|First Lady of Denver|
July 15, 1991 - July 21, 2003
|Ellen Hart Peña|
|Member of the Colorado General Assembly|
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Wellington Webb (m. 1969)|
|Alma mater||Harvard University|
Wilma J. Webb (born 1944 in Denver, Colorado) is an American politician who served as a member of the Colorado General Assembly from 1980 to 1993. She sponsored dozens of bills including school reform and equality initiatives. She is best known for sponsoring legislation that adopted Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday as a Colorado state holiday prior to it becoming a national holiday, and for her efforts to educate youth about King's legacy.
Webb was born to parents Faye and Frank Gerdine in Denver, Colorado in 1944. Webb attended the University of Colorado Denver without obtaining a degree. As a state legislator, she attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1988.
She married Wellington Webb in 1969. He later became the first African American Mayor of Denver, serving from 1991 to 2003. She was the first First Lady of Denver to have held political office herself.
During her time in the Colorado State Legislature, she became the first African-American member of the Legislature's Joint Budget Committee (the Legislature's most powerful six-member committee), helping write the state's $4 billion budget in 1981.
She and her husband have four adult children. She is a member of Zion Baptist Church of Denver, Colorado, and of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority.
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