Senator Al White
The Hillsboro Educational Foundation honored Senator Al White, Class of 1968, with its 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award. White, a state senator in Colorado, confessed that he "may never live in Hillsboro again, but Hillsboro will always live in my heart."
Jim Beck presented Sen. White's award. Beck, a classmate of White's, said he has known the senator since they were both 10 years old. They graduated together and were inducted into the U.S. Army together. A resident of Hayden, CO, White is currently serving his first term as a State Senator in Colorado after completing eight years as a State Representative there."Al White is truly a man of integrity," Beck said before quipping, "he probably wouldn't do very well in Illinois politics." After graduating high school and serving in the Army, he enrolled in the University of Colorado. He eventually moved to the mountains of Winter Park and began a career in the ski business. Over the next 25 years, White owned and operated several full service ski shops, a bike shop, and a mountain lodge. While a businessman, he served on several boards including recreation districts, water boards, and chambers of commerce. During his term in office, White was Assistant Majority Leader, Vice Chair of the Business Affairs and Labor Committee, member of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, and the Education Committee. He also served on the Water Resources Review Committee and the Legislative Audit Committee, and was the House appointee to the Colorado Tourism Office board for six years. For the past three years, Sen. White has served on the Joint Budget Committee, comprised of only three members from the House and three members from the Senate."The Senator may not admit it yet," Beck said, "but the buzz on the streets of Denver is 'Al White for Governor.'"