Alice Madden started her career in the high tech industry and then practiced law for nine years before running for office. First elected in 2000, Alice served four terms as a Colorado State Representative. Recognized as the architect of the stunning victories for progressives in 2004 and in 2006, Alice’s tenure also included four years (2004 - 2008) as House Majority Leader.
One of Alice’s main focuses during her time in the legislature was building the foundation for what is now referred to nationally as the New Energy Economy. Alice continued to apply her experience and passion for economic and environmental sustainability issues as Governor Ritter’s Climate Change Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff.
Two key accomplishments include taking Colorado to a 30% renewable energy standard by 2020 – the 2nd most aggressive standard in the nation, and overseeing the implementation of the groundbreaking Clean Air Clean Jobs Act that will lead to the early retirement of over 900MWs of coal power, to be replaced with cleaner burning fuels such as natural gas, wind and solar.
Alice also served as a Senior Fellow on Climate Change issues at the Center for American Progress.
Alice is a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Law School and is a die hard Buffs fan. She and her husband Pete are proud parents of two teens. Her entire family has a great love of the outdoors and they regularly take advantage of their beautiful surroundings and proximity to the Rocky Mountains. Her focus on sustainability and climate change comes from her desire to preserve what makes the American West so special.