John Andrews (Colorado politician)
John Andrews is a Republican politician in Colorado, United States, having served as state senator from 1998 to 2005. The founder of the Independence Institute, Andrews has also served at the national level as a speechwriter for Richard Nixon, as an education appointee by President Ronald Reagan, and on a foreign scholarships commission for President George W. Bush. Andrews has also stood as the chairman of the State Policy Network, the director of TCI Cable News, and the original host of Backbone Radio. The American Legislative Exchange Council honored him as "National Legislator of the Year", while the Rocky Mountain Family Council singled him out as "Family Legislator of the Year." Currently, Andrews does daily commentary for Colorado Public Television, writes for the Denver Post, and is Director of Centennial Institute, a state based public policy think tank based on the campus of Colorado Christian University. He is also the author of the new book, Responsibility Reborn: A Citizen’s Guide to the Next American Century (Denali Press, 2011). As a former chairman of State Policy Network, he consults widely for legislative leaders. He also launched TCI Cable News, served as editor of Imprimis at Hillsdale College, was a senior executive with two Christian ministries, and participated as a member of the adjunct faculty in public policy at the Colorado School of Mines for 18 years.
John was born in Michigan and grew up in the Colorado mountains. He served as a US Navy submarine officer after graduating from Principia College in 1966. His wife of 44 years is Donna D’Evelyn of Bakersfield, California. They have three grown children and a grandson, all living in the Denver area. "I'm committed to defending the permanent things," Andrews states. "We must reassert the timeless political principles of the American founding, together with the moral and spiritual truths of our Judeo-Christian heritage."
As a state senator from 1998 to 2005, Andrews served as minority leader and led the GOP back to majority control. As Senate President, he helped pass bills establishing education vouchers, expanding charter schools, extending tort reform, cutting the capital gains tax, reducing union control of state employees, requiring parental notification when a minor seeks an abortion, and restoring the Pledge of Allegiance in classrooms. He was honored as National Legislator of the Year by the American Legislative Exchange Council and as Family Legislator of the Year by the Rocky Mountain Family Council. The Colorado Union of Taxpayers saluted him as a defender of TABOR, the state's tax limit. Senator Andrews’ legislative achievements also included bills cutting the capital gains tax, curbing the matricula ID card for illegal immigrants, providing toll lanes to reduce traffic congestion, outlining a statewide water policy, and drawing permanent congressional districts. He put into law the School Sunshine Act to keep teacher unions accountable, the Read to Achieve program for school improvement, and Colorado’s Defense of Marriage Act. He was also honored as national legislator of the year by the American Legislative Exchange Council, and as family legislator of the year by the Rocky Mountain Family Council.
The institute sponsors events, publications, and research to enhance public understanding of the most important issues facing our state and nation. In proclaiming “liberty throughout the land,” its aim is to help Colorado Christian University teach citizenship and to help Americans renew the spirit of 1776. The institute hosts the Western Conservative Summit each year in Denver. Next to Andrews is Chairman William Armstrong, President of Colorado Christian University, and a respectable group of Fellows including: Hon. Richard V. Allen, Jay Ambrose, James C. Bennett, Dr. Alan Crippen, John Dendahl, Dr. Douglas Groothuis, John Guandolo, Hon. Mark Hillman, Brad Hughes, Krista Kafer, Stephen Keating, Dr. Charles King, Hon. Make Kopp, Dr. Thomas Krannawitter, Dr. Vincent McGuire, Kevin Miller, Hon. William Moloney, Hon. Marilyn Musgrave, Hon. Jane Norton, Joseph C. Phillips, Dr. Paul Prentice, Gregory Schaller, Kelly Sloan, Lee Strobel, Dr. Jill Vecchio, Dr. William Watson, and Rob Witwer.