About Anne

DSC_0643Neighborhood leader

The 22-year resident of the district served on the board of the West Washington Park Neighborhood Association so she understands the role City Council serves in solving neighborhood concerns from safety to traffic congestion.

Accomplished State Representative

Anne represented House District 3 in the Colorado Legislature from 2003 to 2009. She chaired the House Health and Human Services Committee and served on Appropriations, Judiciary and Information and Technologies Committees.

The Denver Business Journal named her Health Care Power Book Winner in 2006 for her work championing health care reform. She passed legislation that let parents keep children on their health insurance coverage to age 25.

During her six years representing House District 3 — that included portions of Denver and Arapahoe Counties, Anne garnered numerous awards including:

  • Support for Mental Health Treatment award from Arapahoe House for her work chairing the Joint Task Force for the Study of Behavioral Health Issues.
  • Legislative Excellence Award, Colorado Public Health Association, for successfully sponsoring legislation that modernized Colorado’s public health system for the first time on 60 years.
  • Outstanding Leadership Award, Colorado Women’s Bar Association.
  • Most Effective State Representative, Colorado Confidential
  • Legislative Award, Health Care for All Colorado,

Currently in private practice, Anne’s legal expertise ranges from health care, employment and environmental policy to banking and business issues. Early in her career she worked as a psychiatric social worker responsible for a 60-bed inpatient unit.

Extensive City Experience

As president and chairwoman of Denver Capital Leasing Corporation, a quasi-governmental agency, Anne oversaw the financing and construction of several multi-million dollar projects, including Denver Human Services Building and Family Crisis Center, located just north of District 7 on Federal Boulevard.

As outside counsel to Denver’s City Attorney, Anne helped resolve a superfund case, oversaw drafting of documentation the City and the Denver Urban Renewal Authority needed to secure federal funding for Denver’s low-income housing program. She also successfully represented former police chief David Michaud.

Outdoor enthusiast

An avid outdoors enthusiast, she served on the board of Yellowstone Ecosystems Studies, a not for profit organization that conducted studies of Yellowstone National Park ecosystems, and Denver Trout Unlimited.

Education

Anne earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from McGill University and masters of social work from Florida State University. She graduated from Florida State University College of Law with honors.

Urban Gardner

The West Washington Park Garden tour has featured Anne’s organic vegetable and flower garden and xeriscape front yard. “There’s nothing like hand on dirt. You see things grown and then your get to literally eat the fruits of your labor,” says the urban gardener.

Dog Lover

McGihon is on her sixth generation of boarder collies. Her two most recent include Lefty, a rescue dog named for his tendency to only circle left –not his politics – and Guinevere, who she adopted from MaxFund, a no-kill shelter.

She is an incoming board member of PetAid, the healthcare safety net for pets.