A Colorado native, Commissioner Mary Hodge was raised on the eastern plains of Colorado. Her mother was a science and math teacher at the local high school, her father a farmer, raising corn, wheat, and other grains. She graduated from Idalia High School, and then entered the University of Colorado at Boulder. At the end of her sophomore year she was married to Richard Hodge and they transferred to Colorado State College (now the University of Northern Colorado) from which she earned a Bachelor’s in elementary education.
Commissioner Hodge has had a varied work history. She taught first grade in School District 6 (Greeley), in a Montessori pre-school in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, co-owned and operated a small motel in Douglas, Wyoming, was a union clerk for Yellow Freight Systems and the office manager for Roadway Express, both in Aurora, Colorado.
First elected to House District 30 in 2000, Commissioner Hodge served eight years and finished her second term in the Colorado Senate in 2016 where she honorably served on the Joint Budget Committee. Commissioner Hodge’s even keel and fiscal responsibility directly influence every decision made in the Adams County budget. Consistently data-driven and outcome-focused, Mary Hodge has used her experience to protect Adams County tax dollars and make certain beneficial outcomes reach both urban residents and the rural plains.
Never one to rest on her laurels, Commissioner Hodge has assiduously maintained an equitable trajectory of projects for the eastern plains,. the most notable being the pioneering of an innovative new gravel road mixture and technique. Through trust and perseverance, Commissioner Hodge has elevated the gravel road program from a once reactive, complaint-driven program to one with clear expectations, immaculate drainage in former floodplains, and consistent project delivery of over one hundred new lane miles a year.
Another notable achievement driven by Commissioner Hodge comes in the designation of the new Colorado Air and Space Port. Mary was critical in championing this project, garnering political support and meticulously refining our proposal to expedite the comfort and trust of our partners at Denver International Airport. Being only the eleventh of its kind in the nation, The Colorado Air and Space Port is just one of many successes Mary launched into fruition.
Commissioner Hodge’s recent endeavors focus on public health in a variety of different avenues. She actively advocates for public health through the Adams County Water Quality Association, Boundary Control Commission, and Aurora Mental Health Center boards. After listening to residents and close consultation with other policymakers, Commissioner Hodge has become a harbinger for much needed coordinated mental health services to aid those afflicted with mental health issues.