Joseph García (U.S. politician)

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Joseph García
Lt. Governor Joseph Garcia (cropped).jpg
48th Lieutenant Governor of Colorado
Assumed office
January 11, 2011
Governor John Hickenlooper
Preceded by Barbara O'Brien
Executive Director of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education
Assumed office
January 12, 2011
Appointed by John Hickenlooper
Preceded by Demetri E. "Rico" Munn
President of CSU-Pueblo
In office
June 30, 2006 – August 6, 2010
Preceded by Ron Applbaum
Succeeded by Leslie Di Mare
Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies
In office
1993 – January 11, 1999
Appointed by Roy Romer
Succeeded by M. Michael Cooke
Personal details
Born (1957-03-21) March 21, 1957 (age 57)
Lafayette, Indiana, U.S.
Spouse(s) Claire Ferguson
Alma mater University of Colorado, Boulder
Harvard Law School
Website Government website

Joseph A. García (born March 21, 1957), is the 48th and current Lieutenant Governor of Colorado, having taken office in January 2011.

Educational background[edit]

García earned an undergraduate degree in business from the University of Colorado at Boulder, in 1979 and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School, in 1983.


García is the Vice Chair of the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education and a member of the board of trustees for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. He is also a member of the Governmental Affairs Committee for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.[1]

From 2001-2006, he served as President of Pikes Peak Community College.

From 2006-2010, he served as President of Colorado State University-Pueblo. During his tenure President Garcia helped CSU-Pueblo increase enrollment making it the fastest growing university in the state of Colorado.

García took a leave of absence from Colorado State University-Pueblo to campaign with Hickenlooper.[2]

Lieutenant Governor of Colorado[edit]

Denver Mayor and Democratic nominee for Governor John Hickenlooper selected Garcia as his running mate for the 2010 election. They won the election in a landslide against former Congressman Tom Tancredo and Republican Dan Maes. García was sworn in as the 48th Lieutenant Governor of Colorado on January 11, 2011, succeeding fellow Democrat Barbara O'Brien.


  1. ^ "Colorado State University-Pueblo > President Joseph Garcia Biography". Retrieved 2010-08-29. [dead link]
  2. ^ The Denver Post (August 12, 2010). "Hickenlooper's No. 2 to campaign on his own time". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Barbara O'Brien
Lieutenant Governor of Colorado