Su Ryden

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Su Ryden
Su Ryden at Buckley.jpg
Ryden in 2013
Member of the Colorado House of Representatives
from the 36th district
In office
January 7, 2009[1] – January 11, 2017
Preceded by Morgan Carroll
Succeeded by Mike Weissman
Personal details
Political party Democratic

Susan "Su" Ryden is a former legislator in the U.S. state of Colorado. Elected to the Colorado House of Representatives as a Democrat in 2008, Ryden represents House District 36, which encompasses eastern Aurora, Colorado.[2] Term limited, she did not run for re-election to the state house in the 2016 election. However, she ran for State Senate in District 29 but lost in the Democratic primary to Rhonda Fields. Her term in the State House ended in January, 2017.[3]


Ryden graduated from the University of Denver in 1967 with a bachelor's degree in mass communications.[4] She worked for marketing firms in Denver, Colorado, San Diego, California, Pensacola, Florida, and Norfolk, Virginia while her husband, Jerome, served in the U.S. Navy. The couple worked briefly as freelance photojournalists before returning to Colorado in 1974 and founding Ryden & Associates, a marketing firm.[5]

Ryden has served on the boards of the Denver Rotary Club Foundation, the Aurora Historic Preservation Commission, Leadership Aurora and the Aurora Fox Arts Center. She has also worked on the Colorado Kids 1st license plate campaign and the soberRide campaign against drunk driving.[5]

In 2004, Ryden received the Randolph P. McDonough Award for service to alumni of the University of Denver. In 2005, she received the Aurora Chamber’s Women in Business “Unsung Hero” Award and the Elizabeth Johnson Award for her work in the field of historic preservation.[5]

Legislative career[edit]

2008 election[edit]

Ryden announced her candidacy for the state legislature in February 2008, after incumbent Rep. Morgan Carroll announced her candidacy for the state senate amidst a scandal that prompted the withdrawal of the previous candidate, Rep. Michael Garcia.[6] Ryden was endorsed by Rep. Carroll,[7] was nominated by unanimous acclamation at the Democratic house district assembly,[8] and saw no opposition in the August Democratic primary.[9]

Ryden faced Republican Kathy Green in the November 2008 general election. Ryden's candidacy was endorsed by the Aurora Sentinel[10] and the Denver Post, [11] and she won with 60 percent of the popular vote.[12]

2009 legislative session[edit]

For the 2009 legislative session, Ryden was named to seats on the House Business Affairs Committee and the House Judiciary Committee.[13]

2010 legislative session[edit]

2010 election[edit]

Representative Ryden won reelection with 54.7% of the vote.[14]

2011 legislative session[edit]

Ryden was elected as the House Minority Deputy Caucus Chair in 2011. Representative Ryden served on the Judiciary Committee and House Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee.[15]

2012 legislative session[edit]

2012 election[edit]

In the 2012 General Election, Representative Ryden faced Republican challenger James Parker. Ryden was reelected by a margin of 57% to 39%.[16][17]


  1. ^ "House Journal – January 7, 2009" (pdf). Colorado General Assembly. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  2. ^ "State House District 36". COMaps. Retrieved 2007-12-23. 
  3. ^ Ballotpedia. Su Ryden. Viewed: 2017-01-14.
  4. ^ "Su Ryden". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 2008-11-13. 
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  9. ^ "Colorado Statewide Cumulative Report – 2008 Primary Election". Colorado Secretary of State. Retrieved 2008-04-13. 
  10. ^ Norris, Wendy; Bob Spencer (3 November 2008). "State candidate endorsement watch". Colorado Independent. Retrieved 2008-11-07. 
  11. ^ Editorial Board (17 October 2008). "Post's picks in Colorado's House of Representatives". Denver Post. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  12. ^ "Colorado Statewide Cumulative Report – 2008 General Election". Colorado Secretary of State. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  13. ^ "House Democrats Unveil 2009 Committee Chairs & Assignments" (Press release). Colorado House Democrats. 18 November 2008. 
  14. ^ Denver Post  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ "Committee Chairs & Assignments" (Press release). Colorado House Democrats. 7 March 2011. 
  16. ^ "CO – Election Results – Colorado Secretary of State". 
  17. ^ "State House 2012 Election Results – Denver Post". 

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