Dickey Lee Hullinghorst

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Dickey Lee Hullinghorst
37th Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives
In office
January 7, 2015 – January 11, 2017
Preceded by Mark Ferrandino
Succeeded by Crisanta Duran
Member of the Colorado House of Representatives
from the 10th district
In office
January 7, 2009 – January 11, 2017
Preceded by Alice Madden
Succeeded by Edie Hooton
Personal details
Born (1943-07-27) July 27, 1943 (age 73)
Maywood, Nebraska, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Bob
Children Lara
Alma mater University of Wyoming
University of Colorado, Denver

Dickey Lee Hullinghorst (born July 27, 1943[1]) is a former legislator in the U.S. state of Colorado and a former Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives.[2] She was elected as a Democrat in 2008. Hullinghorst represented House District 10, which encompasses central eastern Boulder and northeastern Boulder County, Colorado.[3]

She is only the second woman in state history to hold that position.[4] It is the first time since 1880 a Boulder County, Colorado lawmaker has been the Speaker of the House.[5]


Born Dickey Lee Shepard (named after her father, Richard),[6] in Maywood, Nebraska, Hullinghorst earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Wyoming in 1965[1] and has completed graduate work in public policy at the University of Colorado, Denver. She has worked as a computer programmer for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, DC,[7] as legislative affairs director for the Colorado Open Space Council from 1979 to 1980 and as senior vice president for Herrick S. Roth Associates, a Denver public policy consulting firm, from 1980 to 1985.[1][7]

Starting in 1985, Hullinghorst worked as Intergovernmental Relations Director for Boulder County, Colorado. She spearheaded the 2003 creation of the "Boulder County Countywide Coordinated Comprehensive Development Plan Intergovernmental Agreement," or "Super IGA," governing Boulder County development and land-preservation policies over a two-decade timeframe.[8] In recognition of this work, she received the Metro Vision First Place Award from the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) intergovernmental cooperation award. She also received the Local Government Collaboration Gold Award for work on an IGA targeting Colorado Highway 42 revitalization.[7] Additionally, Hullinghorst's position entailed lobbying the state legislature on behalf of Boulder County. Hullinghorst retired in December 2007 upon announcing her campaign for the state legislature.[8]

She has served on a number of local boards and commissions, including Boulder County's Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee, Healthy Communities Steering Committee, Resource Conservation Advisory Board, and Mental Health Center Board, as well as the city of Boulder's Blue Ribbon Commission on Revenue Stability. During the early 1980s,[1] Hullinghorst received gubernatorial appointments to the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board, the Front Range Project Steering Committee, and the Metropolitan Water Roundtable. She helped found the Colorado Open Lands Board, and served on the boards of EcoCycle, Political Action for Conservation, and PLAN Boulder County.[7] Hullinghorst also once played oboe with the Longmont symphony.[9]

A veteran of Democratic Party politics, Hullinghorst was a delegate to the 1976 Democratic National Convention and has served in a number of roles with the Boulder County Democratic Party, as a precinct committeeperson, member of the central and executive committees, finance chair, GOTV co-chair, county vice-chair,[7] and as county chair from 1975 to 1979.[1] She has also served on the executive committee of the Colorado Democratic Party,[7] and vice-president of the Colorado Women's Political Caucus in the 1970s and as president of the Colorado Democratic Women's Political Action from 2000 to 2002.[1]

Hullinghorst currently lives in Gunbarrel, Colorado.[10] Her husband, Bob Hullinghorst, was Boulder County Treasurer.[11] They have one daughter, Lara.[12]

Legislative career[edit]

2008 campaign[edit]

In October 2007, Hullinghorst announced her candidacy for the state house seat being vacated by term-limited Rep. Alice Madden.[13] She had no opposition in the Democratic primary[14] and, in the general election, faced Republican Dorothy Marshall,[15] a Boulder health insurance agent whose bid was endorsed by the Denver Post.[16] Hullinghorst's campaign, however, was endorsed by the Boulder Daily Camera[17] and the Boulder Weekly.[18] Hullinghorst touted her government experience, and emphasized tax reform and the state budget in her legislative campaign.[19] She ultimately won the general election with 75 percent of the popular vote.[20]

2009 legislative session[edit]

For the 2009 legislative session, Hullinghorst was named to seats on the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and the House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee.[21]

2010 legislative session[edit]

For the 2010 legislative session, Hullinghorst was named to the House Appropriations Committee, filling a seat previously held by Representative Kathleen Curry.[22]

2010 election[edit]

2011 legislative session[edit]

2012 legislative session[edit]

2012 election[edit]

In the 2012 General Election, Representative Hullinghorst faced Republican challenger William H. Eckert. Hullinghorst was reelected by a wide margin of 80% to 20%.[23][24]


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  2. ^ "Dickey Lee Hullinghorst". Colorado General Assembly. Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  3. ^ "State House District 10". COMaps. Retrieved 2007-12-23. 
  4. ^ http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Rep-Hullinghorst-new-Colorado-House-speaker-5893099.php
  5. ^ http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/blog/capitol_business/2014/11/hullinghorst-becomes-colorados-second-female-house.html
  6. ^ Staff Reports (8 October 2008). "The Stump". Rocky Mountain News. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f "About". Dickey Lee Hullinghorst. Archived from the original on 2008-05-14. Retrieved 2008-04-25. 
  8. ^ a b "Intergovernmental Affairs Director Dickey Lee Hullinghorst to retire, Board to appoint Michelle Krezek to fill position" (Press release). Boulder County. 11 December 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-25. 
  9. ^ Staff Reports (10 October 2008). "2008 Candidate Profile: Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, Democrat". Boulder Daily Camera. Archived from the original on 2008-10-13. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  10. ^ Fryar, John (7 March 2008). "Republicans converge on Longmont for Boulder County assembly". Longmont Times-Call. Retrieved 2008-04-25. 
  11. ^ "Election Summary". 
  12. ^ "Boulder County Treasurer Bob Hullinghorst". Boulder County Colorado Government Online. Retrieved 2008-04-25. 
  13. ^ Staff Reports (4 October 2007). "Local briefs - Oct. 4". Boulder Daily Camera. Archived from the original on 2008-05-14. Retrieved 2008-04-25. 
  14. ^ "Colorado Statewide Cumulative Report - 2008 Primary Election". Colorado Secretary of State. Retrieved 2008-04-13. [permanent dead link]
  15. ^ Fryar, John (8 June 2008). "Republicans stake out local presence with a GOP campaign headquarters". Longmont Times-Call. Retrieved 2008-06-14. 
  16. ^ Editorial Board (17 October 2008). "Post's picks in Colorado's House of Representatives". Denver Post. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  17. ^ Stutzman, Erika (29 October 2008). "State House endorsements". Boulder Daily Camera. Archived from the original on 2009-07-15. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  18. ^ Norris, Wendy; Bob Spencer (3 November 2008). "State candidate endorsement watch". Colorado Independent. Retrieved 2008-11-07. 
  19. ^ Rubino, Joe (8 October 2008). "HD 10 voters to elect new representative". Daily Camera. Archived from the original on 21 January 2013. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  20. ^ "Colorado Statewide Cumulative Report - 2008 General Election". Colorado Secretary of State. Retrieved 2008-12-04. [permanent dead link]
  21. ^ "House Democrats Unveil 2009 Committee Chairs & Assignments" (Press release). Colorado House Democrats. 18 November 2008. Archived from the original on 2010-01-03. 
  22. ^ "Curry bumped off House Appropriations". Denver Post. 
  23. ^ "CO - Election Results - Colorado Secretary of State". 
  24. ^ "State House 2012 Election Results - Denver Post". 

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