Mary K. Hogan, JD'96
Bruce B. Johnson Outstanding Young Alumni Award - 2007
Mary Kay Hogan began her “political” career in the third grade as a student council representative at Westgate Elementary in Lakewood, Colorado. Her bright mind and adventurous personality developed early in life, leading her to participate in opportunities such as a student exchange program in Australia during her junior year of high school and a one year teaching stint with the Japanese Exchange Teaching program in Takayama, Japan immediately following college. While earning a degree in economics from the University of Arizona, Mary Kay worked in numerous politically based internships including the Arizona State Senate, Democratic Senatorial Campaign, and in the D.C. offices of Senator Tim Wirth and Congressman Moe Udall. In 1993, Mary Kay began law school at the University of Denver, during which time she also worked for the Colorado Municipal League and clerked for Judge Gaspar Perricone. After receiving her law degree, Mary Kay accepted a position at Colorado Legislative Legal Services where she stayed until 1999 when she left to build a successful lobbying practice with partner Ruth Aponte. Over the next seven years, Mary Kay worked tirelessly on behalf of clients such as the Colorado Bar Association, the Colorado Women’s Bar Association and the Children’s Hospital. In 2006, Governor Bill Ritter invited Mary Kay to join his administration as Legislative Director, a position Mary Kay was honored and pleased to accept. Her responsibilities in this position primarily include the coordination of all executive agencies in the state of Colorado, aiding the Governor in developing legislative agendas, and ensuring that these agendas receive enough votes of support to pass legislation. Aside from her fantastic law career, Mary Kay has enjoyed extensive traveling, including scuba diving in Bonaire and traveling aboard the Trans Siberian Express from Beijing to Moscow. She is married to Matt Hogan and they have two children, Kassidy and Connor.