|Lieutenant Governor of Colorado|
|January 11, 2011 - Present|
|Years in position||3|
|Predecessor||Barbara O'Brien (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 2, 2010|
|President of CSU-Pueblo|
|2007 - 2010|
|High school||T.C. Williams High School (1975)|
|Bachelor's||University of Colorado at Boulder (1979) (Business)|
|J.D.||Harvard University (1983)|
|Birthday||March 21, 1957|
|Place of birth||Pueblo, Colorado|
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.
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.
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.
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.
Garcia was president of Pikes Peak Community College from 2001 to 2006. 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.
- Lathrop High School (1975)
- T.C. Williams High School (1975)
- B.S. in business - University of Colorado at Boulder (1979)
- J.D. - Harvard University (1983)
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.
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.
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