|Governor of Colorado|
|January 11, 2011 - Present|
|January 13, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Predecessor||Bill Ritter (D)|
|Base salary||$90,000 per year|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||2 terms|
|Mayor of Denver|
|2004 - 2010|
|Birthday||February 7, 1952|
Hickenlooper was born in Narbergh, Pennsylvania. After losing his father, he was raised by his mother; he credits his approach to managing Denver's budget to her exceptionally frugal housekeeping, something she learned after living through the Depression.
He earned both a BA and MA from Wesleyan University and moved to Denver in 1981 to take a job as a geologist with Buckhorn Petroleum at the height of the city's oil boom. He lost his when Denver's economy faltered in the 1980s and ultimately became a key player in revitalizing downtown Denver LoDo district. He bought a neglected warehouse in the district's heart and, in 1988, founded what is now the The Wynkoop Brewing Co. at 16th and Wynkoop. In the late 1980s, the area of Denver between Union Station and the Capitol Hill was dangerous and rundown; a key aspect of his business's success was in drawing people to visit at all.
Redeveloping the Denver Bronco's home stadium and bringing a Major League Baseball franchise to the city were huge boosts to redeveloping the city and Hickenlooper was heavily involved in both. Today, the Colorado Rockies' play at Coors Field; the decision to situate the stadium at 20th and Blake in the northern part of the LoDo neighborhood was a coup for the businessmen working to improve the area's reputation.
LoDo is today filled with high end shopping and restaurants; its residential areas feature lofts that sell for close to seven figures and Hickenlooper's restaurant, often simply referred to as "the Wynkoop", is seen as anchor of downtown Denver.
- Wesleyan University (M.A.), 1980
- Wesleyan University (B.A.), 1974
Governor of Colorado (2011-Present)
Hickenlooper first won election in 2010 and assumed office in January 2011.
Hickenlooper signed a bill reforming state education funding on May 21, 2013. Senate Bill 213 proposed changes to school funding that would bolster budgets for early education programs, struggling school districts and programs that help at-risk youth. This legislation requires $925 million in additional taxes that must be approved by initiative by 2017. Hickenlooper urged more funding for public schools during his 2010 gubernatorial campaign, citing Colorado's relatively small education budget. "Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming all spend more per pupil than Colorado. In fact only two neighboring states (Arizona and Utah) spend less on education than we do," stated Hickenlooper on his campaign website.
Hickenlooper called for a further expansion of Colorado Medicaid to cover 160,000 more people, including the 86,000 college students in Colorado with incomes below the federal poverty line and other college students with annual incomes above the federal poverty line up to $15,414. Even if the federal government paid all costs of this expansion for the first few years, the governor's administration estimated that this change would cost the state $1.4 billion over 10 years. Linda Gorman of the Independence Institute's Health Care Policy Center criticized Hickenlooper's proposal in a January 24 opinion piece because of its expense to taxpayers. Gorman asserted that many college students would likely drop their private insurance and enroll in the much cheaper Medicaid program if Hickenlooper's expansion is approved. She also pointed out that out-of-state students would also become eligible to enroll in Colorado Medicaid.
Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")
In December, 2012, Hickenlooper declined to enter Colorado into the federal health-exchange system established under the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as "Obamacare," in favor of setting up a state-based system. Colorado is one of eighteen states - including New Mexico, New York, Maryland, and Washington - that decided to create and run individual health-exchange systems by the December 14, 2012 deadline. The exchange is an online marketplace for citizens to purchase health insurance.
Hickenlooper supports background checks for gun purchases and said help needs to be available for people with mental health issues before they turn to violence.
On March 20, 2013, Hickenlooper signed new gun laws into effect. The bills expanded background checks on gun purchases and limited the size of ammunition magazines.
As governor, Hickenlooper is responsible for appointing judges to Colorado state courts. In Colorado, the governor makes a judicial appointment after candidates are recommended by a judicial nominating commission. After the governor appoints a judge, she or he must serve at least two years in office before running for election. For an up-to-date list of all of Hickenlooper's appointees, see Judgepedia's page on his appointments.
Labor Department appointee
Hickenlooper appointed Ellen Golombek the Executive Director of the Department of Labor and Employment. The announcement stirred up passions among Republicans, who said the development was bad for business. They cited Golombek’s ties to organized labor, including her onetime leadership of the Colorado AFL-CIO. At the time of her appointment, Golombek was the state director for America Votes, an organization whose stated purpose is to “advance progressive policies, expand access to the ballot, coordinate issue advocacy and election campaigns, and protect every American’s right to vote.”
Colorado State Senate Minority leader Mike Kopp said Hickenlooper’s appointment would trigger fears among the state’s employers. “His selection of a noted progressive activist and union boss in Ms. Golombek certainly will raise plenty of eyebrows in Colorado’s business community,” said Kopp.
Mayor of Denver (2004-2010)
Hickenlooper's 2003 race for Mayor of Denver was his first foray into politics; he won an easy re-election in 2007 and is well-liked in Colorado's capitol. Denver, a city and a county in Colorado, technically has non-artisan municipal elections. However, Hickenlooper's Democratic affiliation likely helped him in both his campaigns. Since taking public office, Hickenlooper's business interests have been in a blind trust.
|2010 Colorado gubernatorial general election|
|Democratic Party||John Hickenlooper||51.01%|
|Republican Party||Dan Maes||11.13%|
|Constitution Party||Tom Tancredo||36.43%|
|Libertarian Party||Jaimes Brown||0.74%|
|Independent||Jason R. Clark||0.48%|
|Independent||Paul Noel Fiorino||0.19%|
|write-in||Willie Travis Chambers||>0.01%|
|write-in||Michael R. Moore||>0.01%|
|write-in||Peter J. Carr||>0.01%|
Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of John Hickenlooper & Joseph Garcia's donors each year. Click [show] for more information.
|John Hickenlooper & Joseph Garcia's Campaign Contributions|
Colorado Governor/Lieutenant Governor
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$1,222,522 (Amer. Constitution)|
|Top 5 contributors||Colorado Democratic Party||$164,824|
|Colorado Education Association||$10,600|
|Colorado Association of Realtors Small Donor Committee||$10,600|
|Colorado Wins SDC||$10,300|
|Colorado Federation of Teachers||$10,000|
In 2005, Governing magazine named Hickenlooper as one of eight "Public Officials of the Year" for building unity in the Denver metropolitan area, especially in the successful campaign to pass a sales tax referendum to fund a new mass transit system. Other honorees included Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Florida Senator Paula Dockery. Each year since 1994, Governing has selected a handful of state and local officials to honor for standout job performance. The Public Officials of the Year program "recognizes leaders from state, city and county government who exemplify the ideals of public service."
Hickenlooper and his wife, writer Helen Thorpe, have one son, Teddy. The family lives in the Park Hill neighborhood of Denver.
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- Office of the Governor of Colorado
- John Hickenlooper for Colorado campaign website
- Profile at Facebook
- Photostream at Flickr
- Profile at Twitter
- Video Channel on YouTube
- Biography at the National Governors Association
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues
- Campaign contributions at Follow The Money
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Appearances at the Internet Movie Database
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
- Works by or about John Hickenlooper in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Profile at Notable Names Database
- Profile at Wikipedia
- ↑ Colorado General Assembly, "Senate Bill 213," May 21, 2013
- ↑ CBS Denver, "Gov. Hickenlooper Signs Massive School Funding Overhaul Bill," May 21, 2013
- ↑ Hickenlooper for Colorado, "Education," Accessed May 30, 2013
- ↑ Linda Gorman, PhD, Solutions project, "Opinion: Colorado Medicaid expansion would make 86,000 college students eligible," January 24, 2013
- ↑ The New York Times, "Most states miss deadline to set up health exchange," December 14, 2012
- ↑ The New York Times, "Most states miss deadline to set up health exchange," December 14, 2012
- ↑ The Daily Times, "Governor Susana Martinez to tackle state-based health exchange," January 9, 2013
- ↑ USA Today, "Where each state stands on gun-control legislation," January 14, 2013
- ↑ NBC news, "Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper signs landmark gun-control bills," March 20, 2013
- ↑ "Incoming guv’s labor department pick raises GOP concerns," Colorado News Agency, Jan 5th, 2011
- ↑ 'Colorado Secretary of State', "COLORADO CUMULATIVE REPORT: OFFICIAL RESULTS - GENERAL ELECTION", November 29, 2010
- ↑ Follow the Money.org
- ↑ Alan Greenblatt, Governing, "On a Roll," 2005
- ↑ Governing, "GOVERNING Announces 2012 Public Officials of the Year," October 19, 2012
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