Jeni James Arndt is beginning her second term representing House District 53, which includes the western half of Fort Collins. She is chairwoman of the Agriculture, Livestock & Natural Resources Committee and sits on the Business Affairs & Labor Committee. She is also the deputy caucus chairwoman of the House Democrats.
Her 2016 session was notable for her leadership on a variety of measures to promote water conservation in Colorado. Her most significant new law relaxed the use-it-or-lose-it rule, so owners of agricultural water rights can now lease, loan, or trade up to 50 percent of their water in a given year and no longer have to use more water than they need simply to avoid having their water right permanently reduced.
Rep. Arndt has been an ESL teacher, special education teacher, middle school principal, school board member, International Baccalaureate coordinator, university faculty member and department head.
Not only is Rep. Arndt a strong advocate for education, she’s an avid consumer of education, too. She holds a Ph.D. in literacy and language from Purdue University in Indiana, master’s degrees from the University of Colorado and Purdue and an undergraduate degree from Colorado College. And she’s studying for an MBA at Colorado State University.
Rep. Arndt, her husband, Channing, and their three children, Abby, Henry and Mason, live on West Mulberry Street, three blocks from where she grew up, attending Moore Elementary, Blevins Junior High and Poudre High School.