Mary Estill Buchanan describes and reflects on a long career in politics in Colorado as a moderate Republican. Her career has included campaigns for University of Colorado regent, the U.S. Congress, and the U.S. Senate. She served as Colorado Secretary of State from 1974-1983. She also served on the Colorado State Board of Agriculture and the Colorado Commission on the Status of Women. She tells behind-the-scenes stories about her campaigns for office and about a near-appointment as chair of the Federal Trade Commission that was scuttled at the last minute due to the impending appointment of Sandra Day O’Connor to the Supreme Court. She also details the reforms she pursued as Colorado Secretary of State and the ways in which the Commission on the Status of Women sought to increase women’s participation in politics.