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State Sen. Jean White, R-Hayden, leans against her chair on the senate floor Thursday at the state capitol building in Denver. White has served in the legislature for about a month-and-a-half, but said her experience helping with her husband’s career as a lawmaker has made the transition smoother. Photo by Brian Smith

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State Sen. Jean White, R-Hayden, stands outside of the state capitol building Thursday in Denver. White was appointed to serve the remaining two years of her husband Al’s senate term. Al White served in the Colorado legislature for about 10 years before being appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper to run the Colorado Tourism Office. Photo by Brian Smith

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Legislator Jean White talks with students from Hayden Middle School’s student council about her work at the state capitol Thursday in Denver. White praised the students for being interested in government and encouraged them to try and make a difference in their community. “I wouldn’t underestimate the power that you have, and that power can only be found if you get involved,” she said. Photo by Brian Smith

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Freshman senator Jean White said she’s concerned about two large industries in Northwest Colorado — energy and tourism. Photo by Brian Smith

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Jean White, R-Hayden, listens to testimony in committee Thursday in Denver. White said it is often a difficult task balancing all of the work that comes with being a state senator. Photo by Brian Smith

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Jean White, R-Hayden, looks up at the capitol dome Thursday while letting two students from Rifle High School shadow her for the day. Photo by Brian Smith

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State Sen. Jean White, R-Hayden, takes a phone call in her office in the state capitol in Denver. Photo by Brian Smith

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State Sen. Jean White, R-Hayden, talks about the role of lobbyists in the legislative process with students from Rifle High School that were shadowing her for the day Thursday in Denver. Photo by Brian Smith

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