John Hickenlooper

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John Hickenlooper
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Governor of Colorado
Incumbent
In office
January 11, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorBill Ritter (D)
Compensation
Base salary$90,000 per year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,579,658
Term limits2 terms
Prior offices
Mayor of Denver
2004 - 2010
Education
Bachelor'sWesleyan University
Master'sWesleyan University
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 7, 1952
Place of birthNarbergh, Pennsylvania
ProfessionGeologist, entrepreneur
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
John Wright Hickenlooper (b. February 7, 1952, in Narbergh, Pennsylvania) is the 42nd and current Democratic Governor of Colorado. He was first elected to the position in 2010.

Hickenlooper ran unopposed in the August 10 primary and went on to defeat Dan Maes (R), Jaimes Brown (L) and Tom Tancredo (C) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[1] Following the election, Hickenlooper was sworn into office on January 11, 2011. His first term will end on January 13, 2015.

Hickenlooper's first term as governor has focused on efforts to reform education funding, gun-control and health care within the state. Since taking office, he has signed several bills relevant to these causes into law, including a law to expand background checks for prospective gun owners and an educational funding reform bill to bolster budgets for early education programs, struggling school districts and programs that help at-risk youth.

Hickenlooper is the Vice Chairman of the executive committee of the National Governor's Association. He, along with eight other governors, will determine the association's priorities and actions for the year. He was named to this leadership role in August, 2013.[2]

Before becoming governor, Hickenlooper served as mayor of Denver from 2003 to 2011, during which time the city hosted the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Prior to entering public service, Hickenlooper was a prominent and successful entrepreneur, considered to be part of the revitalization of Denver historic “LoDo” (Lower Downtown) area. He operated Wynkoop Brewing Co., a Denver brewpub, which he opened in 1988. He was also a geologist for Buckhorn Petroleum, a now defunct oil company, from 1981 to 1988.[3]

With his first term set to expire in January 2015, Hickenlooper is seeking re-election as Colorado governor in the 2014 elections.[4] Hickenlooper ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination in the June 24 primary and will face Republican nominee Bob Beauprez in the general election.[5] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Biography

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.[3]

He earned both a B.A. 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 job 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 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.[3]

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.[3]

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.

Education

  • B.A. - Wesleyan University (1974)
  • M.A. - Wesleyan University (1980)

Political career

Governor of Colorado (2011-Present)

Hickenlooper first won election on November 2, 2010, and assumed office January 11, 2011. He is running for re-election in 2014.

Issues

School funding

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.[6] This legislation requires $925 million in additional taxes that must be approved by initiative by 2017.[7] 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.[8]

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Medicaid Expansion

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 Healthcare 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.[9]

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.[10] 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.[11][12]

Gun control

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.[13]

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.[14]

Job creation ranking

In a June 2013 analysis by The Business Journals looking at 45 of the country's 50 governors by their job creation record, Hickenlooper was ranked number 6. The five governors omitted from the analysis all assumed office in 2013. The ranking was based on a comparison of the annual private sector growth rate in all 50 states using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.[15][16]

Judicial appointments

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.

Controversies

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.[17]

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 nonpartisan 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.

On The Issues Vote Match

John Hickenlooper's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Hickenlooper is a Centrist. Hickenlooper received a score of 40 percent on social issues and 47 percent on economic issues.Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; refs with no content must have a name

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The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[18]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Unknown Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Unknown
Expand ObamaCare Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Favors
Vouchers for school choice Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Unknown Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Opposes Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Neutral Stay out of Iran Unknown
Privatize Social Security Favors Never legalize marijuana Favors
Note: Information last updated: June 23, 2014.[19]

Elections

2014

See also: Colorado Gubernatorial election, 2014

Hickenlooper is running for re-election as Governor of Colorado.[4] Hickenlooper was unopposed for the Democratic nomination in the June 24 primary. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Polls

Hypothetical match-up polls

Hickenlooper vs. Tancredo
Poll John Hickenlooper (D)* Tom Tancredo (R)Someone elseUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
(Aug. 15-21, 2013)
46%45%1%9%+/-2.91,184
Public Policy Polling
(December 3-4, 2013)
48%40%0%12%+/-3.2928
AVERAGES 47% 42.5% 0.5% 10.5% +/-3.05 1,056
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Hickenlooper vs. Gessler
Poll John Hickenlooper (D)* Scott Gessler (R)Someone elseUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
(Aug. 15-21, 2013)
47%42%1%10%+/-2.91,184
Public Policy Polling
(December 3-4, 2013)
47%40%0%12%+/-3.2928
AVERAGES 47% 41% 0.5% 11% +/-3.05 1,056
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Hickenlooper vs. Brophy
Poll John Hickenlooper (D)* Greg Brophy (R)Someone elseUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
(Aug. 15-21, 2013)
47%40%1%12%+/-2.91,184
Public Policy Polling
(December 3-4, 2013)
44%43%0%12%+/-3.2928
AVERAGES 45.5% 41.5% 0.5% 12% +/-3.05 1,056
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Hickenlooper vs. Kopp
Poll John Hickenlooper (D)* Mike Kopp (R)Someone elseUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
(December 3-4, 2013)
45%37%0%17%+/-3.2928
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Race background

Democratic incumbent Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is running for re-election in 2014. Also seeking a second term is current Lieutenant Governor Joseph Garcia (D), who will join Hickenlooper on the general election ticket. Hickenlooper and Garcia were elected together in 2010.

On June 24, qualified Colorado voters selected Bob Beauprez as the Republican nominee for governor. It was the only contested primary for a state-row office held that day. Beauprez represented Colorado's 7th Congressional District from 2003-2007 and he was the 2006 Republican nominee for governor.[20] He drew 30% of the primary vote yesterday, according to unofficial totals, defeating Tom Tancredo (27%), Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler (23%) and Mike Kopp (20%).[21] Gessler shunned a possible second term as secretary of state in 2014 in favor of an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to challenge Hickenlooper for the state's top office; Since he has been knocked out of the governor's race, he is too late to make a bid for re-election to his current post.

While Beauprez trailed most of his primary opponents in fundraising leading up to the primary, the Democrats made him their number one target for attack, perhaps leading Republican voters unfamiliar with Beauprez to perceive him as a serious threat to Hickenlooper. Beauprez also stood out as the preferred choice of the Republican establishment, which favored Beauprez over Tancredo in particular. A former Republican colleague of Beauprez in the U.S. House, Tancredo raised the most and campaigned more aggressively this election, however he has cultivated a reputation among party members as somewhat of a wildcard: Tancredo ran against Hickenlooper in 2010 on the American Constitution Party ticket, and later switched his affiliation back to Republican.[22]

Despite his crushing double digit loss in the 2006 governor's race, often invoked by opposition groups such as ProgressNow Colorado, who called Beauprez "one of Colorado’s most storied political losers," in a recent press release, the GOP establishment has placed their faith in Beauprez in the 2014 election.[23] About that defeat, which occurred during his last term in Congress, Beauprez reflected, "I’m even more experienced than I was eight years ago. I’m certainly a lot wiser."[24]

On the advertising front, the primary campaign season was a relatively quiet one for the governor's race. This is expected to change, however, as Hickenlooper transitions out of unopposed reverie into active campaign mode. According to the candidates' campaign finance reports due July 1, Hickenlooper raised nearly $3 million in preparation for the second phase of this campaign cycle, and ended the reporting period with $579,268 of cash on hand. Meanwhile, Beauprez, having weathered a tough primary battle, was left with a mere $34,921 cash on hand. Beauprez' total fundraising for the cycle as of June 25 was $351,921, and he is already buried in loans exceeding $500,000, most of which he lent to himself. [25]

Hickenlooper, Beauprez and various third party and unaffiliated candidates will compete in the general election on November 4, 2014.[26][27]


2010

See also: Colorado gubernatorial election, 2010 and Gubernatorial elections, 2010

Hickenlooper did not have any opposition in the August 10 primary.[28] On November 2, 2010, John Hickenlooper won election to the office of Governor of Colorado. He defeated Tom Tancredo (ACP), Dan Maes (R), Jaimes Brown (L), Jason Clark (I) and Paul Fiorino (I) in the general election.

Governor of Colorado, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Hickenlooper 51% 912,005
     American Constitution Party Tom Tancredo 36.5% 651,232
     Republican Dan Maes 11.1% 199,034
     Libertarian Jaimes Brown 0.7% 12,314
     Independent Jason Clark 0.5% 8,576
     Independent Paul Fiorino 0.2% 3,483
Total Votes 1,786,644
Election Results Via: The New York Times

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Laird is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Laird raised a total of $4,579,658 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 8, 2013.[29]

John Hickenlooper's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Governor of Colorado Not up for election $552,457
2010 Governor of Colorado Won $4,027,201
Grand Total Raised $4,579,658

2010

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.[30] Click [show] for more information.


Awards

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.[31] 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."[32]

Personal

Hickenlooper resides in the Park Hill neighborhood of Denver, Colorado. He and his wife, writer Helen Thorpe, are currently separated. They have one son together named Teddy.[3]

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References

  1. 'Colorado Secretary of State', "COLORADO CUMULATIVE REPORT: OFFICIAL RESULTS - GENERAL ELECTION," November 29, 2010
  2. National Governor's Association, NGA Announces New Executive Committee Leadership, August 4, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Colorado.gov, "About the Governor," accessed July 5, 2011
  4. 4.0 4.1 National Journal, "Hickenlooper Winning Bipartisan Praise," January 24, 2013
  5. 9news.com, "Amid flood disaster, Scott Gessler announces bid for governor," September 17, 2013
  6. Colorado General Assembly, "Senate Bill 213," May 21, 2013
  7. CBS Denver, "Gov. Hickenlooper Signs Massive School Funding Overhaul Bill," May 21, 2013
  8. Hickenlooper for Colorado, "Education," accessed May 30, 2013
  9. Linda Gorman, PhD, Solutions project, "Opinion: Colorado Medicaid expansion would make 86,000 college students eligible," January 24, 2013
  10. The New York Times, "Most states miss deadline to set up health exchange," December 14, 2012
  11. The New York Times, "Most states miss deadline to set up health exchange," December 14, 2012
  12. The Daily Times, "Governor Susana Martinez to tackle state-based health exchange," January 9, 2013
  13. USA Today, "Where each state stands on gun-control legislation," January 14, 2013
  14. NBC news, "Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper signs landmark gun-control bills," March 20, 2013
  15. The Business Journals, "Governors and jobs: How governors rank for job creation in their states," June 27, 2013
  16. The Business Journals, "How state governors rank on their job-growth record," June 27, 2013
  17. "Incoming guv’s labor department pick raises GOP concerns," Colorado News Agency, Jan 5th, 2011
  18. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  19. On The Issues, "John Hickenlooper Vote Match," accessed June 23, 2014
  20. Bob Beauprez for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed June 25, 2014
  21. Associated Press, "Colorado - Summary Vote Results," last updated June 25, 2014
  22. CBSlocal, Denver, "Bob Beauprez wins Colorado GOP Primary," June 24, 2014
  23. ProgressNow Colorado, "Republicans head for repeat disaster as "Both Ways Bob" claims nomination," June 24, 2014
  24. foxnews.com, "Former Rep. Bob Beauprez wins GOP primary for Colorado governor," June 24, 2014
  25. The Denver Post, "Hickenlooper fundraising passes $3 million mark," July 1, 2014
  26. Reuters, "Former congressman Beauprez to challenge Colorado governor," June 24, 2014
  27. Colorado Secretary of State, "2014 Primary Election Official Candidate List," accessed June 23, 2014
  28. 'Colorado Secretary of State', "COLORADO CUMULATIVE REPORT: OFFICIAL RESULTS - GENERAL ELECTION," November 29, 2010
  29. Follow the Money, "Career financing for John Hickenlooper and Joseph Garcia," accessed July 8, 2013
  30. Follow the Money.org
  31. Alan Greenblatt, Governing, "On a Roll," 2005
  32. Governing, "GOVERNING Announces 2012 Public Officials of the Year," October 19, 2012
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