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Nancy (Knox) Todd

Colorado State Senator

Lawrence High School




Nancy is the daughter of Carl Knox longtime USD497 School Superintendent. She received her bachelor's in education from the University of Kansas in 1970 and a master's in reading from the University of Northern Colorado in 1990.

She is currently the Colorado State Senator for District 28. She was elected in 2004 and served four terms in the House of Representatives before being elected to the Senate in 2012. She is a member of the State Senate Education Committee and is Vice-Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee. She has served on the interim Health care Task Force, the Minority Success Task Force for Higher Education, the Workforce Development Council, Governor Owens' Alignment Council for Education, the Commission of Higher Education, the Commission for Early Childhood and School Readiness, and the subcommittee for Preparation and Transition for Governor Ritter's P-20 Council. She served on the Service Academy Nomination Review Board for former U.S. Senator Ken Salazar. Senator Todd currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Education committee for Council of State Government (CSG West), a member of the executive committee for Military and Veterans Affairs for National Conference for State Legislators (NCSL) and is a state director for Women in Government (WIG) and Women Legislators' Lobby (WILL). Representative was awarded the "Pacesetters Award from WILL in 2011.

In 2010 Senator Todd was presented the Alumni Legislative Award for the University of Colorado Denver, the United Veterans Committee Distinguished Legislator Award, a Champion for MESA (math, engineering, science activities), and the Colorado Community College Distinguished Legislator. She also was a member of the delegation to Turkey by the Multicultural Mosaic Foundation in Colorado.

She was selected as a 2009 Toll Fellow for the Council of State Government. She was also awarded the Distinguished Service Outside the Profession by the Colorado Art Education Association in 2009 and was a recipient of the 2008 Colorado Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance recognition award.

She was selected as a 2007 Fellow in the Flemming Leadership Institute, a program from the Center for Policy Alternatives. In 2007, Senator Todd was awarded the Legislator of the Year from the Early Childhood and School Readiness Commission, the Friend of Home Care in Colorado award, and a Champion for Mental Health from the Aurora Mental Health Center.

She is a graduate of the 2006 Western Leadership Academy for the Council of State Government (CSG West). She was named as the 2006 Legislator of the Year for the Colorado University Health Sciences Center, the Colorado Community Colleges, and as an outstanding legislator by Aurora Mental Health. She was selected as one of two State Representatives from the United States to attend the 2006 International Institute of Religion and Politics in Rome, Italy.

In 2005 Senator Todd was invited to join the Colorado elected officials’ trip to Israel by the Jewish Community Relations Council to study agriculture, security, health care, government, and religious cultures. She also participated in the Women in Government International trip to Portugal and Spain,

interacting with government officials regarding education and health care issues. She has been married for 40 years to Terry, a retired teacher and retired Colonel in the Army Reserves.

They have two grown married sons and four granddaughters.

Nancy (Knox) Todd
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