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
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]

Currently he is the only two-term Republican elected official serving in a statewide elected office in Colorado.

In 2014, he was named one of America's top 24 rising political stars by the Aspen Institute. He received the Aspen Institute's prestigious Rodel Fellowship, a program designed to bring together elected officials who have demonstrated an outstanding ability to work responsibly across partisan divisions and bring greater civility to public discourse.[2]

Early life[edit]

Walker Stapleton family has been active in Colorado since the early 1900s[citation needed]. 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[citation needed]. He is the son of diplomat Craig Roberts Stapleton. His great-grandfather Benjamin F. Stapleton, was a politician who served five terms as mayor of Denver.

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.

Walker, his wife Jenna, son Craig, and daughters Colette and Olivia live in Arapahoe County. His community efforts include serving on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver. His wife Jenna is on the Board of Advisors of ACE Scholarships. Together, on a volunteer basis, they are involved in many other Colorado charities.

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


  1. ^ Ballotpedia. Walker Stapleton. Retrieved: 2017-03-10.
  2. ^ "About the Rodel Fellowship Program". 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Cary Kennedy
Treasurer of Colorado