About Joann

Dr. Joann Ginal is currently serving as a Colorado State Senator in Senate District 14 representing Fort Collins and Larimer County.  She serves as Chair of the Senate Local Government Committee and as a member of the Health and Human Services Committee.  She has been a resident of Fort Collins for over 30 years.


Senator Ginal’s commitment to public service was instilled in her by her parents.  Raised in a working class family in Manchester, NH, her father was a police officer and her mother was a dedicated community volunteer.  The Ginals were a union family and, if fact, Senator Ginal is an IBEW member today having worked in an electrical meter box factory in NH.  During World War II, her father served in the Navy in the South Pacific, while her uncles served in North Africa and the European Theater. Both her brothers served in the Army and Senator Ginal was a member of the Air Force ROTC.  Her parents taught her the value of honesty and hard work, and the importance of giving back to the community and to our country.  These values have influenced Senator Ginal’s passion for helping people and communities, which led her on a successful career path as an educator, healthcare professional, bio-scientist, community leader, and state legislator.

Dr. Ginal has served in the Colorado Legislature for the past eight years.  First, as a State Representative in District 52 from 2012-2018 and as a State Senator in Senate District 14 for the last two years.  She is currently running to retain her Senate position in the November 2020 election.

Before holding elected office, Senator Ginal spent 25 years as a scientist specializing in reproductive endocrinology in the pharmaceutical and medical industry.  Her dedication to improved healthcare included holding positions spanning from sales and marketing to clinical field research as a medical liaison specializing in women’s health, neurology and cardiology.  She is currently the only scientist in the Colorado State Senate.  Her contributions to matters related to healthcare and public health are significant.

Before her business experience, Senator Ginal was a professor of biology at Florida Institute of Technology, researched aging issues at the University of Florida in Gainesville, and held teaching positions at Iowa State University and Colorado State University.  She earned a Ph.D. in reproductive endocrinology from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine, a Master’s degree in zoology, with a specialty in parasitology from Iowa State University, and a Bachelor’s degree, with honors in biology from the University of New Hampshire and a minor in microbiology.  Dr. Ginal brings empathy, experience and understanding to discussions important to education.

Also, Dr. Ginal has been a lead biologist for several eco-travel companies, leading expedition biodiversity trips down the Amazon River in Peru, Columbia and Brazil, and African photo safaris in Kenya and Tanzania.  She has also trekked in Botswana and Namibia.  Through these travels, she has gained appreciation for the protection of our environment and endangered species in South America and Africa.

Senator Ginal has been an active member of the Fort Collins community serving on City Boards and Commissions for 16 years.  She served eight years on the Commission on the Status of Women followed by another eight years on the Human Relations Commission.  Senator Ginal is a trained master naturalist for the City of Fort Collins and cares deeply about preserving the extraordinary places that make Fort Collins a national recognized area to live, work, retire, enjoy the outdoors, and receive an excellent education.  Once again, Senator Ginal communicates clearly with the concerns of her constituents.

Senator Ginal loves being outdoors.  Her favorite activities include hiking and slot canyoneering in Utah, Nevada and Arizona.  She has trekked for many weeks at a time in the US, Africa, Middle East, Europe, Asia and South America.  Along with those adventures, she enjoys skiing, paddle boarding, riding her motorcycle and collecting vintage maps and books.