John Hickenlooper

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John Hickenlooper
John Hickenlooper April 2019.jpg
Hickenlooper in April 2019
42nd Governor of Colorado
In office
January 11, 2011 – January 8, 2019
LieutenantJoseph Garcia
Preceded byBill Ritter
Succeeded byJared Polis
42nd Mayor of Denver
In office
July 21, 2003[1] – January 11, 2011
Preceded byWellington Webb
Succeeded byBill Vidal
Personal details
Born (1952-02-07) February 7, 1952 (age 67)
Narberth, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic Party
Spouse(s)Helen Thorpe
ResidenceGovernor's Mansion
Alma materWesleyan University

John Wright Hickenlooper (born February 7, 1952) is an American politician. He was the 42nd Governor of Colorado from January 11, 2011 to January 8, 2019. Hickenlooper is a Democrat. He was the mayor of Denver, Colorado from 2003 to 2011.

Hickenlooper announced his candidacy for President of the United States on March 4, 2019.[2]

Early life, education and career[change | change source]

Hickenlooper was born in Narberth, Pennsylvania. He was raised by his mother after his father died young.[3] He is a graduate of Wesleyan University. At Wesleyan, he earned a B.A. in English in 1974 and a master’s degree in geology in 1980.

Before becoming mayor in July 2003, he was a geologist and then a businessperson. Hickenlooper owned several restaurants in the late 1980s. He was one of the founders of the original Wynkoop Brewing Company brewpub.

Political positions[change | change source]

Campaign for the homeless[change | change source]

Hickenlooper has wanted more homeless services since becoming mayor in 2003. He talked about his "10 year plan to end homelessness" at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C.[source?].

Marijuana legalization[change | change source]

In 2006, Denver became the first major American city to make legal the private use of marijuana by people over age 21. Hickenlooper was against the marijuana legalization initiative. When the voters approved it 53.49%-46.51%, he said that the vote "reflect[s] a genuine shift in people's attitudes." Currently the Denver Police say the initiative does not overrule the state law, the Colorado Revised Statutes (CRS). Hickenlooper agrees with the Denver Police. The CRS currently treats marijuana possession much like driving faster than the speed limit. The penalty is fines of up to $100 and no jail time.[4]

2020 presidential campaign[change | change source]

Hickenlooper formally announced his candidacy for President of the United States on March 4, 2019.[5] Before announcing his campaign, Hickenlooper was widely seen as a possible candidate for President in 2020. Hickenlooper will formally launch his campaign on March 7, 2019 in Denver.[6]

Personal life[change | change source]

Hickenlooper's wife, Helen Thorpe, is a writer. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, George, and Texas Monthly. They currently live in Denver's Park Hill neighborhood with their son, Teddy.[7] Hickenlooper told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he and Thorpe attend Quaker meetings and try to live by Quaker values.[8]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Hickenlooper Sworn In As Denver's Mayor". The Denver Channel. 2003-07-21. Retrieved 2011-01-12.
  2. Turkewitz, Julie (2019-03-04). "John Hickenlooper, Former Colorado Governor, Declares Candidacy for President". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  3. Bedingfield, Steve (13 October 2010). "How Old is John Hickenlooper?". Politics Daily. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  4. O'Driscoll, Patrick (2005-11-03). "Denver OKs pot". USA Today. Retrieved 2010-05-06.
  5. Balluck, Kyle (2019-03-04). "Hickenlooper launches 2020 presidential campaign". TheHill. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  6. "Hickenlooper expected to announce Presidential run next week". FOX31 Denver. 2019-03-01. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  7. Gathright, Alan (4 August 2006). "Hickenloopers out to forsake their LoDo loft". Rocky Mountain News. Denver Publishing Company. pp. 6A. Retrieved 24 April 2010.
  8. Timpane, John (October 27, 2010). "On campaign trail with John Hickenlooper, Pennsylvania native running for Colorado governor". Inquirer. Retrieved August 10, 2011.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Wellington Webb
Mayor of Denver
2003–2011
Succeeded by
Bill Vidal
Preceded by
Bill Ritter
Governor of Colorado
2011–2019
Succeeded by
Jared Polis
Party political offices
Preceded by
Bill Ritter
Democratic nominee for Governor of Colorado
2010, 2014
Succeeded by
Jared Polis