Dickey Lee Hullinghorst is midway through her third term representing House District 10 in Boulder and unincorporated areas of eastern Boulder County. The 2014 legislative session was her second as Majority Leader, making her responsible for managing debate on bills and other action on the House floor.
In 2014 Rep. Hullinghorst built on her accomplishments from the 2013 session by sponsoring legislation to update Colorado’s election code to ensure that in future recall elections all voters are able to vote by mail-in ballot. This will allow oversees military and busy Coloradans to participate in the democratic process.
In 2013, she managed the House through one of the most productive and far-reaching legislative sessions in Colorado history, completing the legislative calendar with a minimum of marathon sessions and always allowing full and fair debate.
Rep. Hullinghorst herself sponsored several important bills, including a reform of Colorado’s enterprise zone system to restore its original focus it on creating jobs and an overhaul of the state’s election law to make voting more accessible, more secure and less costly. The new system made a highly successful debut in the November 2013 election.
Rep. Hullinghorst has been involved in public policy in Colorado for more than 35 years. She has served as a volunteer on many state and local boards and commissions, addressing important community and state issues. She has also served the Democratic Party in a variety of capacities, including chairwoman of the Boulder County Democratic Party. She was appointed by past Colorado governors to serve on the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board, the Metropolitan Water Roundtable and the Front Range Project Steering Committee, and she was co-chair of the Patterns of Development Committee and Open Space Task Force.
Rep. Hullinghorst was the intergovernmental relations director for Boulder County for more than 20 years. She has also served on numerous boards including EcoCycle, Plan Boulder County and the Boulder County Mental Health Center Board, and was a founding member and treasurer of Colorado Open Lands.
Rep. Hullinghorst has won numerous awards, including the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s Quality of Life Award for her role in passage of the Colorado Clean Air Act.
Rep. Hullinghorst has a B.A. in sociology from the University of Wyoming and has performed graduate-level work in public policy/administration at the University of Colorado at Denver. She has been married to her husband, Bob, for more than 47 years and together they have a daughter, Lara. They live in Gunbarrel.