Su Ryden is the majority deputy whip and is serving her third term as the state representative for House District 36 in Aurora. She is chairwoman of the State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee and a member of the Health, Insurance, & Environment Committee. She has previously sat on the Judiciary and the Agriculture, Livestock & Natural Resources committees.
Rep. Ryden has sponsored legislation focused on small businesses, education and the military. During the 2013 session she co-authored a bill extending hiring preferences to the spouses of disabled veterans, allowing these veterans to accrue the benefits of this program even though they are unable to work due to a service-related disability. She was also prime sponsor of bipartisan legislation to fund the statewide network of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, which helps Colorado businesses navigate the procurement process for federal and state contracts
Rep. Ryden has passed legislation to help ensure the future viability of Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora by preventing development too close to the base. She closed an age gap in Colorado’s child safety seat law to require that all children are properly secured when traveling in motor vehicles. She extended reporting requirements for consumer protection to more than a dozen healthcare professions and established the HOA Information Office in the Division of Real Estate to provide information to homeowners and homeowners’ association board members.
Rep. Ryden is a longtime Aurora resident, business owner and an active member of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce. She owns Ryden & Associates Integrated Marketing, which provides communications solutions for clients in many fields. She was given the Women in Business “Unsung Hero” Award by the Aurora Chamber, the Elizabeth Johnson Award by the Aurora Historic Preservation Commission, and the McDonough Award for Outstanding Service to Alumni by the University of Denver.
Rep. Ryden is a graduate of the University of Denver. She has been married to her husband, Jerome, for 44 years. Their son Armand and his wife are physicians in Los Angeles.