DENVER — State Rep. Buffie McFadyen, D-Pueblo West, made a name for herself fighting for the corrections officers in her district for eight years at the State Capitol. Now that her days as a legislator are behind her, McFadyen finds herself fighting for prison employees again, but in a new capacity.
In her post-legislative existence, McFadyen will continue her career in land development in Pueblo County and venture into a new arena as a contracted advocate for the interests of prison employees nationwide and opposing the private-prison industry.
The term-limited lawmaker said her pet issue, state employees in Southern Colorado in particular, faces a difficult legislative session ahead as the General Assembly finds ways to pare $1 billion from the state budget.
“As state employees go, so does the Southern Colorado economy,” McFadyen said. “(Term-limited) Sen. Abel Tapia (D-Pueblo)and I teamed up to protect Southern Colorado as best we could. It’s going to be on some newcomers to do it now. They need to have the political will on both sides of the aisle to accomplish that. It’s going to be daunting.”