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Kerry Donovan

State Senate, Colorado District 5 2015-2018

Democratic Party

Since assuming office two years ago, Senator Kerry Donovan has succeeded in her efforts to work beyond party lines while advocating for the Central Mountain Region of Colorado. Known in the Senate as being detail-oriented and a creative problem-solver, all of her legislation has passed with bipartisan support. She has focused on advocating for public lands, bridging the rural-digital divide, and leveling the playing field for all Coloradans. She was recognized as the 2015 Legislator of the Year by Colorado Community College System.

Donovan, born and raised in Vail, Colorado, attended the University of Notre Dame earning a Bachelor of Science, pre-professional degree with a focus on anthropology.[1] Kerry runs her family ranch just up the road from Edwards. The Donovan family has owned Copper Bar Ranch since the early 80’s, although the land’s history extends back to the Homestead Act. The Copper Bar Ranch is a small business that is focused on proven homesteading practices. Donovan raises Highland Cattle, has a number of garden plots that produce vegetables for area restaurants, a noisy flock of chickens, as well as horses and mules and lastly, her dog Gary, rounds out the ranch.

Kerry has served a term on the Vail Town Council. While on town council, she has focused on conservation, historic character preservation, fiscal responsibility, and economic growth. She was elected in 2009, and as a top vote-getter, won a four year term. Previously, she has served on various other town commissions and on other non-profit boards.

Kerry also volunteers for a variety of causes and groups. Her main volunteer focus is a group called the Talon Crew, which consists of hundreds of people who volunteer to put on the world cup ski race in the Vail Valley each winter.