Monday, March 16, 2009

Rep. Anne McGihon to Leave Legislature Later This Month

Veteran Denver Democrat Anne McGihon has resigned from the House of Representatives.

McGihon, who is in her fourth and last term as a state representative, announced today that the demands of a new position with a national law firm require her to leave public service.

Her resignation will be effective March 27.

McGihon is the chair of the House Health and Human Services Committee. She has been a leading voice in efforts to reform health care in Colorado and, this session, has helped drive House approval of a package of state agency regulations including controversial new rules affecting oil and gas drillers on the Western Slope.

In addition to her law degree, McGihon holds a masters degree in social work. She will join Ackerman Senterfitt, a law firm based in Washington, D.C. and Denver, to engage in a law and legislative advocacy practice focused on health care matters.

A District 3 Democratic vacancy committee will appoint a replacement to serve until January 2011.

McGihon herself was first appointed to the House by a vacancy committee in 2003.