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Betsy Markey Edit Profile

also known as Elizabeth Helen Markey

United States Representative from Colorado

Betsy Markey, former United States Representative from Colorado. Named a Presidential Management Fellow, 1983; recipient Meritorious Honor award, United States Department State, 1986.


Markey, Betsy was born on April 27, 1956 in Cresskill, New Jersey, United States. Daughter of Thomas Francis and Catherine A. (Dillon) Markey.


Bachelor in Political Science, University Florida, 1978. Master of Arts in Public Administration, American University, 1983. Graduate, Colorado Institute Leadership Training, 2002.


Staff assistant to United States Senator John Durkin United States Senate, Washington, 1979. Staff assistant United States House of Representatives, 1979-1981. Senior assistant to vice president American University, 1981-1983.

Presidential management intern United States Department Treasury, 1983-1984. Chief policy & training division office Information Systems Security United States Department State, 1984-1987. Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer Syscom Services, Kensington, Missouri, 1989—1995.

Owner Huckleberry’s, Fort Collins, Colorado, 1995—2001. Regional director 4th Congressional district Senator Ken Salazar, 2005—2007. Member United States Congress from 4th Colorado District, 2009—2011.

Founder Northern Colorado Democratic Business Coalition, 2001. Chair Larimer County Democratic Party, 2002—2005.


Volunteer Christian Children's Fund, 1979—1983, Poudre R-1 School District. President board directors Food Bank Larimer County. Member of National Association of Female Executives, National Organization of Women, National Association Women Business Owners, International Network Women in Enterprise & Trade, Pi Alpha Alpha.


  • Other Interests

    Outdoor sports.


Married James Francis Kelly, May 5, 1984. Children: Katherine Angela, Erin Susan, Al.

Thomas Francis Markey

Catherine A. (Dillon) Markey

James Francis Kelly

Katherine Angela Markey

Erin Susan Markey

Al Markey