Diane Mitsch Bush

House Representative

District 26:




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(303) 866-2923

Upcoming Events & Meetings:


June 28 - 
Eagle Flight Days, Eagle


July 4 -
Happy Independence Day!!
I will be attending parades in Steamboat Springs and Yampa


July 10 - 
Present 2014 legislative wrap-up to Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association


July 19 - 
Gypsum Daze Parade in Gypsum


July 22- 
Panelist at Yampa Valley Sustainability council’s Talking Green on transportation


July 23 -
Joint Interim House/Senate Transportation Legislation Review Committee, at the Capitol


July 29 -
Present Legislative Wrap-up to Vail Valley Board of Realtors


If you have an event you would like me to attend or speak at, please do let me know at:  repdianehd26@gmail.com


I look forward to seeing you, answering your questions, and discussing issues with you!


If you want to meet one-on-one or with a small group or if you want me to tour your business or organization, please do let me know! I want to listen to you and learn from you.




For a Just, Equitable, Prosperous and
Sustainable Colorado.


State Representative

Diane Mitsch Bush

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Summer Greetings to Everyone in
Eagle County and Routt County!


Since the 2014 Legislative Session ended on May 7, I have been traveling around our beautiful district, meeting with individual constituents, businesses, groups of constituents, visiting schools, and holding Town Halls in Basalt, Eagle, and Steamboat Springs.  I reported to you on those visits that occurred from May 8 through May 17 in my May newsletter.


I participated in the first two meetings of the two Joint House/ Senate Interim Committees on which I serve: Water in Gunnison on June 18 and Transportation in Denver at Capitol on June 10.

The Governor signed our bipartisan small hydroelectric bill that removes red tape and streamlines the permitting process for small hydroelectric of 10 MW or less in Montrose on May 31. Representative Don Coram (R-Montrose was the co-prime sponsor on the bill).



On June 3 Governor Hickenlooper signed my Safe Routes to School bill at the Capitol in Denver. I could not attend due to responsibilities up here in our district, but I was thrilled to see this bill become law. It will make our communities safer and healthier for all.


2014 Reelection

I am running for reelection as your State Representative on my record and on promises kept. So, I have been spending time on my campaign as well as my normal legislative duties representing you.


Here are some of the meetings and events I participated in as your State Representative in late May and June:


May 20, the Academic Tea at Eagle Valley Middle School honoring the students who had achieved academic distinction of a 3.8 GPA or better. What great young people! Then several students led me on tours of their classes where I saw first hand what active learning looks like.  Special thanks to Elena Ortiz!

May 20, met with Gypsum Elementary Principal Mitch Forsberg and teacher Tonya Farmer, then we did a tour of the classrooms, meeting students and teachers. I got to see what our inquisitive, hard working students are doing.

May 22  attended the Tri Club Rotary dinner in Gypsum. CMC President Carrie Hauser addressed the group. Rotarians had great questions that produced in depth discussion, especially of the link between CMC offerings and needs of local businesses.

May 26 attended the very moving annual Memorial Day ceremony at Steamboat Springs Cemetery, as I do every year in honor of our brave men and women who died defending our county

May 26 I was the keynote speaker at the annual Eagle County Memorial Day Ceremony at Freedom Park in Edwards. I emphasized the debt we owe our fallen heroes and all our living veterans.

May 27 I visited with the 4th Grade classes at Brush Creek elementary in Eagle;  what an active, informed group of young people. They asked great questions! Thanks to Drew Musser, 4th grade teacher for organizing this visit.

 May 27 I visited Basalt Elementary, Basalt Middle School, and Roaring Fork High School with Superintendent Diana Sirko and State Representative Millie Hamner who Chairs the House Education Committee. Basalt Mayor Jacque Whitsitt joined us for the elementary school and middle school tours.

May 27 Representative Millie Hamner (she represents seven counties, including the Pitkin County portion of Basalt) and I had a joint Town Hall in Basalt where citizens brought up several issues they were concerned with: transportation and especially the needed overpass on SH82 to reach the BRT station, Education funding, Water concerns and the Colorado Water Plan, and questions about adequacy of and funding for monitoring and enforcement of air quality.

May 28, I attended a meeting sponsored by the Roaring Fork Water conservancy with a presentation and discussion by EPA officials on the new proposed EPA water rules.

May 28 Eagle Town Hall at which citizens bought up education funding issues, gun safety and second amendment concerns, water issues and concerns about the Colorado River Basin, wildfire/ WUI (Wildland urban interface) issues with prevention, mitigation, and increasing cots of home insurance in the WUI, and thanked me for Safe Routes to School funding.

May 29 - Steamboat Springs Town Hall. Here, citizens asked questions and raised issues about Common Core, Water and the implications of the Colorado Water a Plan for the Yampa Basin, agriculture, childcare, K-12 funding issues, Higher education issues, and transportation.

May 31 - South Canal, Montrose, Governor Hickenlooper signed HB14-1030. This bill streamlines and coordinates the complex permitting process for small hydroelectric facilities that produce 10 megawatts of energy or less. It cuts red tape and will stimulate small, rural, hydroelectric businesses and help create rural jobs. I worked closely with my co prime sponsor, Republican Representative Don Coram (R-Montrose) to gain bipartisan support. We worked with an inclusive, diverse group of stakeholders to build consensus.

June 3, Governor Hickenlooper signed HB 1301,my Safe Routes to School Funding Bill at the Capitol. It will make our communities safer and healthier for all.

June 10, I participated in the first meeting of the Joint House Senate Interim Transportation Legislation Review Committee at the Capitol. We heard testimony all day from various groups and individuals on topics including the trucking industry, distracted driving, transportation issues for the disabled, transportation funding, including local government concerns.

June 11, Steamboat Springs, attended and spoke briefly at welcome event for attendees of Colorado Foundation for Water Education’s Yampa River Basin Tour.

June 13,  Routt County Cattlewomens annual summer picnic at Joan Gibbs's ranch in Henderson Park. Yummy food, great people, and wonderful music by Randy Kelly

June 16, Edwards, CMC, Family Leadership Training Institute class of 2014 graduation ceremony. I was one of two keynote speakers, along with Eagle County Commissioner Kathy Chandler- Henry. It was inspiring! All the graduates developed community projects that will really improve lives for people in the Valley.

June 18, Gunnison Water conference and first hearing of 2014 Joint House/Senate Interim Water Resources Review Committee, with a focus on the Colorado Water Plan

June 20, Relay for Life, Steamboat Springs High School track. A community remembrance of those who have died, celebration of survivors, and pledge to fight for a cure. Here’s to the survivors and their families!



Governor Hickenlooper Signing my "Safe Routes to School" Bill.Diane voting for adjournment of the 2014 Session of the Colorado House of Representatives on May 7- Sine Die!Diane with Tonya Farmer, her children and their friend, visiting the Capitol from Gypsum to support education fundingDiane in Edwards for Eagle Valley Highway Clean Up Day with Team Edwards Rotary. Thanks to Chris Sena for leading our team!Diane listening to questions from the House Health, Insurance, and Environment Committee on SB162( Nicholson and Mitsch Bush), EMS pre-hospital provider quality assurance and confidentiality with witness Dr. Jeff Beckmann on April 29. The bill passed out of committee, the full House, and will soon be signed by Governor HickenlooperDiane and Representative Don Coram (R-Montrose) clapping for the family of our late, former State Senator Dave Wattenberg after presenting a memorial in his honor to the Colorado House on April 256 - 6<>

Please see the right hand panel on this newsletter for upcoming events I will attend in the rest of June and in July.


If you have an event you would like me to attend or speak at, please do let me know at repdianehd26@gmail.com. I look forward to seeing you, answering your questions, and discussing issues with you!


If you want to meet one-on-one or with a small group or if you want me to tour your business or organization, please do let me know! I want to listen to you and learn from you.



Yours for a just, equitable, sustainable, and prosperous Colorado for all,



Diane Mitsch Bush


Colorado State House of Representatives,

District 26-Eagle County and Routt County

P.O. Box 770535

Steamboat Springs, CO 80477




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