Peggy Littleton

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Peggy Littleton
Peg pic.jpg
County Commissioner
Assumed office
January 11, 2011
Preceded by Jim Bensberg
Colorado State Board of Education
In office
2004–2010
Personal details
Born Sidney, Neb., U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater Colorado State University
Excelsior College (B.S.)

Peggy "Peg" Littleton is the county commissioner for Colorado Springs, Colo., the second-largest city in Colorado[1] and the 41st-largest city in the United States.[2] Her Commissioner District 5[3] is a jurisdiction of El Paso County, Colo.,[4] the state's most populous county.[5]

Littleton became a candidate for the United States Senate Jan. 20, 2016,[6] hoping to unseat Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo. National media have identified Bennet among the more vulnerable Democrats in 2016.[7][8]

Voters elected Littleton to the State Board of Education in November 2004 to serve Colorado's Fifth Congressional District.[9] She won a six-year term with 178,561 votes, 62 percent of ballots cast in an election that garnered 90 percent participation from registered voters. As her State Board of Education term expired in 2010, Littleton ran successfully for a county commissioner seat and was re-elected in 2014.[10] She won both county elections by more than 60 percent of the vote in a purple district composed equally of registered Republicans, Democrats and independents.

The State Board of Education honored Littleton with a resolution in Dec. 2010 for her contributions to Colorado children and children of military personnel.[11]

Early life and personal[edit]

Littleton grew up in Longmont, Colo., a Boulder County municipality neighboring the college town of Boulder — known for progressive politics and culture.[12] Her father was a union member and equipment maintenance worker for 30 years with AT&T; her mother a teacher. She has lived in Colorado Springs since the summer of 1993. Littleton was born in Sidney, Neb., and moved to Fort Morgan, Colo., when she was 4. After graduation from High School, Littleton spent a year abroad as a Rotary Youth Exchange student in Austria.

Littleton's three grown children were home schooled, then attended private, public charter and traditional public schools.[13]

Political experience[edit]

Littleton was elected to the Colorado State Board of Education in 2004, nine months after being elected to fill a vacancy. She won with 178,561 votes, which was 62 percent of votes cast in an election with participation of 90 percent of registered voters. After completing a six-year term, she ran for the El Paso County Board of Commissioners.

Littleton was elected as commissioner for El Paso County's District 5 in 2010 and was sworn into office Jan. 11, 2011.[14] Littleton was reelected in 2014 by 64 percent of the vote in a contest with Democratic challenger Jariah Walker.[15][16]

Sheriff controversy[edit]

Littleton was the first county commissioner to call for the resignation of embattled El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa, who subsequently left office amid allegations and lawsuits that claimed he created a hostile work environment and had affairs with subordinates. One employment complaint claimed the sheriff used female employees as "sexual playthings" who were rewarded with promotions for sexual favors. Littleton's demand for resignation was not supported by fellow commissioners, until later.[17]

Term limit reinstatement[edit]

Prior to Littleton's first election as county commissioner, public controversy erupted after El Paso County Commissioners placed what was criticized as deliberately misleading language on the 2010 ballot. The measure asked whether county officials should be limited to three terms. After the measure passed, some voters claimed they were duped. Commissioners were already limited to two terms and critics claimed an extension of terms was written to appear as a reduction. Upon assuming office in 2011, Littleton fought to put the question to voters again with less confusing language. Voters in 2011 restored the limitation of two terms.[18][19]

Career[edit]

Littleton taught at Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy[20] and Colorado Springs Christian Schools,[21] each receiving a coveted four-star rating by Great Schools.[22]

Littleton was appointed director of Colorado GEAR UP grant,[23] which was administered by the office of Republican Gov. Bill Owens. Colorado GEAR UP is the state's program to prepare low-income and first generation students for college.

As an educational consultant, Littleton has conducted professional staff development seminars for teachers nationwide. She has worked as a consultant with Gibson Hasbrouck & Associates. Her focus is training teachers to combine data-driven and differentiated instruction in the classroom.

Littleton is a licensed Realtor.

Gubernatorial appointments[edit]

  • Homeland Security and All-Hazards Advisory Council[24]
  • Coroners Training and Standards Board[25]

Boards, committees and commissions service[edit]

  • Read to Achieve
  • The Dyslexia Center
  • PACE (Parental Alliance for Choice in Education)
  • National Association of Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee
  • Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority Board of Directors[26]
  • El Paso County Board of Retirement[27]
  • El Paso-Teller County 911 Authority Board[28]
  • El Paso County Emergency Services Agency
  • Pikes Peak Library Board[29]
  • Liaison to the Offices of the Sheriff and Clerk and Recorder

Awards and publications[edit]

  • Granted the Charter Friend Award for Policy.[30]
  • State Board of Education resolution recognizing contributions to Colorado children and children of military perssonel[31]
  • Contributor to reports published by the National Association of State Boards of Education NASBE, some of which are "E Pluribus Unum (ELL),"[32] "Adolescent Literacy,"[33] and "From Planning to Practice (ECE)."

Education[edit]

Upon return from Austria, Littleton enrolled at Colorado State University.[34] After her junior year of study at CSU, Littleton completed her Bachelor of Science degree with Regents University, which became Excelsior College in Albany, New York.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau
  2. ^ "Largest 100 U.S. Cities by Population," 2015, BallotPedia
  3. ^ El Paso County Clerk and Recorder
  4. ^ El Paso County, Colo., official website
  5. ^ "Population Totals for Colorado Counties," Colorado Department of Local Affairs, estimates for 2014 finalized in October 2015
  6. ^ "El Paso County's Peg Littleton joins U.S. Senate race". www.denverpost.com. Retrieved 2016-01-20. 
  7. ^ "Wanted: GOP candidate to beat vulnerable Colorado senator, Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner
  8. ^ "Sen. Michael Bennet 5th most vulnerable Democrat up for re-election in 2016," The Business Word
  9. ^ GovTrack.us; Colorado's Fifth Congressional District.
  10. ^ "Board of Education races upcoming in three districts," Marianne Goodland, The Colorado Statesman, May 21, 2010
  11. ^ "Resolution Recognizing the Contribution Peggy Littleton Has Made to the Education of Children in Colorado," Colorado State Board of Education, Dec. 6, 2010
  12. ^ "Boulder Takes Rare Step Into Conservative Orbit With G.O.P. Debate," Jack Healy, New York Times, Oct. 18, 2015
  13. ^ "Who is Peg Littleton?"; PegLittleton.com
  14. ^ El Paso County Board of County Commissioners.
  15. ^ "Incumbents Littleton, Glenn and Ensminger secure victories in county seats," Stephen Hobbs, Colorado Springs Gazette, Nov. 5, 2014
  16. ^ BallotPedia, Jariah Walker entry
  17. ^ "El Paso County commissioner calls on Maketa to take leave or resign, new allegations made" Lance Benzel, The Gazette
  18. ^ Bob Stephens, The Gazette
  19. ^ editorial, The Gazette
  20. ^ Great Schools, Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy
  21. ^ Great Schools, Colorado Springs Christian Schools
  22. ^ Great Schools, GreatSchools.org
  23. ^ Colorado State Board of Education, Retrieved August 5, 2009.
  24. ^ "Appointments to Homeland Security and All-Hazards Senior Advisory Committe [sic] Announced," Colorado Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management website
  25. ^ "Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards & Commissions appointments," Colorado governor's website
  26. ^ Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority website
  27. ^ "Board Of Retirement," El Paso County website
  28. ^ "El Paso-Teller County 911 Authority Board," El Paso County website
  29. ^ "City/County Pikes Peak Library District Board," El Paso County website
  30. ^ "Charter Friend Awards," Colorado League of Charter Schools
  31. ^ "Resolution Recognizing the Contribution Peggy Littleton Has Made to the Education of Children in Colorado," Colorado State Board of Education, Dec. 6, 2010
  32. ^ Colorado State Board of Education
  33. ^ Colorado State Board of Education
  34. ^ Colorado State University official website