Christine Arbogast

Christine Arbogast is a native Coloradan, born in Pueblo and a graduate of Southern Colorado State College, now Colorado State University at Pueblo. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in both journalism and political science.

That educational focus has carried forward in Christine's professional life.  Following graduation, she was a reporter and editor in Canon City, Colorado, and then a news and feature writer for the Durango Herald in the southwestern corner of the state.  It was there that her interest in Native American issues and water resources began, and she was fortunate to be able to transfer that interest to a new career path in politics and government.

Christine began work with Congressman Ray Kogovsek in 1979, when he was elected to represent Colorado's sprawling Third District, which included nearly half of the state and reflected its diverse interests. She served as his press secretary and concentrated on legislative issues including Native American affairs, water, agriculture and local government. 

She remained in Washington until July of 1984, and returned to Colorado to work as a special projects administrator for the Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture at the time the department was establishing its Always Buy Colorado program, now known as Colorado Proud.

In 1985, Christine returned to work for Ray Kogovsek, who had chosen not to run for re-election to Congress. Since then, the small firm has worked primarily in the Western states on resource and tribal issues as well as local government concerns, capital construction projects and public land use.

Christine serves on the board of directors of the Colorado Water Congress and serves on the policy/advocacy and federal affairs committees. She also is Vice President and Chair of the Federal Affairs Committee of the National Water Resources Association and has twice received the President's Award. In 2016, the NWRA gave Christine the John F. Sullivan/G. Thomas Choules Award for one "whose service, promoting the regulatory/legislative/judicial agenda of the Association, was above and beyond that expected of a member of the leadership." This award has only been bestowed to five NWRA members. Christine is also a member of the Colorado River Water Users' Association.

She resides in Centennial, Colorado.