First Female Lieutenant Governor in Colorado
Nancy Dick is best known as Colorado’s first female Lieutenant Governor but before that historic role she served in the Colorado House of Representatives from 1975 to 1979. Representative Dick, a Democrat, was from Aspen and represented five counties on the Western Slope. She attended law school at the University of Denver while serving in the state legislature.
In 1975 and 1976, Rep. Dick was the vice-chair of the Transportation and Energy committee. She also served as the vice-chair of the interim committee on the Equal Rights Amendment.
She went on to become Lieutenant Governor from 1979 to 1987, serving with Governor Richard Lamm. Her emphasis as Lieutenant Governor was on rural economic development, public and private sector partnerships, cultural and trade exchanges, rural needs for health facilities and manpower, and citizen participation in state government.
She led successful trade missions to West Germany and China and is remembered in China for her visit to the “Colorado Canyon in China” and Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. Lieutenant Governor Dick said of Golden Whip Stream in the park, “It is the most beautiful place in the world, and I’ll remember this place forever.”
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