Jenise May is mid-way through her first term as the representative in House District 30, which stretches from northern Aurora to rural Adams County east of Denver International Airport and back into parts of Thornton. She is a member of the Joint Budget Committee, as well as a member of the Child Support Commission and a former member of the Joint Select Committee for the Implementation of Amendment 64 Task Force Recommendations.
During her first year at the legislature Rep. May tackled the issue of child welfare, co-authoring two major bills that develop a statewide child abuse reporting hotline and create teams to review child fatalities, making recommendations to prevent future such events. She also co-authored the bill that established the regulatory framework for the legalization of recreational marijuana.
Rep. May has more than 25 years in public service. From an entry-level clerk’s job at the Adams County Department of Social Services, she worked her way up to become deputy director of the Colorado Department of Human Services, overseeing more than 2,000 DHS employees and managing a budget of more than $1 billion – and always with an eye for the most efficient and effective use of taxpayer dollars.
Rep. May effectively managed DHS programs, including during crisis response to catastrophes such as the tornado that devastated Windsor in 2008.
A fourth-generation Coloradan, Rep. May has two daughters, two stepsons and a pair of granddaughters. She and her husband, Eric Busch, live in Northwest Aurora.