day in the office of governor hickenlooper
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is a self-described “recovering geologist now on loan to public service.” 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. In 2010 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.
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