Janet Buckner sworn in as new House District 40 representative

Janet Bucker was sworn in outside the Colorado House chambers on Wednesday afternoon. She will be taking her husband's seat for the 2016 legislative session that begins in January

DENVER | The wife of former Aurora Rep. John Buckner took the oath of office Wednesday to serve the remainder of his term in the state Legislature.

The late John W. Buckner, left, and Janet Buckner are seen in this undated photo. (Courtesy of Rebecca Moser)State Rep. Janet Bucker was sworn in outside the Colorado House chambers on Wednesday afternoon. She will take her late husband’s seat for the 2016 legislative session that begins in January.

John Buckner died May 28 after battling a respiratory illness. He was 67.

A committee of Arapahoe County House Democrats unanimously appointed Janet Buckner on June 25 to fill the vacancy.

“I do this to honor John’s memory, and for the people of House District 40,” Rep. Buckner said in a statement following the committee meeting. “I am honored and humbled to have been selected, and I aspire to serve the people of Aurora well.”

Janet Buckner retired in 2007 after a career as a speech and language therapist, as well as working in medical sales and hospital personnel management. She has a bachelor’s degree in education from Ball State University. She moved to Aurora in 1975 and has lived here ever since.

Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, D-Boulder, issued a statement in support of the selection of Buckner for the seat.

“Janet Buckner is a qualified, dedicated, and passionate advocate for the people of Aurora,” Hullinghorst said. “She will continue the legacy left by her husband, John, and represent her district with compassion, skill and grace. I’m thrilled that she’ll be joining our caucus, and for the opportunity to serve with her.”

Buckner has a son, Jay (Erin); twin daughters, Joy and Jennifer (Floyd); and three granddaughters.