Norma Anderson’s place in Colorado history was already secured, marked by a distinguished political career and groundbreaking achievements as the first woman majority leader in both chambers of the state legislature.
Little did she anticipate that her final political chapter would involve being the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking to disqualify Donald Trump from office.
At 91 years old, Anderson reflects on her unexpected role in what is now known as Trump v. Anderson. This legal battle centers on Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, prohibiting insurrectionists from holding public office.
The Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling in December applied this ban to Trump due to the events of January 6, 2021. Now, the former president seeks intervention from the US Supreme Court to overturn this decision.
Before her involvement in the case against Trump, Anderson left an indelible mark on Colorado’s political landscape. A trailblazer in her own right, she served 12 years in the statehouse, becoming the majority leader in the lower chamber from 1997 to 1998.
Subsequently, she secured a seat in the state Senate, achieving the role of majority leader in 2003. Anderson’s legislative focus spanned education, transportation, and healthcare.
Notable achievements include legislation to enhance child literacy, reduce in-state college costs, and establish a home nursing program funded by a landmark lawsuit against major tobacco companies.
As a lifelong Republican, Anderson’s departure from the Colorado legislature in 2006 coincided with shifting state politics. Despite this, she maintains her Republican identity, aligning with traditional Republican values such as a robust defense, business support, assistance for the less fortunate, limited government, and a fair tax base.
When asked about her preference for the 2024 presidential election, Anderson expresses support for Nikki Haley if she makes it to the ballot. Her alignment with old-fashioned Republican principles guides her political choices.
Engaging in a legal battle against Trump, especially in court, brings both acclaim and vitriol. Anderson acknowledges the overwhelming support from friends and family, with few exceptions of die-hard Trump supporters.
Reflecting on her long life and political journey, she emphasizes the unprecedented nature of Trump’s role in inciting an insurrection, setting him apart from other presidents she has witnessed in her lifetime.