John Hickenlooper

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John Hickenlooper
Governor of Colorado
In office
January 11, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 2019
Years in position 4
PredecessorBill Ritter (D)
Base salary$90,000 per year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Campaign $$4,579,658
Term limits2 terms
Prior offices
Mayor of Denver
2004 - 2010
Bachelor'sWesleyan University (1974)
Master'sWesleyan University (1980)
Date of birthFebruary 7, 1952
Place of birthNarbergh, Pennsylvania
ProfessionGeologist; Entrepreneur
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. Hickenlooper was first elected to the position on November 2, 2010, defeating Dan Maes (R), Jaimes Brown (L) and Tom Tancredo (C).[1][2]

Hickenlooper successfully sought re-election in 2014, teaming up for the second time with 2010 running mate and current Colorado Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia (D).[3]

After running uncontested in the June 24 Democratic primary, Hickenlooper faced a formidable general election challenge from Bob Beauprez (R). Hickenlooper was finally declared the race's winner the morning after Election Day, making it one of the last races to be called in the 2014 general election.[4]

As governor, Hickenlooper has pushed for reform on issues such as public school funding, gun control and health care. During his first three years in office, he signed into law several bills related to these causes, including one to expand background checks for prospective gun owners and an education funding reform bill to bolster budgets for early education programs, struggling school districts as well as programs designed to help at-risk youth.[2]

Hickenlooper was selected to serve as the chairman of the executive committee of the National Governors Association for the 2014-2015 term. He previously served as the committee's vice chairman during the 2013-2014 term. He, along with eight other governors, were responsible for determining the association's priorities and actions for the following year.[5]

Hickenlooper previously served as mayor of Denver from 2004 to 2010, during which time the city hosted the 2008 Democratic National Convention.[2]


Hickenlooper was born in Narbergh, Penn. 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 from living through the Depression.[2]

Hickenlooper earned both a B.A. and M.A. 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's 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. Often simply referred to as "the Wynkoop," the restaurant is seen by some as an anchor of downtown Denver. 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.[2]

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 involved in both endeavors. 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 considered a success for the businessmen working to improve the area's reputation.[2]


  • B.A. - Wesleyan University (1974)
  • M.A. - Wesleyan University (1980)[2]

Political career

Governor of Colorado (2011-Present)

Hickenlooper first won election on November 2, 2010, and assumed office January 11, 2011. He won re-election to a second term in 2014.


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

In January 2013, Hickenlooper called for a further expansion of Colorado Medicaid, which would 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. Hickenlooper's administration estimated that this change would cost the state $1.4 billion over 10 years, regardless of whether the federal government footed the bill for the first few years of the expansion. 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 were to be 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, known as Obamacare, in favor of setting up a state-based system.[10] Colorado was 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 deadline. The exchange is an online marketplace for citizens to purchase health insurance.[11][12]

Gun control

Hickenlooper supports background checks for gun purchases. He also 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, which ranked 45 of the country's 50 governors by their job creation records, 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.


Lawsuit by county sheriffs

In March 2015, sheriffs from six Colorado counties sued the governor over the state's recreational marijuana laws. The sheriffs involved in the lawsuit argue that they are stuck between the state's allowance for marijuana use and a federal prohibition on possession. Sheriffs from neighboring counties in Kansas and Nebraska have joined the lawsuit, citing increased trade in states where marijuana has not been legalized.[17]

The sheriffs' suit is the third brought against Hickenlooper in 2015, joining two suits brought on behalf of Safe Streets Alliance claiming that state marijuana laws break federal law. Hickenlooper and Attorney General Cynthia Coffman (R) have stated that they will defend state laws in court, noting that the marijuana laws were decided by a majority of voters in 2012. Pro-marijuana advocate Tom Angell with the Marijuana Majority dismissed the lawsuits as efforts by "prohibitionists who lost at the ballot box on Election Day...trying to overturn the will of the voters by making a last-ditch attempt in the courts."[18]

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.”[19] 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.[19]

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. 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. When he took public office, Hickenlooper's business interests were placed in a blind trust.

Public Officials of the Year

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.[20] Other honorees included then-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."[21]

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 analysis, Hickenlooper is a Centrist.[22] Note: We are working to resolve inaccuracies with this information. Thank you for your patience.

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See also: Colorado Gubernatorial election, 2014

Hickenlooper ran for re-election as Governor of Colorado.[3] Hickenlooper was unopposed for the Democratic nomination in the June 24 primary. He defeated Bob Beauprez (R), Matthew Hess (L), Harry Hempy (G) and several unaffiliated challengers in the general election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Colorado, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Hickenlooper/Joseph Garcia Incumbent 49.3% 1,006,433
     Republican Bob Beauprez/Jill Rapella 46% 938,195
     Libertarian Matthew Hess/Brandon Young 1.9% 39,590
     Green Harry Hempy/Scott Olson 1.3% 27,391
     Unaffiliated Mike Dunafon/Robin Roberts 1.2% 24,042
     Unaffiliated Paul Fiorino/Charles Whitley 0.3% 5,923
Total Votes 2,041,574
Election Results via Colorado Secretary of State.

Race background

Democratic nomination

Democratic incumbent Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper ran for re-election in 2014 alongside Lieutenant Governor Joseph Garcia (D). Hickenlooper and Garcia were first elected together in 2010. They were uncontested for re-nomination in the Democratic primary on June 24, 2014.

Republican nomination

On June 24, qualified Colorado voters selected Bob Beauprez as the Republican nominee for governor. It was the only contested primary for a statewide office held that day. Beauprez represented Colorado's 7th Congressional District from 2003 to 2007 and he was the 2006 Republican nominee for governor.[23] He drew 30 percent of the primary vote, according to unofficial totals, defeating Tom Tancredo (27 percent), Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler (23 percent) and Mike Kopp (20 percent).[24] 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 Gessler was knocked out of the governor's race, he was unable 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, 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 money and campaigned more aggressively this election. But by running against Hickenlooper in 2010 on the American Constitution Party ticket and later switching his affiliation back to Republican, Tancredo had cultivated a reputation among party members as a wildcard.[25]

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 pre-primary press release, the GOP establishment placed their faith in Beauprez in the 2014 election.[26] 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."[27]

On the advertising front, the primary campaign season was a relatively quiet one for the governor's race. This changed after the primary election, however, as Hickenlooper shifted out of his 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 already faced loans exceeding $500,000, most of which he lent to himself. [28]

General election

Hickenlooper, Beauprez, Matthew Hess (Libertarian), Harry Hempy (Green) and various unaffiliated candidates competed in the general election on November 4, 2014.[29][30]

In September 2014, Governing rated the race between Hickenlooper and Beauprez as a "Toss-up" while The Cook Political Report gave Hickenlooper a slight advantage with a "Lean D" rating.[31][32]


October 6 debate

A debate hosted by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce evolved from an economics discussion into a clash over public safety issues between John Hickenlooper (D) and Bob Beauprez (R). Beauprez blamed Hickenlooper for lax oversight of state prisons, citing recent instances where inmates convicted of violent crimes were released without public notice. Hickenlooper noted that once a criminal has served a sentence, there is no legal rationale for keeping him incarcerated. He also argued that the state legislature failed to pass a new law in 2013 that would have created an intermediary step between prison and freedom for inmates with psychological issues or histories of violent behavior.[33]

Hickenlooper and Beauprez also shared their views on controversial topics including marijuana legalization and immigration policy during the debate. The incumbent pointed out that other states should take notice of the difficulties Colorado faces in the early days of marijuana legalization. Hickenlooper noted that Colorado residents who supported legalization were "reckless" and lacked the information to make an informed vote.[33]

Beauprez joined Hickenlooper in addressing a touchy political subject by bringing up his stance on immigration policy. The Republican candidate had previously argued that illegal immigrants should be sent back to their home countries before returning through official channels. Beauprez suggested during the debate that this process would not be necessary as part of immigration reform.[33]


General election

Colorado Governor General Election-Hickenlooper, Beauprez, Hess and Hempy
Poll John Hickenlooper* (D) Bob Beauprez (R)Matthew Hess (L)Harry Hempy (G)OtherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
September 10-15, 2014
Quinnipiac University
October 8-13, 2014
Public Policy Polling
October 16-19, 2014
Quinnipiac University
October 15-21, 2014
NBC News/Marist
October 24, 2014
Quinnipiac University
October 22-27, 2014
October 29, 2014
AVERAGES 43.43% 45.14% 2.86% 1.86% 0.71% 6% +/-3.36 881.14
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Hickenlooper, Beauprez and Hess

Colorado Governor General Election-Hickenlooper, Beauprez and Hess
Poll John Hickenlooper* (D) Bob Beauprez (R)Matthew Hess (L)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Gravis Marketing
October 16, 2014
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Hickenlooper vs. Beauprez

Colorado Governor General Election - Hickenlooper vs. Beauprez
Poll John Hickenlooper* (D) Bob Beauprez (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
March 13-16, 2014
Magellan (R-Liberty Foundation of America)
April 14-15, 2014
Public Policy Polling (D-National Coalition for Safer Roads)
April 17-20, 2014
Quinnipiac University
April 15-21, 2014
June 25-26, 2014
July 7-10, 2014
Gravis Marketing
July 8-19, 214
Quinnipiac University
July 10-14, 2014
Public Policy Polling (D)
July 17-20, 2014
July 5-24, 2014
September 1-2, 2014
September 3-4, 2014
High Point University
October 4-8, 2014
October 9-13, 2014
Monmouth University
October 17-20, 2014
AVERAGES 46.73% 42.6% 8.2% +/-2.91 888.53
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

**Incumbency is denoted by asterisk (*)
Hypothetical match-ups
Hickenlooper vs. Tancredo

Hickenlooper vs. Tancredo
Poll John Hickenlooper* (D) Tom Tancredo (R)Someone elseUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
(Aug. 15-21, 2013)
Public Policy Polling
(December 3-4, 2013)
AVERAGES 47% 42.5% 0.5% 10.5% +/-3.05 1,056
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**Incumbency is denoted by asterisk (*)
Hickenlooper vs. Gessler

Hickenlooper vs. Gessler
Poll John Hickenlooper* (D) Scott Gessler (R)Someone elseUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
(Aug. 15-21, 2013)
Public Policy Polling
(December 3-4, 2013)
AVERAGES 47% 41% 0.5% 11% +/-3.05 1,056
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**Incumbency is denoted by asterisk (*)
Hickenlooper vs. Brophy

Hickenlooper vs. Brophy
Poll John Hickenlooper* (D) Greg Brophy (R)Someone elseUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
(Aug. 15-21, 2013)
Public Policy Polling
(December 3-4, 2013)
AVERAGES 45.5% 41.5% 0.5% 12% +/-3.05 1,056
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**Incumbency is denoted by asterisk (*)
Hickenlooper vs. Kopp

Hickenlooper vs. Kopp
Poll John Hickenlooper* (D) Mike Kopp (R)Someone elseUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
(December 3-4, 2013)
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**Incumbency is denoted by asterisk (*)


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

Hickenlooper was unopposed in the August 10 primary.[34] 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.[35]

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


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


Hickenlooper resides in the Park Hill neighborhood of Denver, CO. He and his wife, writer Helen Thorpe, are currently separated. They have one son together, Teddy.[2]

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7, "About the Governor," accessed July 5, 2011
  3. 3.0 3.1 National Journal, "Hickenlooper Winning Bipartisan Praise," January 24, 2013
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  5. National Governors Association, NGA Announces New Executive Committee Leadership, August 4, 2013
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  7. CBS Denver, "Gov. Hickenlooper Signs Massive School Funding Overhaul Bill," May 21, 2013
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  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
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  14. NBC news, "Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper signs landmark gun-control bills," March 20, 2013
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  16. The Business Journals, "How state governors rank on their job-growth record," June 27, 2013
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  18. International Business Times, "Marijuana Legalization: Colorado Faces Lawsuit from Sheriffs over Cannabis Law," March 5, 2015
  19. 19.0 19.1 "Incoming guv’s labor department pick raises GOP concerns," Colorado News Agency, Jan 5th, 2011
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  21. Governing, "GOVERNING Announces 2012 Public Officials of the Year," October 19, 2012
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  25. CBSlocal, Denver, "Bob Beauprez wins Colorado GOP Primary," June 24, 2014
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  27., "Former Rep. Bob Beauprez wins GOP primary for Colorado governor," June 24, 2014
  28. The Denver Post, "Hickenlooper fundraising passes $3 million mark," July 1, 2014
  29. Reuters, "Former congressman Beauprez to challenge Colorado governor," June 24, 2014
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