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Colorado State Board of Education

Steve Durham Profile

Steve Durham (R)

5th Congressional District, Colorado Springs
Terms of Office: January 2017 – January 2023

5th Congressional District, Colorado Springs.


Steve J. Durham, representing the 5th Congressional District, was appointed in December, 2014, to fill a mid-term vacancy. Steve was then elected in November, 2016  to serve a six-year term, commencing January 11, 2017 and ending in January, 2023. 

A former state legislator, Durham has lived most of his life in Colorado Springs. He graduated from Cheyenne Mountain High School in 1965 and the University of Northern Colorado in 1969.

Steve was elected to the Colorado General Assembly in 1974.  He was re-elected to the House of Representatives in 1976 and 1978 and elected to the Senate in 1980.  Steve resigned in 1981 to accept an appointment from President Reagan to serve as the Regional Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency for Region VIII.  Steve Durham was re-elected to the Colorado State Senate in 1984 and retired in 1988.

In 1975, his colleagues elected Steve Durham as “Outstanding Freshman Member of the House of Representatives,” and in 1988 his colleagues voted him as the “Most Influential Member of the Colorado State Senate.” 

Durham is married to his wife of 42 years, Rose A. Durham, and has one daughter, Lisa, a mother of two and an attorney in private practice in Tucson, Arizona.   Durham has lived in Colorado Springs since 1957 and has been a member of numerous civic organizations. He currently represents the Colorado State Board of Education as a member of the School Trust Lands committee.

For additional information, e-mail: state.board@cde.state.co.us.