Mike Kopp

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Mike Kopp
Candidate for
Governor of Colorado
Base salary$30,000 per year
Per diem$45/$99 per day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits8 years
Prior offices
Colorado State Senate, District 22
2007 - October 21, 2011
Bachelor'sNorth Central University-Minneapolis
Master'sUniversity of Colorado (2007)
Office website
Personal website
Mike Kopp was a 2014 Republican candidate for Governor of Colorado.[1] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Kopp is a former Republican member of the Colorado State Senate, representing district 22 from 2007 until stepping down on October 21, 2011. He was serving as State Senate Minority Leader when he resigned following his wife's death from cancer.[2]


Kopp earned his B.A. in Ministry from North Central University-Minneapolis. He is currently attending the University of Colorado.

Kopp was a Clerk of Detention and Deportation for the United States Border Patrol. He also served as a Sergeant in the United States Army. He was also a part of the Fire Fighting Crew for the National Park Services. He is currently Principal of Forward Think Strategies.

Political career

Colorado State Senate (2007-2011)

Kopp was first elected to the Colorado State Senate in 2006 by voters of the 22nd district, and was sworn into office in January 2007. Kopp ran for and won re-election on November 2, 2010 and was subsequently made Senate Minority Leader. Kopp did not complete his second term due to his wife's death from cancer in 2011. He officially resigned his seat October 21, 2011.


Kopp's sponsored legislation included:

  • SB 10-191 - Quality Instruction Through Educator Effectiveness [3]

Health care

B.J. Nikkel and Kopp co-sponsored the Health Care Opportunity and Patient Empowerment (HOPE) bill.

The measure would authorize the state of Colorado to collaborate with other states to create an interstate compact opting out of federal laws regulating health care.[4]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Kopp served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Kopp served on these committees:



See also: Colorado gubernatorial election, 2014

Early speculation about the 2014 Colorado gubernatorial election placed Kopp on a short list of possible Republican challengers to take on Democratic incumbent Gov. John Hickenlooper. [5] Confirming rumors of a possible candidacy for governor, Kopp filed for the election on October 1, 2013.[6] The general election took place November 4, 2014.


See also: Colorado State Senate elections, 2010

Kopp sought re-election to the 22nd District seat in 2010. He was uncontested in the primary. He defeated Mike Daniels (D) in the November 2 general election.

Colorado State Senate, District 22 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Kopp (R) 35,155
Mike Daniels (D) 20,851


On November 7, 2006, Kopp was elected to the 22nd District Seat in the Colorado State Senate, defeating opponent Paula E. Noonan (D).[7]

Kopp raised $84,094 for his campaign, while Noonan raised $308,317.[8]

Colorado State Senate, District 22 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Kopp (R) 27,024
Paula E. Noonan (D) 24,092

Campaign donors


In 2010, Kopp raised $55,173 in contributions. [9]

His three largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Copic Insurance Small Donor Committee $2,000
Colorado Medical Society $1,400
Colorado Association Of Realtors Small Donor Committee $1,000


In 2006, Kopp collected $84,094 in donations.[10]

His two largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Colorado Rural Electric Association $2,400
Senate Majority Fund $1,000


Kopp commented on a new website generated by the Republican Party in October 2010. He said the Web site, www.SolutionsForColorado.com would give a place for the public to articulate their ideas while giving lawmakers a window into the real world as they put together a legislative agenda for 2011.

“Our 2011 legislative agenda has been crafted through discussions we have had with taxpayers and employers across the state,” said Kopp. “This website is a direct result of our desire to have a clearing house for private-sector ideas aimed at getting spending under control and the economy up and running.”

The Senate Minority Office, which designed, launched and will monitor the website.[11]


Kopp and his wife, Kimberly, have four children. She died in 2011, prompting Kopp's resignation from the Senate.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Colorado State Senate - District 22
2007–October 21, 2011
Succeeded by
Tim Neville