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  Hickenlooper, John
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AffiliationDemocratic  
  2014-01-01  
 
NameJohn Hickenlooper
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Denver, Colorado , United States
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Born February 07, 1952 (66 years)
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InfoGov. John Hickenlooper's ambition for Colorado is even bigger than his name.

A geologist-turned brewpub pioneer who had never run for political office (not even student council) before running for Denver Mayor in 2003, John was elected Governor of Colorado on Nov. 2, 2010. His boundless energy, enthusiasm and creativity are generating tremendous optimism and confidence in Colorado's future.

After being laid-off as a geologist in the 1980s, John struggled for a while until he came up with the crazy idea to open Colorado's first brewpub. As John likes to say, "I didn't know anything about starting a business. I didn't even know what a pro forma was."

But John went to the library, got books on how to write a business plan and started the long process of making his vision a reality. Although he had to interview with more than 20 banks, he eventually opened The Wynkoop Brewing Co. in the dilapidated warehouse district of downtown Denver. His vision proved successful, and his brewpub and restaurant are now mainstays of Denver's community, and the beating heart of the lower downtown neighborhood.

As the mayor of Denver, John's business abilities, partnered with the team he put together at the city, played important roles in the success he achieved after taking office. In 2005, after serving only two years as mayor, Time Magazine placed him among the top five "big-city" mayors in the country. In 2008, John brought a new level of attention to the Mile High City, successfully marketing Denver as an ideal place to host the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Born in Narberth, Pa., John lost his father at a young age and was raised by his notoriously frugal mother. Having lived through the Great Depression, John's mother never wore a dress she didn't sew herself, and she washed plastic wrap and aluminum foil for reuse.

John has carried those lessons of frugality and budget consciousness throughout his life, and as an entrepreneur and politician, they have been crucial to his success.

John moved to Colorado in 1981, after earning a master's in Geology at Wesleyan University, and found work with Buckhorn Petroleum. With the collapse of the oil industry in the 1980s, John was laid-off, providing him with the opportunity to tap his entrepreneurial skills.

When he opened the Wynkoop Brewing Co. in 1988, the Lower Downtown section of Denver was a rough neighborhood. To the surprise of his business partners, John made a point of advertising near-by restaurants in his brewpub. Though his friends told him he was nuts, John understood that the real competition was television: if they could create an attractive atmosphere that would pull people off their couches, every restaurant in the area would benefit. His efforts helped revitalize the area and turned "LoDo" into the dynamic, bustling community it is today.

As Denver began the construction of its new football stadium, John got involved in the negotiations, ensuring that the new stadium stay true to its original name, the famed Mile High Stadium. Ever the believer in good marketing, John was concerned that the city was about to lose its one landmark with "Mile High" in its title. His work helped create the first brokered naming deal in the nation, for what is now Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium. John's leadership on the deal and his connection to the community got his friends talking about a run for mayor.

In 2003, without ever having run for public office, John entered the race for mayor. Despite opposition from seasoned political veterans, he captured the attention of voters with his outsiders' perspective and business prowess, and he won by a landslide 2-to-1 margin.

Before ever taking office, he tossed aside regional conflicts - announcing to suburban mayors that the days of "Denver first" were over. John pushed aside partisanship and reached out to Colorado's Republican Governor to bridge a new, city-state partnership. Just like he did in his early days in LoDo, John knew that as the state and region succeeded, so would Denver and vice-versa.

As mayor, John consistently honed a creative, innovative and efficient edge to government. He overhauled the city's financial system, created the city's first chief financial officer and streamlined many City services.

In 2005, John introduced GreenPrint Denver, a plan to improve Denver's urban environment by increasing efficiency and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, promoting "green" urban design, and implementing an aggressive waste reduction campaign. The effort has reduced energy use at Denver International Airport by 11 percent per passenger, increased recycling throughout the city by 69 percent, and reduced water use at City Hall by a million gallons per year.

In 2008, John successfully marketed Denver's long-shot bid for the 2008 Democratic National Convention. As promised, John avoided using public funds for the campaign. Instead, he traveled the country to garner support from leaders in the Democratic community, procuring the necessary funding to host the convention. The event put Colorado on the international stage and brought more than $260 million into the local economy.

John's most ambitious campaign, his mission to reduce homelessness in Denver, saw great success. Denver's Road Home provides employment assistance and housing for the homeless. The success of this program become a model for other cities, illustrating how they can combat homelessness within the inner city.

Overall, his tireless efforts to improve the city of Denver paid-off. Despite shrinking budgets and managing the city through two national recessions, a recent citizen survey found that Denver's overall community quality rating improved to 86 percent in 2010 from 78 percent in 2002.

John ran for Governor of Colorado on a jobs creation and economic development platform. In using his experience as a jobs creator and consensus builder in government, he wants to increase opportunity for the people of Colorado.

John has the experience to manage our state through these tough economic times, and he recognizes what businesses need to grow in order for them to hire more employees. He can do more than just talk about making government more efficient, he can point to his accomplishments as Mayor of a major city.

And perhaps most importantly, John has a track record of bringing people together to solve problems instead of stoking the same old partisan squabbles.

His ambition is for Colorado is a shared ambition - that we all join together as One Colorado to solve the challenges faces our state. Because this is Our Colorado.

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JOB APPROVAL POLLS
DateFirmApproveDisapproveDon't Know
10/16/2014-10/19/2014 Public Policy Polling 43.00% ( 17.0) 49.00% ( 23.0) 8.00% ( 6.0)
09/08/2014-09/10/2014 Survey USA 46.00% ( 0.0) 45.00% ( 0.0) 9.00% ( 0.0)
09/02/2014-09/04/2014 Marist Institute 52.00% ( 0.0) 39.00% ( 0.0) 9.00% ( 0.0)
09/11/2012-09/17/2012 Quinnipiac University 62.00% ( 4.0) 19.00% ( 1.0) 19.00% ( 2.0)
07/31/2012-08/06/2012 Quinnipiac University 66.00% ( 0.0) 18.00% ( 0.0) 17.00% ( 0.0)
06/14/2012-06/17/2012 Public Policy Polling 60.00% ( 3.0) 26.00% ( 2.0) 14.00% ( 5.0)
04/05/2012-04/07/2012 Public Policy Polling 57.00% ( 4.0) 24.00% ( 1.0) 19.00% ( 5.0)
12/01/2011-12/04/2011 Public Policy Polling 53.00% ( 1.0) 23.00% ( 1.0) 24.00% ( 2.0)
08/04/2011-08/07/2011 Public Policy Polling 54.00% ( 2.0) 24.00% ( 1.0) 22.00% ( 2.0)
02/04/2011-02/06/2011 Public Policy Polling 52.00% ( 0.0) 23.00% ( 0.0) 24.00% ( 0.0)
FAVORABILITY POLLS
DateFirmFavorableUnfavorableDon't Know
10/22/2014-10/27/2014 Quinnipiac University 46.00% ( 5.0) 46.00% ( 4.0) 8.00% ( 1.0)
10/18/2014-10/21/2014 Suffolk University 46.00% ( 0.0) 46.00% ( 4.0) 8.00% ( 4.0)
10/15/2014-10/21/2014 Quinnipiac University 51.00% ( 0.0) 42.00% ( 0.0) 7.00% ( 0.0)
09/13/2014-09/16/2014 Suffolk University 46.00% ( 0.0) 42.00% ( 0.0) 12.00% ( 0.0)
09/10/2014-09/15/2014 New England College 43.00% ( 0.0) 51.00% ( 0.0) 6.00% ( 0.0)
09/08/2014-09/10/2014 Survey USA 46.00% ( 0.0) 47.00% ( 0.0) 7.00% ( 0.0)
09/02/2014-09/04/2014 Marist Institute 50.00% ( 0.0) 41.00% ( 0.0) 9.00% ( 0.0)

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NEWS
Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Jun 25, 2018 11:00pm News Hickenlooper plans to ‘sort through’ presidential decision this summer  Article BrentinCO 
Jun 13, 2013 04:40pm News Death penalty poll: Hickenlooper's decision to let Nathan Dunlap live loses nearly 3-1  Article Scott³ 
Jul 31, 2012 01:05pm Announcement Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, first lady Helen Thorpe to separate  Article Homegrown Democrat 
Jan 13, 2012 10:00pm General Colorado Governor: The time has come for same-sex civil unions  Article COSDem 
Apr 25, 2005 07:00pm News The 5 Best Big-City Mayors. Able Amateur: JOHN HICKENLOOPER / DENVER  Article RP 
Apr 13, 2005 05:00pm Poll Ciruli Associates [CO] Poll: [Denver Mayor John] Hickenlooper has Highest Favorable to Unfavorable Rating Along Front Range  Article COSDem 

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RACES
  06/23/2020 CO US Senate - D Primary ???
  02/09/2020 US President - D Primaries ???
  11/04/2014 CO Governor Won 49.30% (+3.34%)
  08/10/2014 CO Governor - D Primary Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/02/2010 CO Governor Won 51.05% (+14.67%)
  08/10/2010 CO Governor - D Primary Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  05/01/2007 Denver Mayor Won 87.26% (+74.52%)
  06/03/2003 Denver Mayor - Runoff Won 64.58% (+29.17%)
  05/06/2003 Denver Mayor Won 43.33% (+21.03%)
SPECULATIVE, DID NOT RUN
  04/24/2017 US Secretary of Agriculture Lost 0.00% (-87.88%)
  03/01/2017 US Secretary of the Interior Lost 0.00% (-68.69%)
ENDORSEMENTS
DNC Party Chair - Feb 25, 2017 D Thomas E. Perez
CO US President - D Caucus - Mar 01, 2016 D Hillary Clinton
US President - D Primaries - Feb 09, 2016 D Hillary Clinton
CO Amendment 64 - Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act - Nov 06, 2012 NO No
CO Amendment S - Colorado State Personnel System Amendment - Nov 06, 2012 YES Yes
CO Amendment 60 - Reduces Property Taxes - Nov 02, 2010 NO No
CO Amendment 61 - Nov 02, 2010 NO No
CO Lieutenant Governor - D Selection - Aug 17, 2010 D Joe García
Referendum 1A - May 03, 2005 YES Yes
CO US Senate - D Primary - Aug 10, 2004 D Ken Salazar