State Rep. Anne McGihon is stepping down from the Legislature at the end of this month, The Denver Post’s Lynn Bartels reports. The Denver Democrat — who, in November, won re-election to a fourth term representing House District 3 — said the travel demands of a new legal job will keep her from being able to represent her district adequately. She represents southwest Denver, Englewood and Cherry Hills Village.
“It has been a privilege to serve the residents of House District 3,” McGihon said in a statement. “We made significant progress in providing access to quality, affordable health care for many Coloradans. I see my new role as an extension of what we have already begun in health care reform.”
From 2006 to 2008, McGihon chaired the House Health and Human Services Committee and sponsored 2006 legislation that created the Blue Ribbon Commission on Health Care Reform.
McGihon’s last day as a legislator will be March 27. A vacancy committee will name her successor.
Last week, McGihon announced she was going to work for the law firm Akerman Senterfitt. Two colleagues at McGihon’s old firm, Andrew Oh-Willeke and Andrea Montague, are also moving with her to the new firm.
UPDATE: Gov. Bill Ritter issued a statement Monday afternoon praising McGihon:
“Rep. McGihon has been a tireless leader on issues affecting public health. Most recently, she succeeded in passing the revised Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission rules that focus on air and water quality. She helped lead the effort to create the 208 healthcare reform commission and has demonstrated a strong commitment to the uninsured. Her accomplishments in this arena are too long to list, but she has been a solid ally and her efforts have benefited all Coloradans, not just people in her district. I wish her continued success with her legal career.”