About Joann

Senator Joann Ginal was voted to fill the vacancy seat for Senate District 14, representing Fort Collins in December of 2018

She currently is the Chairwoman of Local Government, and sits on the Agriculture /Livestock Committee.

A healthcare professional, bio-scientist and community leader, State Rep. Joann Ginal is a longtime Fort Collins resident and is proud to represent her community.

Dr. Joann Ginal has spent three terms representing Colorado House District 52, which is Fort Collins and parts of unincorporated Larimer County. During her terms in the House of Representatives, she served as the Chairwoman of the Health, Insurance & Environment Committee, she also served on the Public Health Care & Human Services Committee, and the Transportation and Energy Committee.

DENVER, CO – JANUARY 8: Colorado Governor elect Jared Polis stands with members of the state house and senate for a photo op before his inauguration at the Colorado State Capitol on Tuesday, January 8, 2019. (Photo by Aaron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post)

Rep. Ginal has focused much of her attention on healthcare and public health issues. Rep Ginal is concerned with the cost of medical care and has run legislation to increase transparency for the costs of prescription drugs.  She has sponsored a bill to help physicians and veterinarians to help pay back student loans, by working in rural areas.  Rep Ginal has expanded the scope of practice for Pharmacists, who at times are who people turn to for medical issues.

She also passed bills to create uniform standards for prior authorization of prescription medication, saving health care providers significant time and money and ultimately reducing costs for consumers.

Senator Joann Ginal talks to constituents at her Healthcare Community Forum on Feb. 23, 2019.

In 2019,  In 2015 she passed a state-wide bill for telehealth, which will help patients see their healthcare provider faster esp. in rural and underserved urban areas.  In 2013 she was the first to pass a law regulating naturopathic doctors in Colorado, which had failed for 22 years prior to Rep. Ginal’s legislation.

Rep. Ginal is also a champion for patients’ rights. She is the sponsor of the End of Life Options Act, which would allow the terminally ill to self-administer a lethal dose of medication rather than continue to suffer with an irreversible and incurable illness that, in the opinion of two doctors, will cause death within six months. She also passed a law to allow terminally ill patients to participate in clinical trials or use investigational drugs (also known as the “Dallas Buyer’s Club” bill). Colorado was the first to pass such a law, which 36 other states have passed since 2014.

Pharma Tech Signing
Signing of HB18-1313: Pharmacists to Serve as Practitioners on June 6, 2018 by Former Governor Hickenlooper.

Rep. Ginal has worked in the pharmaceutical and medical fields for over 20 years as a scientist specializing in reproductive endocrinology. Her positions in the pharmaceutical industry were in sales, marketing and clinical field research as a medical liaison specializing in women’s health, neurology and cardiology.

Before entering the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry, she was a professor of biology at Florida Institute of Technology, did aging research at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL and held teaching positions at Iowa State University and Colorado State University.

Senator Joann Ginal meeting with CSU Chancellor Tony Frank and Dr. Becky Takeda-Tinker on CSU’s 149th Birthday.

She has also been a lead biologist for several international eco- travel companies, leading expedition biodiversity trips down the Amazon River in Peru, Columbia and Brazil and African photo safaris in Kenya and Tanzania.  She recently returned from a months trek in Botswana and Namibia.

She earned a Ph.D. in reproductive endocrinology from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine, a Master’s degree in zoology, specialty in parasitology from Iowa State University and a Bachelor’s degree, with honors in biology from the University of New Hampshire and a minor in microbiology.

She has been an active member of the Fort Collins community for over 25 years. Rep Ginal served a total of 16 years on the City of Fort Collins Boards and Commissions. Eight years on the Commission for the Status of Women and eight years on the Human Relations Commission. She is a trained master naturalist for the City of Fort Collins and cares deeply about preserving the special places that make Fort Collins a nationally recognized place to raise a family, retire, enjoy the outdoors, start a business or receive an excellent education.

Rep. Ginal was raised in a working-class family, in Manchester, N.H. Her father was a police officer and her mother stayed at home, raised three children, and was a dedicated community volunteer. Her parents taught her the values of honesty, hard work, and the importance of giving back to the community.

In her spare time, Rep. Ginal loves being outdoors. Her favorite activities are hiking and slot canyoneering in Utah and Arizona. She has trekked for many weeks at a time in the U.S., Africa, Middle East, Europe, Asia and South America. Other activities include skiing, paddle boarding, riding her motorcycle and collecting vintage maps and books.