State Representative Jeni Arndt — House District 53

Member of Business Affairs and Labor Committee
Chair of Agriculture, Livestock, and Natural Resource Committee 

Fort Collins has been home since I was three weeks old. When I was away—in college, in the Peace Corps, in graduate school, living and working in Mozambique, Africa—I always considered Fort Collins my home. When the opportunity arose to live anywhere, my husband, Channing, and I enthusiastically returned to Fort Collins with our three children. We live three blocks from where I grew up.

 After attending Moore Elementary, Blevins Junior High School, and graduating from Poudre High School, I earned an undergraduate degree in Sociology at Colorado College. Soon afterwards I earned an MA in Geography from the University of Colorado followed by an MA in Special Education from Purdue University in Indiana.  I earned a Ph.D. in Literacy from Purdue, and currently I am midway through an MBA at Colorado State University.  I’m a strong advocate for education and literacy.

Over time—through schooling, work and volunteering—I have gained knowledge and experience leading to insights I hope to share by contributing to the welfare of my community.

My work experience includes: Congressional intern, ESL teacher, Peace Corps volunteer, secondary special education teacher, middle school principal, International Baccalaureate Coordinator, university faculty member and department head. I have served on school boards in Indiana and in Mozambique. Public education is one of the critical issues we face in House District 53.  In the Seventy-First Colorado General Assembly I serve as Chair of the House Agriculture, Livestock & Natural Resources Committee and member of House Business Affairs and Labor Committee and the Statutory Revision Commission. In addition, I have been appointed Chair of the Water Resources Review Committee, Vice Chair of the Western Council of State Governments’ Agriculture and Water Committee, and I serve on the Colorado Commission of Higher Education in an advisory capacity.

Listen: Interview with Jeni Arndt