Jeannie Ritter

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Jeannie Ritter
Ritter meeting with community members in La Junta, CO.jpg
First Lady of Colorado
In role
January 9, 2007 – January 11, 2011
GovernorBill Ritter
Preceded byFrances Owens
Succeeded byHelen Thorpe
Personal details
Born (1958-06-14) June 14, 1958 (age 61)
Arlington, Virginia, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Bill Ritter (m. 1983)
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Alma materUniversity of Northern Colorado
ProfessionSpecial education
Mental health

Jeannie Rita Ritter (born 14 June 1958) is an American educator and activist who served as the First Lady of Colorado from 2007 until 2011. She is the wife of former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter.[1]

Ritter has helped to raise awareness regarding mental health, citing that her perspective on mental health was influenced by her training as a teacher for emotionally disturbed children and having an older sister who suffers from bipolar disorder.[1] She previously had served in the Peace Corps in Tunisia.[2]

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  1. ^ a b Caldwell, Alicia (2007-02-25). "Jeannie Ritter Dives In". Denver Post. Retrieved 2016-01-31.
  2. ^ Slevin, Colleen (2007-03-04). "Colorado's new first lady settles into mansion". Deseret News. Retrieved 2016-01-31.