Vice Chair, 4th Congressional District, Republican
Current Term 2011-2017
University of Colorado Regent Sue Sharkey, vice chair, has long been involved in leadership and business in the state and is a proud CU parent. She is the mother of three adult children, two of whom graduated from University of Colorado Boulder.
A Republican, she was elected in 2010 to the CU Board of Regents to represent Colorado’s 4th Congressional District. Her six-year term ends in January 2017. In addition to being elected vice chair for FY 2013 and re-elected for FY 2014, Sharkey chairs the capital construction subcommittee and is the regent representative to the CU Foundation Board. In 2012, she was instrumental in getting House Bill 1350, which extends resident student tuition to active duty military personnel and their dependents pursuing their education on CU campuses, passed by the Colorado legislature.
A resident of the 4th Congressional District since 1997, Sharkey and her husband, David Jordan, live in Castle Rock. Both belong to the board of the CU Parents Association.
Sharkey served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 2004 and 2008. Her other past leadership roles include president of the Larimer County Republican Women, executive board member of the Larimer County Republicans, member of the Larimer County CORE/Placement Board, Larimer County co-chair of the Women’s Coalition for Victory Campaign and a Cub Scout leader. In 2008, she was chosen to participate in the Leadership Program of the Rockies, which develops, strengthens and trains emerging leaders.
Raised in a military family, Sharkey lived in Taiwan, Germany, Washington, D.C., and other locales, where she experienced diverse cultures. She has considered Colorado home since her father retired in Colorado Springs, while she was in high school. Since then, she has lived along the Front Range in El Paso, Douglas and Larimer counties.
She gained early work experience in her parents’ retail store in Colorado Springs. Sharkey learned the family business and eventually took on management of a store. When the business was sold, Sharkey went to work for the investigative division of the El Paso County District Attorney’s Office. She later embarked on a marketing and public relations career in banking.