Biography for Colorado House District 26 Candidate Diane Mitsch Bush (2012)
Born in St. Paul Minnesota February 17, 1950
She earned her BA degree in Sociology, Summa Cum Laude (1975) and her PhD (1979) in Sociology and Social Policy from the University of Minnesota. She moved to Routt County in 1976 because she loves to ski.
From 1982 to 1993, she commuted from Routt County to Fort Collins to teach at CSU.
She was awarded tenure at CSU by a unanimous Sociology Department vote in 1984. Diane strongly believes in community collaboration and public service to make our world a better place.
- 1971-1976 Research Assistant, Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota Instructor
- 1977-1978 Small Business proprietor, Steamboat Springs
- 1978-1982 Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Arizona
- 1982-1984 Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Colorado State Univ.
- 1984-1993 Tenured Associate Professor (Unanimous Tenure vote), Department of Sociology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
- 1993-1995 Associate Professor of Social Sciences, Colorado Mountain College, Alpine Campus, Steamboat Springs
- 1995-2004 Professor of Social Sciences, Colorado Mountain College, Alpine Campus
- Retired from CMC January 2005
Diane is House Representitive for House District 26 - Eagle and Routt Counties. She is seeking re-election in 2014 after an astounding first term.
Diane was elected as a County Commissioner in November 2006 with 58% of the vote county wide and 64% in the City of Steamboat Springs, and was sworn into office in January 2007. She was reelected in 2010 with no opposition.
Past Boards and Committees
- 1993-1994 Vision 2020(Joint Routt County-Steamboat Springs)
- 1996 City of Steamboat Springs, Development Advisory Group (DAG)
- 1996-2006 Routt County Planning Commission ,Vice Chair, 1997-2006
- 2005 City-County Growth Management Advisory Group
- 2007-2011 Rocky Mountain Rail Authority (RMRA) Board of Directors and Rocky Mountain Rail Authority (RMRA) Feasibility Study Steering Committee
- 2008-2012 Grant Applicant on behalf of Routt County and Grant Manager for The South Routt Commuter Vanpool, funded by FTA-CDOT
- 2010-2011 Chair/Grant Manager for CDOT Safe Routes to School Non-Infrastructure Grant for School Bike/Walk Rallies, Kid Friendly Map, and Computer kiosk/Program that helps kids track their contribution to Clean Air and Reduction of Congestion
- 2010-2011 Member, Governor John Hickenlooper's Transition Team for Transportation
- 2007-2012 Club 20, Board Member, Transportation and Tourism Committees
- 2010-2012 Club20 Executive Committee
- 2009-2012 NWTPR (NW Transportation Planning Region), Chair
- 2007-2012 NWTPR, Rep to STAC (Statewide Transportation Advisory Committee)
- 2006-2012 Yampa Valley Sustainability Council
- 2007-2012 Routt County Representative on Mainstreet, Steamboat Springs
- 2008-2011 Chair of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association Transportation Solutions Group Ped/Bike Working Group
- 2009-2012 Member of the Steamboat Springs Community Cycling Initiative (aka cycling as Economic Development Task Force)
Conference Papers and Book Chapter
- 1997-2005 Diane has presented a series of research papers on Rocky Mountain Resort Towns and Counties at national and international social science conferences
- 2006 she published “From Collaboration to Implementation in an Era of Globalization: Local Policies to Preserve Agriculture, Wildlife Habitat and Open Space in Mountain Resort Towns of the Rocky Mountain West” in Thomas Clark, Alison Gill, and Rudi Hartmann (eds). Mountain Resort Planning in an Era of Globalization. Cognizant Books
Family and Fun
Mitsch Bush and her husband Michael Paul love to alpine ski, backcountry powder and corn ski, nordic ski, rock climb and mountain bike. Michael has been a co-manager of ski and bike tuning and repair at Ski Haus in Steamboat Springs since 1980.