Democratic committee selects Janet Buckner for HD 40 seat

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AURORA | The widow of state Rep. John W. Buckner will serve the remaining 18 months of his term in the Colorado Legislature.

The late John W. Buckner, left, and Janet Buckner are seen in this undated photo. (Courtesy of Rebecca Moser)A committee of Arapahoe County House Democrats on Thursday, June 25, unanimously appointed Janet Buckner to fill the vacancy created after the May 28 death of her husband, John.

Janet Buckner had announced June 15 that she wanted to be considered for the appointment.

“I do this to honor John’s memory, and for the people of House District 40,” Rep.-designate Buckner said in a statement following the committee meeting. “I am honored and humbled to have been selected, and I aspire to serve the people of Aurora well.”

Buckner retired in 2007 after a career as a speech and language therapist, as well as working in medical sales and hospital personnel management. She has a bachelor’s degree in education from Ball State University. She moved to Aurora in 1975 with John and has lived here ever since.

Buckner’s appointment becomes official after it is certified by the Secretary of State’s office and she is sworn in by the Legislature, which is projected to take place sometime in July.

Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, D-Boulder, issued a statement in support of the selection of Buckner for the seat.

“Janet Buckner is a qualified, dedicated, and passionate advocate for the people of Aurora,” Hullinghorst said in the release. “She will continue the legacy left by her husband, John, and represent her district with compassion, skill and grace. I’m thrilled that she’ll be joining our caucus, and for the opportunity to serve with her.”

Buckner has a son, Jay (Erin); twin daughters, Joy and Jennifer (Floyd); and three granddaughters.