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  Ritter, Bill
CANDIDATE DETAILS
AffiliationDemocratic  
 
NameBill Ritter
Address
Denver, Colorado , United States
EmailNone
Website [Link]
Born September 06, 1956 (62 years)
ContributorBen
Last ModifedPaul
Dec 01, 2012 07:56pm
Tags Moderate-to-Liberal - Health Care Reform - Pro Embryonic Stem Cell Research - Pro Environment - Pro-Capital Punishment - Pro-Civil Unions - Pro-Life -
InfoLIFELONG COLORADAN
Bill, 49, was born in Colorado and raised on a farm east of Aurora, the sixth of 12 children of Bill and Ethel Ritter. Bill's dad was a heavy equipment operator, while his mom stayed home until tight economic circumstances forced her to find work as a bookkeeper when Bill was in his early teens.

Bill started working full time in construction at age 14 to help support the family. As a member of the local laborer's union, he continued working construction to pay his way through Colorado State University and the University of Colorado Law School. He earned his law degree in 1981 and was hired as a Denver deputy district attorney.

PUBLIC SERVICE
In 1987, Bill and his wife, Jeannie, began a three-year commitment to manage and expand a nutrition center in Zambia, Africa, where thousands of children suffered from malnutrition. Returning home in 1990, Bill worked as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney's Office. In May 1992, Bill returned to the DA's Office.

Bill was appointed as Denver's district attorney in 1993. He was elected to the position in 1994 and re-elected in 1996 and 2000.

As district attorney, Bill:


Established one of the nation's first drug courts;

Focused on white-collar crime and crime against seniors, and expanded domestic and sexual abuse prosecution;

Created the nation's first Victim Service's Network;

Advised the U.S. attorney general on community security following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

These accomplishments earned Bill a national reputation for effective prosecution, innovation and the ability to manage public dollars wisely and efficiently.

Widely respected by his peers, Bill served as a vice president of the National Association of District Attorneys, Chairman of the American Prosecutors Research Institute, and on the board for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.

FAMILY and COMMUNITY
Bill and Jeannie have been married for 21 years. They have three sons and a daughter: August, 19; Abe, 16; Sam, 14; and Tally, 12. Jeannie is a substitute teacher with Denver Public Schools. Most of Bill's extended family, including his 28 nieces and nephews, live in Colorado.

Bill has served his community as chairman of the board of Promoting Alternatives to Violence through Education (Project PAVE), the Mile High United Way board, the Denver Foundation's Human Services Committee, and the Denver Public Schools Commission on Secondary School Reform.

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JOB APPROVAL POLLS
DateFirmApproveDisapproveDon't Know
10/21/2010-10/23/2010 Public Policy Polling 37.00% ( 1.0) 52.00% ( 3.0) 11.00% ( 3.0)
09/30/2010-10/02/2010 Public Policy Polling 38.00% ( 5.0) 49.00% ( 1.0) 14.00% ( 4.0)
09/12/2010-09/12/2010 Rasmussen Reports 43.00% ( 1.0) 54.00% ( 0.0) 3.00% ( 1.0)
08/29/2010-08/29/2010 Rasmussen Reports 44.00% ( 0.0) 54.00% ( 0.0) 2.00% ( 0.0)
08/20/2010-08/22/2010 Ipsos-Public Affairs 46.00% ( 0.0) 50.00% ( 0.0) 4.00% ( 0.0)
08/11/2010-08/11/2010 Rasmussen Reports 44.00% ( 5.0) 54.00% ( 7.0) 2.00% ( 1.0)
08/07/2010-08/08/2010 Public Policy Polling 33.00% ( 1.0) 50.00% ( 2.0) 18.00% ( 4.0)
08/02/2010-08/02/2010 Rasmussen Reports 39.00% ( 4.0) 61.00% ( 6.0) 1.00% ( 1.0)
07/26/2010-07/26/2010 Rasmussen Reports 43.00% ( 1.0) 55.00% ( 2.0) 2.00% ( 1.0)
07/08/2010-07/08/2010 Rasmussen Reports 42.00% ( 1.0) 57.00% ( 0.0) 1.00% ( 1.0)
FAVORABILITY POLLS
DateFirmFavorableUnfavorableDon't Know
08/28/2007-08/31/2007 RBI Strategies (D) 66.00% ( 0.0) 18.00% ( 0.0) 16.00% ( 0.0)

BOOKS
Title Purchase Contributor

EVENTS
Start Date End Date Type Title Contributor

NEWS
Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Oct 21, 2010 12:00am Speculative 'New energy' job in Ritter's future?  Article Jason 

DISCUSSION
Importance? 8.20000 Average

FAMILY
Wife Jeannie L. Ritter Nov 00, 1983-

INFORMATION LINKS
RACES
  11/07/2006 CO Governor Won 56.99% (+16.82%)
  08/08/2006 CO Governor- D Primary Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/07/2000 Denver District Attorney Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/05/1996 District Attorney - Denver Won 61.91% (+23.82%)
SPECULATIVE, DID NOT RUN
  03/02/2017 US Secretary of Energy Lost 0.00% (-62.63%)
ENDORSEMENTS
CO Treasurer - D Primary - Jun 26, 2018 D Dave Young
CO Attorney General - D Primary - Jun 26, 2018 D Phil Weiser
Denver Mayor - Jun 07, 2011 D Michael Hancock