Diane Mitsch Bush was elected in 2012 to represent House District 26, which includes Routt and Eagle counties. She is a member of the Agriculture, Livestock & Natural Resources Committee and the Transportation & Energy Committee. She also serves on several interim committees, including the Transportation Legislation Review Committee and the Water Resources Review Committee.
In the 2014 session Rep. Mitsch Bush sponsored legislation extending the Safe Routes to School Program, which ran out of federal funding this year. The program provides funding for infrastructure projects like sidewalk or bike lane improvements and non-infrastructure projects like teacher and parent training to increase safety around schools.
During the 2013 legislative session, Rep. Mitsch Bush was prime sponsor of legislation that raised reporting standards for oil and gas spills, requiring spills of one barrel or more to be reported within 24 hours to improve emergency response and reduce the impacts of the spill.
As a Routt County commissioner from 2006 to 2012, Rep. Mitsch Bush was heavily involved in transportation issues and is a champion for sustainable development, dedicated to creating new jobs while protecting the quality of life and environment that drive the economies of our mountain communities.
She was a sociology professor at Colorado Mountain College and Colorado State University, and earned B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in sociology from the University of Minnesota.
She has served on the Routt County-Steamboat Springs Vision 2020 task force, the Steamboat Springs Development Advisory Group, the Routt County Planning Commission, the City-County Growth Management Advisory Group and the Rocky Mountain Rail Authority board of directors.
Rep. Mitsch Bush also served on the executive, transportation and tourism committees of Club 20, the Western Slope’s leading advocacy and political organization.
She was chair of the Northwest Transportation Planning Region and was the region’s delegate to the Statewide Transportation Advisory Committee. She was a member of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s transition team for transportation.
Rep. Mitsch Bush and her husband, Michael, love to ski, rock climb and mountain bike. They live in Steamboat Springs, where Michael is a co-manager of ski and bike tuning and repair at a ski shop.