Former Aurora lawmaker honored in renewal of state’s organ donor awareness fund

AURORA SENTINEL | Ramsey Scott

Rep. Janet Buckner’s husband John Buckner represented Aurora in the state House from 2012 to 2015 when he contracted a virus that exacerbated an existing respiratory condition. While it was first thought not to be a life-threatening issue, Buckner died several weeks later in May 2015.

Janet Buckner speaks during the SDemocratic watch party on Tuesday Nov. 08, 2016 at Radisson Hotel Denver Southeast. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel
DENVER | Lawmakers this session used the renewal of the state’s organ donor awareness fund to honor Rep. Janet Buckner and her late husband, former Aurora Representative John Buckner.

The late Buckner represented Aurora in the state House from 2012 to 2015 when he contracted a virus that exacerbated an existing respiratory condition. While it was first thought not to be a life-threatening issue, John Buckner died several weeks later in May 2015.

Buckner was appointed to finish her late husband’s term in the 2016 legislative session and subsequently won election to the seat in November.

To recognize John Buckner’s legacy as an organ and tissue donor, lawmakers added his name to the state’s organ donation recognition fund when they renewed it for an additional decade this session. The fund will now be known as the Emily Maureen Ellen Keyes and John W. Buckner Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Fund. Continue reading
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