects to tax incentives, designed to spur job creation in Colorado, for consideration during the 2009 legislative session.[20]

Schwartz was one of a handful of Colorado legislators who attended the January 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama in person.[21]

Schwartz is one of the only Colorado Senators to ever vote "no" for her own bill.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Home | Gail Schwartz
  2. ^ a b "State Senate District 5". COMaps. Retrieved 2008-04-04. 
  3. ^ McAvoy, Tom (3 June 2000). "Dennises selected delegates to the Republican Convention". Pueblo Chieftain. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  4. ^ Nadzam, Bonnie (22 October 2000). "Aspen resident stresses higher education while campaigning for CU seat". Steamboat Pilot & Today. Retrieved 2008-04-26. es/
  5. ^ Poppen, Julie (8 November 2000). "Democrat looks like winner in CU Regent race". Rocky Mountain News. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  6. ^ Dodge, Jefferson (30 November 2000). "Regent: Add sexual orientation to policy". Silver & Gold Record. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  7. ^ a b "Senator Schwartz". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 2008-04-04. 
  8. ^ "Senate Committees of Reference". Colorado General Assembly. Retrieved 2008-02-06. 
  9. ^ "Allocation of Severance Tax and Federal Mineral Lease Revenues". Colorado Legislative Council. Retrieved 2008-04-27. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Water Resources Review Committee". Colorado Legislative Council. Retrieved 2008-04-27. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Senate Committees of Reference". Colorado General Assembly. Retrieved 2008-02-06. 
  12. ^ Weiser, Phil (11 April 2008). "SPEAKOUT: Broadband for all". Rocky Mountain News. Retrieved 2008-04-13. 
  13. ^ Staff Reports (30 April 2008). "Schwartz/Curry push mining reform bill". Crested Butte News. Retrieved 2008-05-03. 
  14. ^ Saccone, Mike (14 June 2008). "Lawmakers largely successful with bills". Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. Retrieved 2008-06-19. [dead link]
  15. ^ Ashby, Charles (14 June 2008). "Area adds muscle on state construction committee". Pueblo Chieftain. Retrieved 2008-06-14. 
  16. ^ Mook, Bob (18 November 2008). "Rice to chair House business committee". Denver Business Journal. Retrieved 2008-11-23. 
  17. ^ Jensen, Erika (13 November 2008). "Senate Democrats Announce Committee Assignments". The Cherry Creek News. Retrieved 2008-11-24. [dead link]
  18. ^ "Legislative Leaders Convene Committee On Job Creation & Economic Growth" (Press release). Colorado House Democrats. 20 November 2008. 
  19. ^ Ingold, John (24 November 2008). "JStatehouse jobs panel convenes, given sobering outlook". Denver Post. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  20. ^ Ingold, John (27 January 2009). "Panel considers 30 bills to boost state's budget". Denver Post. Retrieved 2009-03-12. 
  21. ^ Saccone, Mike (20 January 2009). "The Inauguration: Historic moment inspires Colorado political leaders". Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. Retrieved 2009-02-08. [dead link]

External links[edit]