John Hickenlooper

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John Hickenlooper
John W. Hickenlooper World Economic Forum 2013 (cropped).jpg
Hickenlooper at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting (2013)
42nd Governor of Colorado
Assumed office
January 11, 2011
Lieutenant Joseph Garcia
Preceded by Bill Ritter
42nd Mayor of Denver
In office
July 21, 2003[1] – January 11, 2011
Preceded by Wellington Webb
Succeeded by Bill Vidal
Personal details
Born (1952-02-07) February 7, 1952 (age 66)
Narberth, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Helen Thorpe
Residence Governor's Mansion
Alma mater Wesleyan University
Religion Quaker
Website Official website

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

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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4] Hickenlooper told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he and Thorpe attend Quaker meetings and try to live by Quaker values.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Hickenlooper Sworn In As Denver's Mayor". The Denver Channel. 2003-07-21. Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
  2. Bedingfield, Steve (13 October 2010). "How Old is John Hickenlooper?". Politics Daily. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  3. O'Driscoll, Patrick (2005-11-03). "Denver OKs pot". USA Today. Retrieved 2010-05-06. 
  4. Gathright, Alan (4 August 2006). "Hickenloopers out to forsake their LoDo loft". Rocky Mountain News. Denver Publishing Company. pp. 6A. Retrieved 24 April 2010. 
  5. Timpane, John (October 27, 2010). "On campaign trail with John Hickenlooper, Pennsylvania native running for Colorado governor". Inquirer. Retrieved August 10, 2011. 

Other websites[change | change source]

Political offices
Preceded by
Wellington Webb
Mayor of Denver
Succeeded by
Bill Vidal
Preceded by
Bill Ritter
Governor of Colorado
Party political offices
Preceded by
Bill Ritter
Democratic nominee for Governor of Colorado
Most recent
Order of Precedence of the United States of America
Preceded by
Mike Pence
as Vice President
Order of Precedence of the United States
Within Colorado
Succeeded by
Mayor of city
in which event is held
Succeeded by
Otherwise Paul Ryan
as Speaker of the House of Representatives
Preceded by
Pete Ricketts
as Governor of Nebraska
Order of Precedence of the United States
Outside Colorado
Succeeded by
Doug Burgum
as Governor of North Dakota