Millie Hamner represents House District 61, which includes Summit, Lake and Pitkin counties and parts of Delta and Gunnison counties. She is chairwoman of the House Education Committee and sits on the Business and Appropriations Committees. She is also vice-chairwoman of the interim Wildfire Matters Review Committee.
As a career educator and former school district superintendent, Rep. Hamner is one of the legislature’s leading voices on education issues. During the 2014 session Rep. Hamner sponsored the Student Success Act and the annual School Finance Act. The two bills invest nearly $500 million into K-12 education and will help every school district across the state. They include a $110 million buy down of the so-called “negative factor,” investments in early childhood reading programs, funding for English Language Learner programs and the creation of 5,000 new slots for at risk youth in kindergarten classrooms.
In 2013 she sponsored the annual school finance bill as well as legislation to streamline our childhood development programs, putting them under one umbrella and cutting down on administrative and government waste, and a bill to improve educator evaluation systems, making them more effective.
In 2012 she sponsored one of the major education initiatives of of that session — the Colorado READ Act, expanding early childhood literacy programs.
Rep. Hamner is also strong advocate for Western Slope concerns. She has pushed for solutions to traffic congestion on the Interstate 70 corridor and sponsored a bill to install a fire suppression system in the Eisenhower-Johnson tunnels, knowing that a serious fire in one of the tunnels would not only be a grave threat to human life, but would also have serious consequences for the economies of the Western Slope and mountain communities.
She began her career in Colorado public education as a teacher and administrator in the Eagle County School District, where she taught for 23 years before being asked to become assistant superintendent of the Summit School District and its 3,000 students in 2001. She was promoted to superintendent in 2004.
Rep. Hamner earned her Ph.D. in curriculum and leadership from the University of Denver in 1996. As an adjunct professor at both Adams State College and the University of Denver, she was involved in the planning and delivery of advanced degree programs for teachers and school administrators throughout Colorado.
Rep. Hamner is committed to public service and has been an active supporter of the Summit County community. She has enjoyed being involved with the Summit Foundation, the Summit Lake Dillon Optimists Club, the El Pomar Foundation and the Summit County Rotary Club.