|Member of the Colorado Senate
from the 19th district
January 7, 2009
|Preceded by||Sue Windels|
June 10, 1951 |
New York City
Evie Hudak (born June 10, 1951) is a state legislator in the U.S. state of Colorado. Elected to the Colorado State Senate as a Democrat in 2008, Hudak represents Senate District 19, which encompasses Arvada and Westminster, Colorado.
Hudak is a well-known advocate for children and public education with a long history of active involvement in her community. She was elected to the Colorado State Senate in 2008. Prior to that time, she served for 8 years as an elected member of the State Board of Education, representing the 2nd Congressional District. Hudak will be serving as the Vice Chair of the Senate Education Committee and a member of the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee during the 2010 session.
In the 2009 session, Senator Hudak sponsored a key education bill that aligned the state’s three different education accountability systems, based on student longitudinal growth. She also sponsored a major bill on parent involvement in education. Another of her bills was one that clarified the governance of library districts by refining some of the language in the law and requiring the creation of maps of all library districts. For this bill, she received the Friend of Libraries Award from the Colorado Library Association.
Senator Hudak is an active participant in many community organizations, including the Business and Professional Women, the local Chamber of Commerce, and the League of Women Voters. For the last 16 years, she has served on the Colorado PTA Board of Directors, and she serves on her local PTA council’s board of directors as well.
Senator Hudak is a former teacher with two decades of experience at the K-12 and college levels. She served for several years as the state director of the School Readiness Quality Improvement Program in the Colorado Department of Human Services. She has been married to Edward Hudak for 37 years; they have one child, daughter Genevieve, a computer programmer who graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Evie Hudak had no opposition in the August Democratic primary, but faced Republican Libby Szabo in the November 2008 general election. Hudak's candidacy was endorsed by the Arvada Press, the Wheat Ridge Transcript, and the Westminster Window, while her Republican challenger was endorsed by the Denver Post. Hudak won the legislative race with 51 percent of the popular vote.
2009 legislative session
For the 2009 session of the Colorado General Assembly, Hudak was named to seats on the Senate Education Committee, the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the Senate Finance Committee, where she will serve as vice-chair.
Amanda Collins controversy and recall petition
In March, 2013, while in a legislative hearing about legislation to ban concealed carry firearms from college campuses, rape survivor Amanda Collins shared her story of survival against convicted rapist and murderer James Biela and how she wished she would’ve had a firearm to defend herself. Hudak responded: "I just want to say, statistics are not on your side, even if you had had a gun. You said that you were a martial arts student, I mean person, experience in tae kwon do, and yet because this individual was so large and was able to overcome you even with your skills, and chances are that if you had had a gun, then he would have been able to get than from you and possibly use it against you..." Hudak's comments sparked outrage and was deemed to be insensitive to rape victims. In response to Hudak's comments to Collins, a recall petition was created by several concerned Colorado citizens. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Recall-Colorado-State-Senator-Evie-Hudak/348832865225981?ref=stream 
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