Rachel Zenzinger took her position as Colorado’s State Senator for District 19 on Dec. 13, 2013. She currently serves on two committees: the Senate Education Committee and the Local Government Committee. The latter committee included in its most recent projects the mitigation efforts relating to Colorado’s most recent flooding and wildfires. She is also the Senate advisor to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.
Previous to her Senate career, she served on the Arvada City Council (2009-2013), and she spent two of those years (2011-2013) as the city’s Mayor Pro Tem. Her professional background is in the field of education, with extensive training and experience in the area of adult learning.
She moved to the Arvada-Westminster area in 2002, and she served the community in a variety of capacities, including as a board member for the Arvada Community Food Bank and the Arvada Council for the Arts and Humanities. She served as a member of the Arvada Capital Improvement Project Committee, as a board member for the Arvada Children’s Charity Ball and as a volunteer for the Ralston House; and she has participated in various community roundtables. She is also a member of the Arvada Jefferson Kiwanis and Spirit of Christ Catholic Community. She is a graduate of the Transit Alliance Citizens’ Academy.
In connection with her role as an Arvada City Council member, she filled numerous other capacities, including the following:
She served on the Jeffco Transportation Action Advisory Group, APEX Coordinating Committee, Gold Line Advisory Committee, Arvada Transportation Committee, and Metro Vision Issues Committee of the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG). She served as treasurer of DRCOG, and when she left DRCOG in 2013 she was secretary of the Executive Committee. She was the City Council’s appointed representative to the Metro North Chamber of Commerce, the alternate to Arvada Sister Cities International, and the alternate to the Adams County Economic Development Association.
She has engaged in those community efforts while raising two children, Sophia and Olivia. She earned her graduate degree at Regis University with a Master of Arts in Adult Learning, Training & Development. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Regis University with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in education and a Colorado State Secondary Teaching License.
She was named by the Arvada Chamber of Commerce as one of that organization’s Young Professionals of the Year in 2011; and in 2012, she was named by the Denver Post as one of Colorado’s Up-and-Coming Most Influential Women. Later in 2012, the Northwest Business and Professional Women named her their Woman of the Year.
She worked for Regis University as coordinator for the Master of Arts in Education program and she represented Regis on the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Education Taskforce.
Rachel was born and raised in Western Colorado and moved to the Front Range to attend college. She was awarded the Regis University Community Service award and inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society.