Rep. Green Gone For The Duration

State Rep. Gwyn Green will miss the remaining two weeks of the legislative session after an adult daughter’s unexpected surgery required her to fly to Georgia, lawmakers announced Monday.

The Jefferson County Democrat represents HD 23, which includes portions of Golden and Lakewood. She will help care for her granddaughter and daughter, whose condition or type of surgery was not detailed. House Speaker Andrew Romanoff indicated that Green, a retired social worker who was elected in 2004, is excused for the rest of the session.

“We send her our best wishes and prayers,” Romanoff said.“We certainly are thinking of her and wish her well,” echoed Sen. Moe Keller, also a Democrat from Jefferson County. In Green’s absence, constituents can contact her office at 303-866-2951 or the House Majority.

The last day of the session is scheduled May 9, though some lawmakers have indicated the possibility that the session will end early this year.

Cara DeGette, a longtime journalist, is a senior fellow at Colorado Confidential, and a columnist and contributing editor at the Colorado Springs Independent. E-mail her at