John Hickenlooper, a self-described “recovering geologist now on loan to public service,” was elected Governor in 2010. His unconventional road to the Capitol began when he left the oilfields of western Colorado in the late 1980s and opened the state’s first brewpub. As he says, “I went from exploring oil to selling beer.” His business grew, helping to revitalize a now popular neighborhood in downtown Denver, and he became active in Denver’s civic life. One thing led to another, until, goaded by friends and other business leaders, he successfully ran for Mayor of Denver in 2003.
He had served nearly eight years as mayor when then-Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter’s decided not to seek re-election. John was encouraged to make a run and quickly garnered support to be the Democratic candidate for Governor. He won 51 percent of the vote in a three-way race.
John’s favorite quote is from Abraham Lincoln. He said, “With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed” That largely describes John’s governing approach as he tackles difficult problems in a bottom-up – and not a top-down – way. It also means gathering stakeholders with diverse opinions, listening and then collaborating to find common ground.
John ran for Governor of Colorado in 2010 on a platform to make Colorado the best place for entrepreneurs to grow jobs. He promised a balanced budget plan without raising taxes and a regulatory philosophy that would support economic development while maintaining the highest environmental standards.
Perhaps most important of all, John brought to the state Capitol a track record of bringing people together to solve problems instead of stoking the same old partisan squabbles.
Contact Gov. Hickenlooper:
Phone number: (303) 866-2471