Walker Stapleton

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Walker Stapleton
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Stapleton addressing an audience in 2017.
Treasurer of Colorado
Assumed office
January 11, 2011
Governor John Hickenlooper
Preceded by Cary Kennedy
Personal details
Born (1974-04-15) April 15, 1974 (age 43)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jenna Stapleton
Children 3
Education Williams College (BA)
London School of Economics
(MA)
Harvard University (MBA)

Walker Stapleton (born April 15, 1974) is serving in his second term as Colorado's State Treasurer. He was elected on November 2, 2010 after defeating incumbent Cary Kennedy with 50.73% of the vote and reelected on November 4, 2014, defeating former Congresswoman Betsy Markey and one other candidate, winning 49.9% of the vote.[1]

Early life[edit]

Walker Stapleton's family has been active in Colorado since the early 1900s.[2][3] Walker graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts, and he holds a graduate degree in business economics from the London School of Economics and an MBA from Harvard Business School.[4] He is the son of diplomat Craig Roberts Stapleton.[5] His great-grandfather Benjamin F. Stapleton served as mayor of Denver.[2]

Career[edit]

Stapleton began his private sector career in 1997 at Hambrecht & Quist as an investment banker.[6] Two years later he became Director of Business Development for Live365.[7] He subsequently served as CEO and CFO of various private and publicly traded companies, until assuming office in 2011.[8]

Stapleton was a 2014 Aspen Institute Rodel Fellow.[9]

Personal life[edit]

His mother, Dorothy Walker Stapleton, is a first cousin of former U.S. President George H. W. Bush, making him a second cousin of former U.S. President George W. Bush.[3]

Electoral history[edit]

Colorado Treasurer Republican Primary Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Walker Stapleton 181,420 50.90
Republican J. J. Ament 174,992 49.10
Colorado Treasurer Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Walker Stapleton 866,934 50.70
Democratic Cary Kennedy (inc.) 842,877 49.30
Colorado Treasurer Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Walker Stapleton (inc.) 979,281 49.87
Democratic Betsy Markey 882,437 44.94
Libertarian David Jurist 101,826 5.19

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ballotpedia. Walker Stapleton. Retrieved: 2017-03-10.
  2. ^ a b Bartels, Lynn (25 April 2011). "Stapleton! Everywhere you look". The Denver Post. Retrieved 1 August 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Bunch, Joey (20 April 2014). "Jeb Bush, Walker Stapleton benefit mutually from family ties in Colorado". The Denver Post. Retrieved 1 August 2017. 
  4. ^ "EDITORIAL: Attack on Stapleton unfair". The Gazette. 24 May 2015. Retrieved 1 August 2017. He is a successful businessman with a Harvard MBA, a graduate degree from the London School of Economics and a proven record of good results. 
  5. ^ Marcus, Peter (29 September 2014). "Treasurer candidates divided on fund for retirement". The Durango Herald. Retrieved 1 August 2017. Stapleton’s family is also no stranger to numbers and public policy. 
  6. ^ "Walker R. Stapleton". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  7. ^ "Walker Stapleton State Treasurer, State Of Colorado". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  8. ^ "Walker R. Stapleton: Colorado treasurer". Daily Camera. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  9. ^ Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowship Class of 2014

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Political offices
Preceded by
Cary Kennedy
Treasurer of Colorado
2011–present
Incumbent