Joseph Garcia

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Joseph Garcia
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Lieutenant Governor of Colorado
In office
January 11, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 2015
Years in position 3
Predecessor Barbara O'Brien (D)
Base salary$68,500
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 2, 2010
Campaign $$4,579,658
Term limitsNone
Prior offices
President of CSU-Pueblo
2007 - 2010
High schoolT.C. Williams High School (1975)
Bachelor'sUniversity of Colorado at Boulder (1979) (Business)
J.D.Harvard University (1983)
BirthdayMarch 21, 1957
Place of birthPueblo, Colorado
Office website
Personal website
Joseph Garcia (b. March 21, 1957, in Pueblo, Colorado) is the 48th and current Democratic Lieutenant Governor of Colorado. He was first elected to the position in 2010 on a ticket with Gov. John Hickenlooper, and re-teamed with Hickenlooper to win his second term in November 2014.

Garcia defeated Tambor Williams (R), Ken Wyble (L), Pat Miller (C), Victoria A. Adams (I) and Heather A. McKibben (I) in the general election on November 2, 2010 and assumed office as Lieutenant Governor on January 11, 2011.[1][2]

Before becoming lieutenant governor, Garcia was president of Colorado State University at Pueblo for four years. During his time at CSU, he served as co-chair on then-Governor Bill Ritter's P-20 Education Task Force. He was also one of three Colorado commissioners on the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE), which he now chairs. Prior to joining CSU, Garcia was president of Pikes Peak Community College and executive director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies in the administration of another former Governor, Roy Romer.[3]

Garcia ran for re-election in November 2014, before his first term expires in January 2015. Joseph Garcia won the general election on November 4, 2014. Prior to formalizing his bid for re-election, Garcia had been considered a potential 2014 candidate for the U.S. House, as a challenger to Republican 3rd District Rep. Scott Tipton.[4]


Garcia was born in Pueblo, Colorado. He attended Lathrop High School and T.C. Williams High School. He graduated from University of Colorado with a B.S. in business in 1979, and went on to earn his law degree from Harvard University School of Law in 1983.[5]

Garcia was president of Pikes Peak Community College from 2001 to 2006.[2] He has also worked as the executive director of Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, the president of Colorado State University-Colorado Springs, lecturer at Colorado University-Colorado Springs, Colorado University-Denver, Colorado College and Pikes Peak Community College, and as a litigation partner at Holme Roberts and Owen.[2]


  • Lathrop High School (1975)[6]
  • T.C. Williams High School (1975)
  • B.S. in business - University of Colorado at Boulder (1979)
  • J.D. - Harvard University (1983)

Political career

Colorado Lieutenant Governor (2011-Present)

Garcia first assumed office as Lieutenant Governor of Colorado in 2011, following his election in November 2010 on a ticket with Governor John Hickenlooper. Garcia succeeded Barbara O'Brien (D) in the position.[2]



See also: Colorado Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014 and Colorado's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Garcia ran for re-election as Lieutenant Governor of Colorado in 2014. He teamed up once again with his 2010 running mate and current Gov. John Hickenlooper on the Democratic ticket to win the election on November 4, 2014. Before opting to seek a second term as lieutenant governor, Garcia was considered a potential Democratic challenger to incumbent Republican 3rd District Rep. Scott Tipton in the 2014 U.S. House elections.[4]


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