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Su Ryden's Biography

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Full Name:

Su Ryden




Husband: E. Jerome; 1 Child: Armand

Birth Date:


Birth Place:

Hastings, NE

Home City:

Aurora, CO



BA, Mass Communications, University of Denver, 1967, Grade Point Average of 3.8

Majority Whip, Colorado State House of Representatives, 2015-2017

Representative, Colorado State House of Representatives, District 36, 2008-2017

Commissioner, Aurora Historic Preservation Commission, 1996-present

Former Member, Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee, Colorado State House of Representatives

Former Member, Health, Insurance and Environment Committee, Colorado State House of Representatives

Former Member, Judiciary Committee, Colorado State House of Representatives

Former Chairwoman, State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, Colorado State House of Representatives

Minority Deputy Caucus Chair, Colorado State House of Representatives, 2010-2012

Owner, Ryden and Associates, 1975-present

Communications Chair, Rotary Club of Denver, 2008-present

Board Member, Rotary Club of Denver Foundation, 2007-present

Member, Women Impacting Public Policy, 2007-present

Member, Institute of International Education, 2005-present

Board Member, Leadership Aurora, 2005-present

Member, Colorado Film Video Association, 2000-present

Board Member, Colorado Ethics in Business Alliance, 1998-present

Member, Rotary Club of Denver, 1998-present

Board Member, Aurora Fox Arts Center, 1996-present

Member, Better Business Bureau, 1975-present

Member, Denver Chamber of Commerce, 1975-present

Member, Colorado Kids 1st License Plate Initiative

Member, Phi Beta Kappa

Member, Women Presidents Organization, 2000-2007

Member, Denver Advertising Federation, 1975-2002


Elizabeth Johnson Historic Preservation Award--Aurora--2005
Aurora Chamber Women in Business "Unsung Hero"Award--2005
McDonough Award for Service to Alumni--University of Denver--2004
Telly Awards for Television Production--2003, 2004, 2005.

Current Car:

Volvo S40

Date of Wedding Anniversary:

Dec. 9, 1967

Father's Name:

Robert Hardin

Father's Occupation:

Office Manager

Favorite Author:

Louise Erdrich

Favorite Movie:

Romancing the Stone

Mother's Name:

Marge Hardin

Mother's Occupation:

Real Estate Broker

Number of Grandchildren:


Person Most Want to Meet (Dead or Alive):

My great grandmother Virginia Gorman who proved up five homesteads in the 1860s-1890s.

Priority Issues:

Health Care

Reason for Seeking Public Office:

To bring fiscal responsibility, ethics and innovative ideas to solving problems
To advocate for Aurora and my constituents in Aurora.

Spouse's Occupation:

Partner in Ryden & Associates Integrated Marketing.