Su Ryden is the majority deputy whip and is serving her third term as the state representative for House District 36 in Aurora. She is chairwoman of the State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee and a member of the Business, Labor, Economic & Workforce Development Committee and the Audit Committee. She has previously served on the Judiciary and the Agriculture, Livestock & Natural Resources committees.
Rep. Ryden has sponsored legislation focused on small businesses, education and the military. During the 2014 session she sponsored three bills to support Colorado’s veterans and Colorado’s military operations including a bill to emphasize the strategic and economic advantages of Colorado’s military operations and personnel as the Department of Defense begins making Base Realignment and Closure evaluations in the coming years. She also sponsored legislation to help Colorado’s Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, which help Colorado businesses navigate the procurement process for federal contracts. This bill builds on legislation she passed in 2013 session.
In the 2013 session she coauthored a bill extending hiring preferences to the spouses of disabled veterans, allowing these veterans to accrue the benefits of this program even though they are unable to work due to a service-related disability. She was also prime sponsor of legislation to study the functions and success of other states homeowners associations and report back best practices to improve HOAs in Colorado.
Rep. Ryden has passed legislation to help ensure the future viability of Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora by preventing development too close to the base. She closed an age gap in Colorado’s child safety seat law to require that all children be properly secured when traveling in motor vehicles. She extended reporting requirements for consumer protection to more than a dozen healthcare professions and established the HOA Information Office in the Division of Real Estate to provide information to homeowners and homeowners association board members.
Rep. Ryden is a longtime Aurora resident, business owner and an active member of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce. She owns Ryden & Associates Integrated Marketing, which provides communications solutions for clients in many fields. She was given the Women in Business “Unsung Hero” Award by the Aurora Chamber, the Elizabeth Johnson Award by the Aurora Historic Preservation Commission, and the McDonough Award for Outstanding Service to Alumni by the University of Denver.
Rep. Ryden is a graduate of the University of Denver. She has been married to her husband, Jerome, for 46 years. Their son Armand and his wife are physicians in Los Angeles.