Norma Anderson has been a resident of Jefferson County since Nov., 1950. With business management as her background, Norma used her experience as Supervisor for Time Inc., Office Manager of Capitol Solar, working for Mountain Bell, and Owner/Operator of KBJ Stables to make a difference in her area.
As her three children went through school, Norma served on the budget and safety committees for her children’s school and chaired the Bear Creek Advisory Committee, the area Bond issue, and supported school sports activities. She also worked as Director of the Bear Creek Jr. Sports Soccer program which tripled in size under her guidance. She worked within the community to build more fields and increase support for sporting events.
Transportation has been another important issue which Norma worked to improve beginning with her service on the City Advisory Committee for the construction of Kipling Parkway. She was then appointed to the Regional Transportation Board serving three years. Norma continued her participation in her community as a board member of the West Chamber, American Cancer Society (Jeffco), Foothills Foundation Board, and was Chair of the Arapahoe House Board after serving several years. She served 10 years on board of Great Outdoors Colorado and as Chair for three years.
Norma was elected to the House of Representatives in 1986 and was able to bring her citizen’s agenda of stronger education, improved transportation planning, criminal justice reform and streamlining healthcare in the subsequent nineteen years of her legislative career.
With these goals, Norma sponsored the School Finance Act of 1994. In 1996 she sponsored the Third Grade Literacy Act, requiring summer tutoring for children who cannot read by third grade. She created the Dept. of Transportation that instituted a 20 year transportation plan. She assisted in the restructuring of the Depts. of Social Services and Institutions to streamline operations, saving the state ten million dollars. She also sponsored Lifetime Parole and Probation for Sex Offenders.
Working with the State Attorney General during the Tobacco Cos. Lawsuit Settlement in 2000, Norma sponsored legislation to create the Visiting Nurse Program from the settlement funds as well as focusing the funds on health care. Colorado led the nation in Healthcare assistance from the tobacco funds. She sponsored other major legislation including the College Opportunity Fund and accountability for K-12 schools.
House of Representatives – 1987-1998 – Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Chaired Education Comm., Transportation and Energy, Legislative Audit Comm., and Vice Chair of Health, Environment, Welfare and Institutions, and member of several other committees.
Senate – 1999-2006 – Served as the Senate Majority Leader, making her the first woman in Colorado history to serve as the Majority Leader in both Houses. She also served as Minority Leader, Chair of Business Affairs and as a member of several Committees as well as continuing her membership on the Audit Committee which she chaired for two years.
In addition Norma was a member of the State Advisory Council to the Labor Dept. the State Compensation Board; Colorado Uninsurable Health Insurance Board; JAG/Justice Assistance Grants; Community Corrections Advisory Board. She served on the Executive Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures for five years and chaired the Transportation Committee for NCSL and was Vice-Chair of their Federal Assembly. She Co-Chaired the NCSL Social Security Task Force – Washington, D.C.; and Chaired the NCSL convention held in Denver.
She has received numerous awards including a Jefferson Co. R1 Preschool named the “Norma V. Anderson PreSchool” on West 44th Ave. She has been a strong leader in early education.