Senator Rollie Heath
Stratton Rollins (Rollie) Heath Jr. was elected to the Senate in 2008, serving the Boulder area, and was re-elected in 2012 to an expanded Senate District 18 that now includes most of western Boulder County. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 1959, then entered law school and finished in two years to earn a Juris Doctor degree in 1961. He joined the military in 1961, and entered active duty as a First Lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General's Corps. He served in the Army for 23 years, with nine years of active duty and 14 years of reserve service. Senator Heath has extensive background in business development and economic growth. While he spent a great deal of his time in the 1990s on family, business and education, he stayed connected to the political world as he and his wife Josie Heath hosted events at their home. He realized that the state was not serving the majority of young people well in terms of K-12 education, that the state was underfunding higher education, and that it was becoming increasingly difficult for businesses to provide health care for their employees - so he decided to take action. He announced his candidacy for Governor in 2001, and while he did not win the 2002 race, he gained valuable knowledge of the state and its system of government. After winning his Senate seat in 2008, he was named a member of the interim Joint Select Committee on Job Creation and Economic Growth, a committee that was formed to help Colorado weather the brutal recession that began in 2008. Senator Heath is the chair of the Senate Transportation committee, and the former chair of the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee. He has served as a member of the Senate Education Committee since 2009, and has also served as a member of the Business, Labor and Technology, Finance, and Appropriations committees. He chaired the state’s interim Long-Term Fiscal Stability Commission in 2009, and co-chaired the Congressional Redistricting Committee in 2011.