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2018 CLA Legislator of the Year

Colorado State Representative Jeni Arndt recognized for her commitment to livestock producers in Colorado

The Colorado Livestock Association named State Representative Jeni Arndt as its “Legislator of the Year” its recent Annual Meeting for her leadership and commitment to Colorado’s agriculture and livestock industry.

“Jeni believes that good politics and good legislation begins with good communication, early and often, and to reach out and engage those on both sides of any issue,” stated Bill Hammerich, CEO of Colorado Livestock Association. “She is a collaborator and she keeps her focus on the issue at hand and is not distracted by politics. CLA is honored to recognize her for her leadership and commitment to serve our state.”

Representative Jeni Arndt serves as the Chair of the Colorado House of Representative’s Agriculture Livestock and Natural Resources Committee, is a member of the Business Affairs and Labor Committee, House Select Committee on Climate Responsibility and the Statutory Revision Committee.

Jeni Arndt graduated from Poudre High School in Fort Collins, CO. She received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Colorado College, her M.A. in geography from the University of Colorado, her M.A. in special education from Purdue University and her PhD. in literacy from Purdue. She has completed M.B.A. coursework at Colorado State University. Her professional experience includes working as an ESL teacher, serving in the Peace Corps, teaching special education, serving as a middle school principal, and servings as a university faculty member.

Colorado Livestock Association members and staff strive to represent the voice of Colorado’s livestock producers at the state legislature. During the summer months CLA members host farm tours for legislators to give them an in-depth look at cattle and hog production and feeding, dairy farming, and cattle ranching. Following the beginning of the Legislative Session CLA hosts an annual Legislative Breakfast where legislators and CLA members have the opportunity to discuss current legislation and issues of importance to rural Colorado.

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