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 2019
Years in position 4
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)
Date of birthMarch 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. 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.[1]

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.[2][3]

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.[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.[3] 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.[3]


  • 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.[3]



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.[1]


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.


See also: Colorado lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010 and Lieutenant Governor elections, 2010

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.[7]

2010 Colorado lieutenant gubernatorial general election
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Joseph Garcia 51.01%
     Republican Party Tambor Williams 11.13%
     Constitution Party Pat Miller 36.43%
     Libertarian Party Ken Wyble 0.74%
     Independent Victoria A. Adams 0.48%
     Independent Heather A. McKibben 0.19%
     write-in Ed E. Coron >0.01%
     write-in Sherry Cusson >0.01%
     write-in Antoinette M. Schaeffer >0.01%
     write-in Stephanie L. Mercer >0.01%
Total Votes 1,787,730

Campaign donors

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

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


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Garcia and his wife, Claire, have four children.[5]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Barbara O'Brien (D)
Lieutenant Governor of Colorado
2011 - present
Succeeded by