Steve Hogan

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Steve Hogan
Mayor of Aurora, Colorado
Assumed office
November 14, 2011
Preceded by Ed Tauer
Member of the Colorado House of Representatives from the 40th district
In office
Personal details
Born 1948/1949 (age 67–68)[1]
Political party Republican
Other political
Formerly Democratic
Spouse(s) Becky
Alma mater B.A., University of Denver[2]
Hogan (second from left) and others sign the Aurora Community Covenant between Aurora and Fort Carson

Steve Hogan (born c. 1948) is an American politician who has served as the Mayor of Aurora, Colorado since November 2011. Hogan is a member of the Republican Party.

Early life and career[edit]

Hogan earned his undergraduate degree at University of Denver, where he was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.

Specializing in transport management, Hogan was the executive director of the E-470 Public Highway Authority from 1991 to 1998, leaving that year to run the Northwest Parkway Authority until 2008.[3]

Political career[edit]

Elected in 1974, Hogan was a one-term legislator in the Colorado House of Representatives representing the 40th district, which covered most of the Arapahoe County portion of Aurora.[3] At this stage a member of the Democratic Party,[4] Hogan made a run in 1979 for the Aurora City Council, winning in what he described as 'the most competitive council election in decades'.[3] His victory marked the first of six non-consecutive terms as a councilman (1979-1983, 1985-1997, 2001-09).[5]

Outside of the city council, Hogan has twice been a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives; the first in 1982, when he was the Democratic nominee in the 6th district against Republican Jack Swigert of Apollo 13 fame, emphasizing his political experience compared to political novice Swigert.[6] Swigert emerged victorious, but died from cancer before he could assume office, and Hogan once more represented the Democrats in the 1983 special election that followed. He ran on a campaign criticizing the economic and defense policies of President Ronald Reagan, whilst advocating higher taxes to reduce the federal deficit, and lost to Republican state senator Dan Schaefer.[7]

At some stage becoming a Republican, Hogan made a second run for the Aurora mayoralty (the first being a failed attempt in 1987) in 2011. He took advantage of his image as an adept budget manager, and was described in The Denver Post as a man with a 'reputation as problem-solver and capable manager' in its endorsement.[8][9] In the 6-person race, Hogan was seen as the establishment candidate, enjoying bipartisan support, including from the local branch of the AFL-CIO, and won the November election with 37% of the vote.[4]

His mayoralty received national attention when 12 people were killed during the 2012 Aurora shooting.[10]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Hogan has been the recipient of several awards, including: the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award from the City of Aurora; Outstanding Legislator from the Colorado Chapter of Disabled American Veterans; the Community Leadership Award from the Aurora Chamber of Commerce; and the Circle of Life Award from the Northern Aurora Business Association.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Hogan is on the Aurora Chamber of Commerce and the Aurora Economic Development Council.[2] He lives in the High Point neighbourhood with his wife, Becky.[3]


  1. ^ Hatlestad, Luc. "Suburban Shake Up". Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Steve Hogan". Aurora City Council. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d "About Steve". Steve Hogan for Mayor. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Ernest, Luning (4 November 2011). "Hogan takes prize, lands top spot". The Colorado Statesman. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Experience". Steve Hogan for Mayor. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Ex-astronaut out front in race for Congress, against cancer". Tri City Herald. 20 October 1982. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  7. ^ Kerr, Bob (30 March 1983). "Schaefer elected to Congress". St. Joseph News-Press. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "The 5280 Fifty: we rank the 50 most powerful people in Denver.". 5280. December 2011. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Editorial: Steve Hogan for mayor of Aurora". The Denver Post. 21 October 2012. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Denver shooting an 'intense tragedy'". BBC News. 20 July 2012. Retrieved 21 July 2012.