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The Honorable Gloria Travis Tanner

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Senator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Soul Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Holiday Season
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
This Too Shall Pass.

Birthplace

Born:
7/16/1934
Birth Location:
Atlanta, Georgia

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Senator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Soul Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Holiday Season
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
This Too Shall Pass.

Birthplace

Born:
7/16/1934
Birth Location:
Atlanta
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Biography

Former Colorado state senator Gloria Travis Tanner was born on July 16, 1934, in Atlanta, Georgia, to Blanche Arnold Travis and Marcellus Travis. Tanner received her B.A. degree in political science and graduated magna cum laude from Metro State College in 1974. She received her M.A. degree in urban affairs from the University of Colorado in 1976. In addition, Tanner graduated from the American Management Association Program for Women in Top Managerial Positions and the Women in Leadership Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Tanner worked as an administrative assistant for the Office of Hearings and Appeals at the United States Department of the Interior from 1967 to 1972. She worked as a reporter and feature writer for the Denver Weekly News, one of the leading African American newspapers in the Denver area, from 1972 through 1976. From 1976 to 1978, Tanner was the executive assistant to Colorado lieutenant governor George L. Brown, one of the first black lieutenant governors since Reconstruction. She then worked for Senator Regis Groff as the executive director of his communications office. Tanner was elected as a member of the Colorado State House of Representatives for District 7 in 1985 and served as the House Minority Caucus leader from 1987 through 1990. She was the second African American to be elected to a leadership position in the Colorado House of Representatives. In 1994, Tanner was appointed to the Colorado State Senate to replace Regis Groff who resigned to take a position elsewhere. She was the first African American woman to serve as a Colorado state senator, and held the seat until the year 2000. During her seventeen years in public service, she initiated and sponsored legislation on key issues such as marital discrimination in the workplace, parental responsibility, worker’s compensation cost savings, civil rights for women and minorities, and parental rights for adoptive parents.

Tanner is a widow and has three children: Terrance Ralph, Tanvis Renee, and Tracey Lynne.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Gloria Travis Tanner describes her mother's family background
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Gloria Travis Tanner describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Gloria Travis Tanner remembers the holidays
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable Gloria Travis Tanner describes the Gray Street School in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - The Honorable Gloria Travis Tanner recalls her extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - The Honorable Gloria Travis Tanner remembers David T. Howard High School in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - The Honorable Gloria Travis Tanner describes the sounds and smells of her childhood
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Gloria Travis Tanner remembers Auburn Avenue in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Gloria Travis Tanner recalls her aspiration to attend college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Gloria Travis Tanner describes her activities at David T. Howard High School in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Gloria Travis Tanner remembers her time in the U.S. Air Force, pt. 1
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Gloria Travis Tanner remembers her time in the U.S. Air Force, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Gloria Travis Tanner recalls meeting her husband
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Gloria Travis Tanner describes her early career in Denver, Colorado
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - The Honorable Gloria Travis Tanner describes her political activities in Denver, Colorado
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - The Honorable Gloria Travis Tanner talks about her career in real estate
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Gloria Travis Tanner remembers the Civil Rights Movement
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  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Gloria Travis Tanner recalls the assassinations of the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Gloria Travis Tanner remembers her first political campaign
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Gloria Travis Tanner describes her tenure in the Colorado House of Representatives, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Gloria Travis Tanner describes her tenure in the Colorado House of Representatives, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Gloria Travis Tanner talks about her tenure in the Colorado State Senate
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  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - The Honorable Gloria Travis Tanner remembers her work with NOBEL Women
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  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Gloria Travis Tanner describes her hopes for women in politics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Gloria Travis Tanner describes her mentorship of aspiring black female politicians
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Gloria Travis Tanner remembers the 2008 Democratic National Convention
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Gloria Travis Tanner talks about the election of President Barack Obama
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Gloria Travis Tanner remembers meeting Nelson Mandela
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Gloria Travis Tanner reflects upon her life, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Gloria Travis Tanner talks about her family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - The Honorable Gloria Travis Tanner describes her plans for the future
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - The Honorable Gloria Travis Tanner shares her advice for aspiring politicians
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - The Honorable Gloria Travis Tanner describes her concerns for the African American community
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  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Gloria Travis Tanner reflects upon her life, pt. 2
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