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Meet Nancy

State Senator Nancy Todd (D-Aurora) is the Colorado State Senator for District 28. She was elected in 2012 and is serving in her last 4 year term after serving 4 years in the Colorado State Senate and 8 years in the Colorado House of Representatives.  Senator Todd is the lead Democrat of the Transportation Committee, the TLRC (Transportation Legislative Review Committee) and serves on the Senate Education Committee. She is serving for a second year as the chair of the Colorado Channel Advisory Board. Senator Todd is the National Chair of Women in Governemnt (WIG), past chair Chair for Council of State Government West (CSG West), and State Director for Women Legislators’ Lobby (WILL). 


In 2015 Senator Todd was recognized by the Colorado Association for Career and Technical Education (CACTE) for her contributions as the legislator of the year.   

In 2014 Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE) presented Senator Todd with the Outstanding Legislator Award.  Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB) recognized her as the Legislator of the year, and  Colorado Education Association (CEA) awarded her with the “Friend of Education” Award.  Senator Todd was also invited to participate with the Multicultural Mosiac Foundation on an outreach trip to Thailand and Cambodia.

Senator Todd was the 2013 CALET Outstanding Friend of Technology Award recipient from Colorado Association of School Executives and the Legislator of the Year from the Colorado Community College System.

In 2012 Senator Todd was honored with the Betty Marler Award from Rite of Passage for her advocacy for students at risk in Colorado. Senator Todd was awarded the “Pacesetters Award from WILL in 2011.

Senator Todd with Chief Justice Nancy Rice

In 2010 Senator Todd was presented the Alumni Legislative Award for the University of Colorado Denver, the United Veterans Committee Distinguished Legislator Award, a Champion for MESA (math, engineering, science activities), and the Colorado Community College Distinguished Legislator.   She also was a member of the delegation to Turkey by the Multicultural Mosaic Foundation in Colorado.

Senator Todd’s leadership is evident with her selection as a 2009 Toll Fellow for the Council of State Government.  She was also awarded the Distinguished Service “Outside the Profession” by the Colorado Art Education Association in 2009, and was a recipient of the 2008 Colorado Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance recognition award.

Senator Todd was selected as a 2007 Fellow in the Flemming Leadership Institute, a program from the Center for Policy Alternatives.  In 2007, Senator Todd was awarded the Legislator of the Year from the Early Childhood and School Readiness Commission, the Friend of Home Care in Colorado award, and a Champion for Mental Health from the Aurora Mental Health Center.

Senator Todd is a graduate of the 2006 Western Leadership Academy for the Council of State Government (CSG West).  She was named as the 2006 Legislator of the Year for the Colorado University Health Sciences Center, the Colorado Community Colleges, and as an outstanding legislator by Aurora Mental Health.  She was selected as one of two state legislators from the United States to attend the 2006 International Institute of Religion and Politics in Rome, Italy.

In 2005 she was invited to join the Colorado elected officials trip to Israel by the Jewish Community Relations Council to study agriculture, security, health care, government, and religious cultures.  She also participated in the Women in Government International trip to Portugal and Spain, interacting with government officials addressing education and health care issues.

Senator Todd was a professional educator for twenty-five years in the Cherry Creek School District 5, and has lived in the Eastridge community in Aurora for over thirty years.  In 2003, she was awarded the Colorado Mother of the Year.  She served as the literacy chairman of the National Board of American Mothers, Inc. and was recognized as the 2003 Patriot Educator of the Year by the American Legion.  She currently serves on the boards of Ridge View Academy (a juvenile corrections/education facility), Arapahoe House (alcohol, drug, behavioral health services), and the Mile High Lung Association. She is a member of the Aurora Rotary Club, the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, American Association University Women, Greenwood Community Church, PEO, Delta Kappa Gamma (professional educators sorority), and a Star supporter for the Aurora Fox Theater.  In 2011, she was named as the “Woman of the Year” from the Aurora Chamber of Commerce.  She was inducted into the Lawrence High School Hall of Honor in 2013, joining her father Dr. Carl Knox, former Superintendent of Schools in Lawrence, Kansas.  They are the only Father and Daughter to hold this honor.

Senator Todd received her bachelor’s in education from the University of Kansas in 1970 and a master’s in reading from the University of Northern Colorado in 1990.  She has been married for 43 years to Terry, a retired teacher and retired Colonel in the Army Reserves.  They have two grown married sons and four granddaughters.