Mike Kopp

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Mike Kopp
Governor of Colorado
Former Candidate
Base salary$30,000 per year
Per diem$45/$99 per day
Elections and appointments
Last electionJune 24, 2014
First elected2006
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]

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]


B.J. Nikkel and Kopp co-sponsored the Healthcare 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] Kopp confirmed rumors he was considering a bid when he filed for the election on October 1, 2013.[6]

Kopp sought the Republican nomination in the primary election on June 24, 2014. He was defeated by Bob Beauprez. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Primary Election Results

Governor of Colorado, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBob Beauprez 30.2% 116,333
Tom Tancredo 26.7% 102,830
Scott Gessler 23.2% 89,213
Mike Kopp 19.9% 76,373
Total Votes 384,749
Election Results via Colorado Secretary of State.

Hypothetical match-up polls

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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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.[7] 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).[8] 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.[9]

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.[10] 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."[11]

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. [12]

General election

Hickenlooper, Beauprez, Matthew Hess (Libertarian), Harry Hempy (Green) and various unaffiliated candidates competed in the general election on November 4, 2014.[13][14]

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.[15][16]


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).[17]

Kopp raised $84,094 for his campaign, while Noonan raised $308,317.[18]

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.[19]

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.[20]

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.[21]


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

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External links

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  1. [kdvr.com/2013/10/01/republican-mike-kopp-will-join-gop-gubernatorial-field/ The Denver Post, "Republican Mike Kopp to file for governor's race today," October 1, 2013]
  2. Denver Post, "State Sen. Kopp resigning as family duties call in wake of wife's death," October 25, 2011
  3. Colorado News Agency, "Teacher's Union Shaken, Allies Divided by Passage of Tenure Reform," May 12, 2010
  4. "Health care compact proposal wins first round," Colorado News Agency, Apr 26th, 2011
  5. Fox31 Denver, "Schaffer, Beauprez, Brophy keeping 2014 options open," November 20, 2012
  6. [kdvr.com/2013/10/01/republican-mike-kopp-will-join-gop-gubernatorial-field/ The Denver Post, "Republican Mike Kopp to file for governor's race today," October 1, 2013]
  7. Bob Beauprez for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed June 25, 2014
  8. Associated Press, "Colorado - Summary Vote Results," last updated June 25, 2014
  9. CBSlocal, Denver, "Bob Beauprez wins Colorado GOP Primary," June 24, 2014
  10. ProgressNow Colorado, "Republicans head for repeat disaster as "Both Ways Bob" claims nomination," June 24, 2014
  11. foxnews.com, "Former Rep. Bob Beauprez wins GOP primary for Colorado governor," June 24, 2014
  12. The Denver Post, "Hickenlooper fundraising passes $3 million mark," July 1, 2014
  13. Reuters, "Former congressman Beauprez to challenge Colorado governor," June 24, 2014
  14. Colorado Secretary of State, "2014 Primary Election Official Candidate List," accessed June 23, 2014
  15. Governing, "2014 Governors Races," September 10, 2014
  16. The Cook Political Report, "Governors Race Ratings 2014," September 15, 2014
  17. Colorado Secretary of State, "Official 2006 General election results," accessed April 14, 2014
  18. Follow the Money, "Funds raised by 2006 Senate candidates," accessed April 14, 2014
  19. Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
  20. 2006 contributions to Mike Kopp
  21. "GOP mines public input via Web to streamline state government," Colorado News Agency, October 7, 2010
Political offices
Preceded by
Colorado State Senate - District 22
2007–October 21, 2011
Succeeded by
Tim Neville