Victor Mitchell

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Victor Mitchell
Victor Mitchell portrait.jpg
Member of the Colorado House of Representatives
from the 45th district
In office
January 10, 2007 – January 7, 2009
Preceded by James Sullivan
Succeeded by Carole Murray
Personal details
Born (1965-12-12) December 12, 1965 (age 51)
Edison, New Jersey, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Amy Mitchell
Education San Diego State University (BS)
Harvard University (MPA)

Victor Mitchell (born December 12, 1965) is a businessman and former legislator in the U.S. state of Colorado. Since 2009, he has been CEO of Lead Funding, a real estate lender. Elected to the Colorado House of Representatives as a Republican in 2006, Mitchell represented House District 45, including Teller County and southern Douglas County, Colorado.[1] Mitchell served one term in office and did not stand for re-election in 2008.

In February 2017, Mitchell filed papers with the Secretary of State's office and told ColoradoPolitics.com he will be a candidate for Colorado Governor in 2018.[2]

Biography[edit]

Born in Edison, New Jersey, Mitchell attended San Diego State University, earning a bachelor's degree in finance in 1988. He formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Business College of San Diego State University.[3]

Mitchell is a life-long entrepreneur and successful businessman who has started or turned around numerous companies. Since his teen years, when he worked as a newsboy and busboy, he has always worked for himself or one of his companies.

In 1987, while in college, he started a transportation business, and, over the course of his career, founded and served as CEO and chairman of five companies: Advantage Advisory Service (1989–2004), Advantage Cellular (1991–1995), Advantage Wireless (1996–2004), Motion Telecom, (2002–2004), and Ricochet Networks (2003–2004). After selling Advantage Cellular to AirTouch (later part of Verizon) in 1995, Mitchell moved to Denver, Colorado in 1996 and founded Advantage Wireless, a wireless distributor. After expanding to 114 branded locations, Advantage Wireless was sold to private investors in 2004. Advantage Wireless, Inc. was named "Colorado Small Business of the Year" by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce in 2000. Mitchell has also served on advisory boards of the Denver Metro Chamber and the Denver Better Business Bureau.[4]

In 2003, Mitchell acquired control of Ricochet Networks, a data service provider that had suffered multiple bankruptcies. The follow year, after turning its first annual profit under Mitchell's leadership, Ricochet was acquired by Young Design, Inc. Mitchell was named by the Denver Business Journal as one of their "top 40 under 40" for business executives of Colorado, and was a finalist for Ernst and Young’s "Entrepreneur of the Year" recognition.[4] Mitchell also returned to school to earn a Master of Public Administration degree in 2005 from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.[3]

Mitchell became CEO and chairman of ReLogic, an online real estate company, in November 2007.

In January 2009, Mitchell founded Lead Funding, a private lender to real estate investors, homebuilders, and developers in Colorado and other states. He still serves as CEO of that firm.

Mitchell acquired ForzaStone in 2010. That Arizona-based firm specializes in natural stone manufacturing, offering patented, lightweight, thin stone panels and accessories for a variety of commercial and residential applications. Amy Mitchell was the CEO of ForzaStone and Victor Mitchell was the Chairman. A Mitchell family partnership owned 99% of the company. In December 2016, the Mitchells sold the assets of ForzaStone to Agile Solutions.

Currently a resident of Castle Rock, Colorado, Mitchell is married; he and his wife, Amy, have three children: Lauren, David, and Emily. David Mitchell is a cadet at the US Military Academy, West Point. Victor Mitchell has been a member of the Rotary Club, the Kiwanis Club, the Douglas County Senior Foundation, and the local nonprofit Ready to Work Strive,[3] as well as Saint Thomas More Catholic Church and the Colorado Commission on Higher Education Advisory Committee. With his wife, Mitchell helped launch the Douglas County arm of Project Lifesaver, a project that provides tracking devices to Alzheimer's patients and others with a propensity for wandering.[4] Mitchell is also an avid tennis player.[5]

Politically, Mitchell chaired the Douglas County arm of the political committee opposing Colorado's 2005 Referendum C, and was a director of the Colorado Leadership Program of the Rockies.[3] In 2000, he attended the Capitol Conference in Washington D.C. on behalf of U.S. Senator Wayne Allard.[4]

Political career[edit]

2006 election[edit]

In 2006, Mitchell faced Democrat Linda Constantine in the overwhelmingly Republican district. Mitchell campaigned on his opposition to Referendum C,[6] and on his support for education reform, including support for charter schools.[7]

2007 legislative session[edit]

During the 2007 legislative session, Mitchell served on the House Education Committee, the House Finance Committee, and the Legislative Audit Committee.[8] Mitchell expressed his frustration with the pace of educational reform as a minority member of the Education Committee, blaming the lack of substantial reform on teachers' unions.[7][9]

Building upon his work with Project Lifesaver, Mitchell sponsored successful legislation to encourage the project's expansion, including $380,000 in grants to counties to provide tracking bracelets for cognitively impaired people and coordination with law enforcement agencies.[10][11]

2008 presidential election[edit]

In 2007, as a state legislator, Mitchell was named a member of the Colorado Legislative Leadership Team for former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney's presidential campaign.[12] Shortly before Super Tuesday in February, he was announced as a Douglas County chair for Romney's campaign.[13] After Romney dropped out of the presidential race a few days later, Mitchell offered support for Arizona Sen. John McCain.[14]

2008 legislative session[edit]

In the 2008 session of the Colorado General Assembly, Mitchell sat on the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee and the Legislative Audit Committee. [15]

After joining with moderate Republicans to criticize an executive order issued by Colorado Governor Bill Ritter allowing collective bargaining for state workers,[16] Mitchell unsuccessfully attempted to amend a Republican proposal for punishing striking public employees to moderate fines; both his amendment and the Republican version of the proposal failed in committee.[17] Mitchell criticized the Democratic version of the bill for not having sufficiently high penalties for striking state employees.[18]

Mitchell has also proposed legislation to require students to pass a high school proficiency exam before graduating,[19] and to enhance the ability of the state to inspect public school buildings by giving the Division of Oil and Public Safety the power to delegate building inspections to other parties, a measure which passed the state house.[20]

Retiring from legislature[edit]

Citing business responsibilities and frustration with advancing legislation while a member of the minority party in the legislature, Mitchell announced in January 2008 that he did not intend to seek re-election to a second term.[21] Carole Murray succeeded him in the District 45 House seat.[22]\

2011 Election[edit]

Mitchell formed and self-funded a campaign committee–Save Colorado Jobs–to oppose Democratic State Senator Rollie Heath's Prop 103 that would have raised both the state sales and income taxes to help fund education. It would have been the largest tax increase in Colorado history at that time. [23]\ Prop 103 was defeated by a wide margin, 64% NO to 36% YES, [24]\

References[edit]

  1. ^ "State House District 45". COMaps. Retrieved 2008-01-26. 
  2. ^ Bunch, Joey. Republican Victor Mitchell is officially in the race for Colorado governor. ColoradoPolitics.com, February 14, 2017. Retrieved: 2017-02-14.
  3. ^ a b c d "Representative Mitchell". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 2008-01-26. 
  4. ^ a b c d "About Victor Mitchell". Victor Mitchell - Republican House District 45. Retrieved 2008-01-26. 
  5. ^ Staff Report (February 1, 2007). "Citizen legislator, February 1". Rocky Mountain News. Retrieved 2008-01-27. 
  6. ^ Correll, Deedee (September 23, 2006). "District 45 — clash of the businesspeople". Colorado Springs Gazette. Archived from the original on October 17, 2006. Retrieved 2008-01-27. 
  7. ^ a b Staff Reports (May 7, 2007). "Area lawmakers win and lose". Colorado Springs Gazette. Retrieved 2008-01-27. 
  8. ^ "House Committees of Reference". Colorado General Assembly. Retrieved 2008-01-26. 
  9. ^ Sealover, Ed (April 28, 2007). "Education reform is slow-going". Colorado Springs Gazette. Retrieved 2008-01-27. 
  10. ^ Simpson, Kevin (April 1, 2007). "Bracelets help wanderers return home". Denver Post. Retrieved 2008-01-26. 
  11. ^ Sealover, Ed (May 31, 2007). "Ritter signs bills for aging, disabled". Colorado Springs Gazette. Retrieved 2008-01-27. 
  12. ^ "Governor Mitt Romney Announces Colorado Legislative Leadership Team" (Press release). Romney for President. November 15, 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-30. 
  13. ^ "Romney For President Announces Colorado County Chairs" (Press release). Romney for President. 2 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-03. 
  14. ^ Plunkett, Chuck; Anna C. Mulkern (8 February 2008). "Colo.'s GOP elite shift to McCain". Denver Post. Retrieved 2008-05-03. 
  15. ^ "House Committees of Reference". Colorado General Assembly. Retrieved 2008-01-26. 
  16. ^ Staff Reports (November 8, 2007). "Briefs: GOP lawmakers say Ritter "badly betrayed" them". Denver Post. Retrieved 2008-01-26. 
  17. ^ Mook, Bob (January 25, 2008). "'Anti-strike' bill limps out of committee". Denver Business Journal. Retrieved 2008-01-26. [dead link]
  18. ^ Sealover, Ed (January 25, 2008). "Colorado House panel rejects ban on strikes by public workers". Colorado Springs Gazette. Retrieved 2008-01-26. 
  19. ^ McElhany, Andy (January 9, 2008). "Opening day speeches". Rocky Mountain News. Retrieved 2008-01-26. 
  20. ^ Staff Reports (6 April 2008). "Lawmakers Try To Give Local Governments Power To Inspect Schools". TheDenverChannel.com. Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  21. ^ Sealover, Ed; Michael Davidson (January 16, 2008). "Tuesday in review". Colorado Springs Gazette. Retrieved 2008-01-26. 
  22. ^ Ballotpedia. Carole Murray. Retrieved: 2017-02-14.
  23. ^ Colorado Statesman per Bell Policy Center. [1]. Retrieved: 2017-03-16.
  24. ^ Colorado Public Radio. [2]. Retrieved: 2017-03-16.

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