About Kathleen Curry

Kathleen Curry (photo)Kathleen Curry is a proud Colorado native who has called Gunnison home since 1998. She was hired to manage the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District after completing her graduate degree in Water Resources Planning and Management from Colorado State University. Her work managing the District lasted for six years, after which she was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives. As a freshman, she was appointed Chair of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. She successfully ran dozens of bills each year and specialized in water, agriculture, oil and gas, wildlife, and budget issues.

Kathleen at the Colorado State CapitolAfter leaving the General Assembly, Curry started a small governmental affairs consulting business and worked on several successful ballot initiatives. She actively supported the passage of a measure allowing unaffiliated voters to vote in primaries without having to join a party. She also supported the creation of non-partisan commissions to handle the drawing of new legislative and congressional district maps every ten years.

Along with continuing to work on political issues, Curry decided to pursue selling local foods as a way to support the agricultural sector on the west slope. She began selling their family’s grass-fed beef directly to customers and opened a retail store on Main Street in Gunnison that sold locally produced foods. When COVID requirements limited the ability of retailers to sell their products in person, Kathleen decided to try something new. She headed back to the Colorado Capitol as a professional lobbyist. She was extremely grateful to the water, wildlife, and agricultural entities that hired her to advocate for them in Denver these last five years. Working at the legislature as a lobbyist has been rewarding and challenging and confirmed her love of the legislative process.

Kathleen with her husband, Greg Peterson

Kathleen has two grown sons and feels fortunate that they were able to raise them in Gunnison. She is passionate about her kids and her family. She has been married to local rancher Greg Peterson for twenty years and is extremely proud to be part of their family cattle and hay operation.

The Colorado House District 58 serves eight counties: Dolores, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel, and parts of Delta and Montezuma counties. Colorado HD58 encompasses a diverse and picturesque region, blending urban and rural elements. Nestled in the heart of Colorado, it spans the communities of Gunnison, Paonia, Hotchkiss, Olathe, Montrose, Ouray, Telluride, and Dove Creek. The area is known for its agricultural heritage, featuring fertile lands supporting farming and ranching. With a population representing various backgrounds, House District 58 thrives on community engagement and a harmonious blend of tradition and progress.