State Rep. Cheri Gerou was first elected to represent House District 25 in the General Assembly in 2008. She is currently chair of the House Appropriations Committee and vice chair of the Joint Budget Committee. Previously she served on the Health and Human Services Committee and the Finance Committee. She was a member of the Fiscal Stability Commission, the Pinnacol Assurance Committee and the Home Health Care Task Force in 2009.
Gerou was raised in a ranching family in Wyoming before moving to Colorado in 1975. She earned a degree in fine arts from the University of Colorado. Rep. Gerou was named the 2011 CU Legislative Alumni Award recipient. Gerou, an architect, works with her husband and business-partner, Phil, in Evergreen where she is principle and co-founder of Gerou & Associates, Ltd.
An active community member, Rep. Gerou has volunteered with children’s programs, historical non-profits, Drive-Smart Evergreen, Rotary, Kiwanis and Rockland Community Church. She is the former president of the Colorado and Denver chapters of the American Institute of Architects. She also served in the past as chair of the Constructors and Designers Alliance and various organizations supporting construction and the industry in Colorado. In February of 2011, Representative Gerou was elected to the American Institute College of Fellows, this is one of the highest national honors the Institute bestows on its members.
In 2006, Governor Owens appointed Rep. Gerou to the State Licensing Board of Architects, Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors where she served as board member, secretary and vice chair of Survey Quorum of Professional Land Surveyors. Rep. Gerou served on several committees as a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards during her tenure on the State Licensing Board.
Rep. Gerou and her husband reside in Evergreen where they raised their two children, Sara and Greg.