Steamboat Springs lawmaker Diane Mitsch Bush gets committee assignments

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Diane Mitsch Bush

— Freshman state lawmaker Diane Mitsch Bush, a Democrat from Steamboat Springs, has landed seats on two legislative committees: Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources, and Transportation and Energy.

Colorado House Speaker-designate Mark Ferrandino announced the Democratic committee assignments Monday. Mitsch Bush said she got her top two choices as well as committees that suit her background and her constituency.

Transportation has been an issue of particular interest to Mitsch Bush. She has served on the state’s Northwest Transportation Planning Region board as well as the Rocky Mountain Rail Authority’s board of directors. She also was appointed to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s transition team for transportation issues in 2010-11. She has dealt with agriculture, natural resources and energy issues — particularly coal and oil/gas exploration — in her role as a county commissioner.

Mitsch Bush, who was elected last month to serve the new House District 26 representing Routt and Eagle counties, resigns from her Board of Commissioners seat effective Wednesday. The next legislative session begins Jan. 9 at the Capitol in Denver.

It’s been a whirlwind of activity for Mitsch Bush over the past couple weeks, including lawmaker orientations in Denver and wrapping up her existing county commissioner duties in Routt County. She has rented an apartment in Denver just one block from the Capitol, and she enlisted Nick List, her campaign manager, to serve as her legislative aide.

To reach Brent Boyer, call 970-871-4221 or email bboyer@SteamboatToday.com

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