|Hickenlooper at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, Davos (2012)|
|42nd Governor of Colorado|
January 11, 2011
|Preceded by||Bill Ritter|
|43rd Mayor of Denver|
July 21, 2003 – January 11, 2011
|Preceded by||Wellington Webb|
|Succeeded by||Bill Vidal|
|Born||John Wright Hickenlooper, Jr.
February 7, 1952
Narberth, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Helen Thorpe (separated)|
|Residence||Colorado Governor's Mansion|
|Alma mater||Wesleyan University|
John Wright Hickenlooper, Jr. (born February 7, 1952) is an American politician and the 42nd and current Governor of Colorado. A member of the Democratic Party, Hickenlooper has served as Governor since 2011.
Born in Narberth, Pennsylvania, Hickenlooper is the graduate of Wesleyan University and the Colorado School of Mines. Starting his career as geologist, Hickenlooper entered a career in business and cofounded the Wynkoop Brewing Company in Denver, Colorado. Hickenlooper was elected the 43rd Mayor of Denver in 2003, serving two terms until 2011.
After incumbent Governor Bill Ritter announced that he would not seek reelection, Hickenlooper announced his intentions to run for the Democratic nomination in January 2010. He won in an uncontested primary and faced Constitution Party candidate, former Representative Tom Tancredo, and Republican businessman Dan Maes in the general election, where he won with 51% of the vote. Hickenlooper was sworn into office on January 11, 2011.
- 1 Early life, education and career
- 2 Mayor of Denver
- 3 Political positions
- 4 Political campaigns
- 5 Governor of Colorado
- 6 Personal life
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Early life, education and career
Hickenlooper was born in Narberth, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia, a middle-class area of the suburban Main Line. He is the son of Anne (née Morris) and John Wright Hickenlooper. He was raised by his mother after his father died when he was young. He graduated from the nearby, private Haverford School for boys in 1970, going on to attend Wesleyan University where he received a B.A. in English in 1974 and a master’s degree in geology in 1980 from Colorado School of Mines.
Before becoming mayor in July 2003 Hickenlooper worked as a geologist for Buckhorn Petroleum in the early 1980s. But with the collapse of the oil industry in Colorado, Hickenlooper became unemployed and opened several restaurants in Denver in the late 1980s. He is often considered a prominent figure in the LoDo urban renewal period during the early 1990s. He was one of the founders of the original Wynkoop Brewing Company brewpub; these and others companies contributed to the redevelopment of the area following the arrival of major league baseball in the neighborhood. The area had been known to be dangerous; Hickenlooper is quoted as saying, "I must've had rocks in my head." The rent for Wynkoop's real estate was $1 per square foot per year.
Mayor of Denver
Hickenlooper's first tasks included handling the city's budget crisis and changing its career personnel system. His cabinet appointees were relatively young. Mayor Hickenlooper is a member of the gun control group Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition, an organization formed in 2006 and co-chaired by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston mayor Thomas Menino. Hickenlooper resigned as mayor at 8 am on January 11, 2011, hours before being inaugurated as Colorado's Governor.
Municipal elections in Denver are nonpartisan. Hickenlooper won re-election for the office of Mayor in May 2007 with 87% of the vote. In 2005, he was named by Time Magazine as being one of the five best big-city mayors in the US.
Campaign for the homeless
In 2006, Denver became one of the first major U.S. cities to legalize the medical use of and decriminalize possession (of less than one ounce) of cannabis by those over age 18. Hickenlooper opposed the cannabis rescheduling initiative, which voters approved 53.49%–46.51%, but he did say that the vote "reflect[s] a genuine shift in people's attitudes". Under the current Denver Police interpretation of the law, supported by Hickenlooper, the initiative doesn't usurp the state law, the Colorado Revised Statutes (CRS). The CRS currently treats cannabis possession similarly to exceeding a speed limit, with fines of up to $100 and no jail time. In 2012, Amendment 64 was added to the Colorado constitution allowing possession of up to one ounce of cannabis for those over 21 for recreational use. Though Hickenlooper has been publicly against this policy as well, he does say he will enforce the will of the people.
In his State of the City address on July 12, 2006, Hickenlooper announced an initiative called Greenprint Denver to promote sustainable development and practices and reduce citywide greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with the 2006 U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. The initiative, guided by a leadership group of city and community members, features a series of goals to meet over a five-year period.
On March 20, 2013, Hickenlooper signed bills HB1224, HB1228 and HB1229. HB1224 created a limit of 15 rounds in magazines that could be bought, sold or transferred within the state. HB1228 taxes firearm transfers to recover costs of the background checks from HB1229. HB1229 requires background checks for any firearm transfer within the state. He signed hours after a member of his cabinet was assassinated. Passage of these bills resulted in the historic first recall in Colorado history of Democratic Senate President John Morse, and Democratic senator Angela Giron. Democratic Senator Evie Hudak later resigned rather than face her own recall election on this issue. 
On May 22nd, 2013, Governor Hickenlooper granted an indefinite stay of execution to Nathan Dunlap, who was facing execution for the 1996 murder of four persons at a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant. The decision came after victims' families asked Hickenlooper to allow the execution of Dunlap to proceed as scheduled. Hickenlooper stated: "It is a legitimate question whether we as a state should be taking lives.”
2006 Colorado gubernatorial race
Hickenlooper was viewed as a possible contender for Governor of Colorado in the November 2006 election to replace term-limited Republican Governor Bill Owens. Despite a "Draft Hick" campaign, he officially announced on February 6, 2006 that he would not seek the Democratic nomination for governor. Later, he threw his support behind Democratic candidate Bill Ritter, Denver's former District Attorney, who was subsequently elected.
2008 Democratic National Convention
Hickenlooper was an executive member of the Denver 2008 Convention Host Committee and helped lead the successful campaign for Denver to host the landmark 2008 Democratic National Convention, which was also the centennial anniversary of the city's hosting of the 1908 Democratic National Convention.
In a controversial move decried by critics as breaching partisan ethics, the Hickenlooper administration arranged for the DNC host committee members, a private non-profit organization, to get untaxed fuel from Denver city-owned pumps, saving them $0.404 per gallon of fuel.
2008 Senate seat appointment
According to The Denver Post, he was considered to be the frontrunner to fill the United States Senate seat to be vacated by Ken Salazar upon his expected confirmation to be Secretary of the Interior in the Obama Administration. Hickenlooper had confirmed his interest in the seat. However, on January 3, 2009, Gov. Bill Ritter appointed Denver Public Schools Superintendent Michael Bennet to the position. Bennet previously served as Chief of Staff to Mayor Hickenlooper.
2010 Colorado gubernatorial race
After Governor Ritter announced on January 6, 2010 that he would step down at the end of his term, Hickenlooper was cited as a potential candidate for state governor. Hickenlooper stated that if Secretary Salazar mounted a bid for governor, he would likely not challenge him in a Democratic primary. On January 7, 2010, Salazar confirmed that he would not be running for governor in 2010 and endorsed Hickenlooper for the position. On January 12, 2010, media outlets reported that Hickenlooper would begin a campaign for Colorado governor. On August 5, 2010, Hickenlooper selected CSU-Pueblo president Joseph A. Garcia as his running mate. In the general election, Hickenlooper was elected with 51% of the vote.
Governor of Colorado
On January 11, 2011, John Hickenlooper was sworn in as the 42nd Governor Of Colorado. On December 4, 2012, Governor Hickenlooper was elected to serve as the vice chair of the Democratic Governors Association in 2013.
Hickenlooper's wife (from whom he is currently separated), Helen Thorpe, is a writer whose work has been published in The New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, George, and Texas Monthly. Prior to the separation, they lived in Denver's Park Hill neighborhood with their son, Teddy. Upon taking office as Governor, Hickenlooper and his family decided to maintain their private residence instead of moving to the Colorado Governor's Mansion. On July 31, 2012, Gov. Hickenlooper announced that he and his wife were separating after 10 years of marriage.
Following his separation from his wife, Hickenlooper moved into the Colorado Governor's Mansion
Other relatives include Olga Hickenlooper (a.k.a. Olga Samaroff), a concert pianist who was the first wife of conductor Leopold Stokowski, and Bourke Hickenlooper, who served as Governor of Iowa and as U.S. Senator from Iowa.
Hickenlooper appears in Kurt Vonnegut's novel, Timequake. In November 2012, Esquire interviewed Hickenlooper as one of the "Americans of the Year 2012". Hickenlooper has been an advocate of bringing the experience of business leaders into government service and has reached out to the business community through events which bring together executives government, education, and corporate sectors such as The IT Summit's IT Conferences. As a result he has been the inspiration for, as well as the focus of, a book on effective governance: Leadocracy, by author and consultant Geoff Smart, in which Smart explores why business leaders should serve in public office in order to make state or local governments run more effectively and efficiently.
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- Lizza, Ryan (May 13, 2013). "The Middleman". The New Yorker: 26–31.
- Bedingfield, Steve (October 13, 2010). "How Old is John Hickenlooper? He is a graduate of [http://www.haverford.org/ The Haverford School] an independent boys school in Haverford PA. He is a 1970 graduate.". Politics Daily. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
- Politico (2011). "Arena Profile: Gov. John Hickenlooper". politico.com.
- "Mile-High Madness", by Rick Reilly, Sports Illustrated, October 2007
- "Mayors Against Illegal Guns: Coalition Members".
- Gibbs, Nancy (April 17, 2005). "The 5 Best Big City Mayors". Time.
- "Denver v10 year plan to end homelessness".
- O'Driscoll, Patrick (November 3, 2005). "Denver OKs pot". USA Today. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
- Hickenlooper, John. State of the City Address 2006 Greenprint Denver.
- Climate Action Plan & Reports Greenprint Denver.
- Bartells, Lynn; Lee, Kurtis (21 March 2013). "3 new gun bills on the books in Colorado despite its Wild West image". Denver Post. pp. 1a,10a.
- Staff (Nov 17, 2013) DenverPost.com
- Wayne Harrison, "Letters urge governor to deny clemency for Nathan Dunlap", 7 News Denver, 10 May 2013.
- "Hickenlooper endorses Ritter for Gov : The Rocky Mountain News".
- DNC host's tax-free gas evaporates : Updates : The Rocky Mountain News
- "Next senator? Hickenlooper". Denver Post. December 21, 2008. Retrieved December 21, 2008.
- Osher, Christopher (December 24, 2008). "Denver mayor confirms interest in Senate job". Denver Post. Retrieved December 24, 2008.
- Parnes, Amie (January 3, 2009). "Bennet pick shocks some in Colorado". Denver Post. Retrieved January 3, 2009.
- Knox, Don (January 6, 2010). "Can You Say Gov. Hickenlooper?". State Bill Colorado.
- "Colorado Governor Bill Ritter not running for re-election". 9 News. January 6, 2010.
- Salazar will not enter governor's race. The Denver Post. Jan 7, 2010.
- "John Hickenlooper to run for governor, multiple reports say". Westword. January 12, 2010.
- Bartels, Lynn; Crummy, Karen E. (August 6, 2010). "CSU-Pueblo chief tapped as Hickenlooper's running mate". Denver Post.
- Gathright, Alan (August 4, 2006). "Hickenloopers out to forsake their LoDo loft". Rocky Mountain News (Denver Publishing Company). pp. 6A. Retrieved April 24, 2010.
- "Governors-including Hickenlooper-forgoing living in executive mansions" (Denverpost.com)
- "Colorado governor and wife to separate, political future still looks bright". Denver Post. Retrieved August 5, 2012.
- Timpane, John (October 27, 2010). "On campaign trail with John Hickenlooper, Pennsylvania native running for Colorado governor". Inquirer. Retrieved August 10, 2011.
- Nordyke, Kimberly (November 22, 2010). "George Hickenlooper's Death Caused by Accidental Overdose". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Sneak peek at Abramoff flick starring Spacey – KIKI RYAN, Politico
- Ealy, Charles. "George Hickenlooper: The life and times of a director". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved August 10, 2011.
- Farrell, Susan (2008). Critical companion to Kurt Vonnegut: a literary reference to his life and work. Infobase. p. 284. ISBN 0-8160-6598-5.
- John Hickenlooper Interview 1212, Esquire Magazine. By Robert Sanchez. November 16, 2012. Retrieved December 16, 2012.
- Hickenlooper Inspires Book on Leadership, Denver Business Journal. By Ed Sealover. July 3, 2012. Retrieved December 16, 2012.
November 9, 2012 - Bill Maher Show - HBO, suggests that "Hickenlooper" be used to describe "taking too big of a bong hit" in recognition of Hickenlooper's stance on the legalization of Cannabis in the state of Colorado. http://sync.democraticunderground.com/10021781730
- Governor John Hickenlooper official government site
- John Hickenlooper for Governor
- John Hickenlooper on the Open Directory Project
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