Lee Bahrych, who served as chief clerk of the Colorado House of Representatives, retired from the state more than two decades ago but her legacy lives on today.
It was her idea that when a former representative passed away, their families be invited into the House chamber when the memorial was read and adopted. When she realized those touring the Capitol had no where to sit, she designed benches that were placed on all the legislative floors. And she understood long before her peers that technology was going to change the place and chaired a committee to make it happen.
Glee Coffman Bahrych, known as “Lee,” died April 10, 2016 at the age of 90. Bahrych, who began working for the legislature in 1970 and became the chief clerk in 1985, will be memorialized at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the old Supreme Court chamber.
Former Rep. Jeff Schoemaker will deliver the eulogy.
“Lee Bahrych was truly the ‘Lady of House,'” said the current chief House clerk, Marilyn Eddins. “I don’t remember who coined that phrase, but it’s true. Because of her I have loved every minute of my work in this beautiful building.”