John Buckner is the representative in House District 40 in southern Aurora and serves on the Education and Judiciary Committees.
As a lifelong educator, principal, and advocate for excellence in schools, Rep. Buckner knows what it means to help people seize opportunity, realize their potential and break down the barriers to success.
In the 2014 session he was the co-prime sponsor of the annual school finance bill, which created 5,000 more spots for pre-K and full-time kindergarten students and sharply increased funding for English language learners, one of the fastest-growing categories of students in Colorado. This bill and others increased Colorado’s commitment to its K-12 students by nearly half a billion dollars.
Through decades working for the Cherry Creek School District, whether at Laredo Middle School, Smoky Hill High School or Overland High School, Rep. Buckner has worked with thousands of students and their families. The gymnasium at Overland High School is named in his honor.
Nearly four decades as an educator have taught Rep. Buckner the most critical lesson facing Colorado during a time of economic struggle: our state’s economic revival depends on our commitment to successful schools.
Rep. Buckner has served on the boards of the Colorado Institute for Educational Inquiry, the Multi-Culture Task Force for Cherry Creek Schools, and the Colorado State Board of Education’s Principal and Administrator Standards Board. He has attended the Harvard University Principal Leadership Academy and served as executive director for
Excellence and Equity for Cherry Creek Schools. He has also participated on the Aurora Leadership Board of the Chamber of Commerce.
Rep. Buckner and his wife, Janet, have lived in Aurora since 1975. They have twin daughters, Joy and Jennifer, and a son, Jay. A former speech and language therapist, Janet retired from a successful career in medical services.