Barbara O'Brien (politician)

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Barbara O'Brien
Barbara O'Brien
47th Lieutenant Governor of Colorado
In office
January 9, 2007 – January 11, 2011
Governor Bill Ritter
Preceded by Jane E. Norton
Succeeded by Joseph A. Garcia
Personal details
Born (1950-04-18) April 18, 1950 (age 67)
Brawley, California
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Rick O'Brien[citation needed]
Profession Charity president[citation needed]

Barbara O'Brien (born April 18, 1950) was the 47th Lieutenant Governor of Colorado from 2007 to 2011. She is a Democrat.

Political career[edit]

Lieutenant Governor of Colorado[edit]

She was chosen as running mate by Bill Ritter, the Democratic candidate for governor in the 2006 election.[1] The Ritter/O'Brien ticket won with 57% of the vote.[2] As lieutenant governor she made education her signature issue.[3][4] Ritter chose not to run for re-election in 2010,[5] and O'Brien also stepped down at the end of her term.

Prior to becoming lieutenant governor, she was a speechwriter and policy advisor for Governor Richard Lamm.[citation needed]

Denver School Board director[edit]

Barbara O'Brien was elected as the at-large school director of the Denver Public Schools School Board on November 5, 2013, claiming 59.5% of the vote and winning over Michael Kiley and Joan Poston.[6]

The Denver Post newspaper stated that candidates who promised reform won the majority of local school board elections across Colorado in the November 2013 off-year election, and that O'Brien, as well as her fellow winners for Denver School Board positions, were reform candidates.[7]

Business career[edit]

As of March 2012, O'Brien was a senior fellow at the Piton Foundation, which uses its private funding to develop, manage, and incubate programs to create opportunities for lower-income families in Denver.[8][full citation needed]


  1. ^ "Ritter lauded for savvy decision; Running mate Barbara O'Brien supports abortion rights". Denver Post. January 19, 2006. Retrieved September 4, 2011. 
  2. ^ "2006 election results". Colorado Secretary of State. [full citation needed]
  3. ^ "States Compete for Federal School Dollars". New York Times. November 10, 2009. Retrieved September 4, 2011. 
  4. ^ "O'Brien eager for part of school aid; The lieutenant governor says Colorado could receive $5 million for education.". Denver Post. July 24, 2009. Retrieved September 4, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Ritter to withdraw from Colorado governor's race". Denver Post. January 6, 2010. Retrieved September 4, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Final Unofficial Results". Denver Office of the Clerk and Recorder. City of Denver. Archived from the original on November 10, 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  7. ^ Lofholm, Nancy (2013-11-06). "Colorado school boards shift toward reform". Denver Post. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  8. ^ Piton Staff, retrieved 2 March 2013.
Political offices
Preceded by
Jane E. Norton
Lieutenant Governor of Colorado
January 9, 2007 – January 11, 2011
Succeeded by
Joseph A. Garcia