Jenise May is completing 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 and Appropriations 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.
In the 2014 session Rep. May focused on passing a balanced budget to help all of Colorado. The budget made significant increases in both K-12 and higher education funding, increased the economic security of Coloradans, set aside funding to help communities recover from the floods and fires of 2013 and increased the state’s reserve fund by $130 million. Rep. May also sponsored legislation allowing community colleges across the state to offer students degrees in applied sciences.
During the 2013 legislative session, Rep. May coauthored 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 coauthored 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 two granddaughters. She and her husband, Eric Busch, live in Northwest Aurora.