Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Ritter Names Madden Climate Change Policy Chief

Former Rep. Alice Madden, D-Boulder, will be getting used to the executive chambers at the capitol soon.

The former majority leader was named by Gov. Bill Ritter as the state's climate change coordinator.

"Alice Madden has distinguished herself as one of Colorado's most accomplished and talented public servants," Ritter said. "Her thoughtfulness and problem-solving skills will be crucial as we strive to achieve the goals in Colorado's Climate Action Plan and strengthen Colorado's New Energy Economy. Expanding the use of wind, solar, geothermal and clean-burning natural gas will create jobs, clean the air and address climate change."

Madden served in the House of Representatives from 2001-2009. In 2004 she helped lead the campaign effort that resulted in Democrats regaining control of both chambers of the General Assembly for the first time since the early 1960s.

Madden's salary will not be paid by state revenues. Instead, her position is funded by grants from the private Hewlett, Denver and Energy Foundations.