John Hickenlooper


John Hickenlooper : biography

07 February 1952 –

Greenprint Denver

In his State of the City address on July 12, 2006, Hickenlooper announced an initiative called Greenprint Denver to promote sustainable development and practices and reduce citywide greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with the 2006 U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement.Hickenlooper, John. Greenprint Denver. The initiative, guided by a leadership group of city and community members, features a series of goals to meet over a five-year period. Greenprint Denver.

Gun control

On March 20, 2013, Hickenlooper signed bills HB1224, HB1228 and HB1229. HB1224 created a limit of 15 rounds in magazines that could be bought, sold or transferred within the state. HB1228 taxes firearm transfers to recover costs of the background checks from HB1229. HB1229 requires background checks for any firearm transfer within the state. He signed hours after a member of his cabinet was assassinated.

House Bill 1136

Signed by Governor John Wright Hickenlooper, House Bill 1136 gives employees in small businesses (i.e. organizations consisting of less than 15 employees) the opportunity to file a discrimination lawsuit against their business employers and claim punitive and / or compensatory damages, along with the charges for hiring legal counsel. This bill will take effect in January 2015 in order to let the public as well as businesses adapt to the changes over time, which might be reflected in the latest labor law posters.

Capital Punishment

On May 22nd, 2013, Governor Hickenlooper granted an indefinite stay of execution to Nathan Dunlap, who was facing execution for the 1996 murder of four persons at a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant. The decision came after victims’ families asked Hickenlooper to allow the execution of Dunlap to proceed as scheduled.Wayne Harrison, , 7 News Denver, 10 May 2013. Hickenlooper stated: "It is a legitimate question whether we as a state should be taking lives.”

Governor of Colorado

On January 11, 2011, John Hickenlooper was sworn in as the 42nd Governor Of Colorado. On December 4, 2012, Governor Hickenlooper was elected to serve as the vice chair of the Democratic Governors Association in 2013.

Political campaigns

2006 Colorado gubernatorial race

Hickenlooper was viewed as a possible contender for Governor of Colorado in the November 2006 election to replace term-limited Republican Governor Bill Owens. Despite a "Draft Hick" campaign, he officially announced on February 6, 2006 that he would not seek the Democratic nomination for governor. Later, he threw his support behind Democrat Bill Ritter, Denver’s former District Attorney who was later elected.

2008 Democratic National Convention

Hickenlooper was an executive member of the Denver 2008 Convention Host Committee and helped lead the successful campaign for Denver to host the landmark 2008 Democratic National Convention, which was also the centennial anniversary of the city’s hosting of the 1908 Democratic National Convention.

In a controversial move decried by critics as breaching partisan ethics, the Hickenlooper administration arranged for the DNC host committee members, a private non-profit organization, to get untaxed fuel from Denver city-owned pumps, saving them $0.404 per gallon of fuel.

2008 Senate seat appointment

According to The Denver Post, he was considered to be the frontrunner to fill the United States Senate seat to be vacated by Ken Salazar upon his expected confirmation to be Secretary of the Interior in the Obama Administration. Hickenlooper had confirmed his interest in the seat. However, on January 3, 2009, Gov. Bill Ritter appointed Denver Public Schools Superintendent Michael Bennet to the position. Bennet previously served as Chief of Staff to Mayor Hickenlooper.

2010 Colorado gubernatorial race

After Governor Ritter announced on January 6, 2010 that he would step down at the end of his term, Hickenlooper was cited as a potential candidate for state governor. Hickenlooper stated that if Secretary Salazar mounted a bid for governor, he would likely not challenge him in a Democratic primary. On January 7, 2010, Salazar confirmed that he would not be running for governor in 2010 and endorsed Hickenlooper for the position. The Denver Post. Jan 7, 2010. On January 12, 2010, media outlets reported that Hickenlooper would begin a campaign for Colorado governor. On August 5, 2010, Hickenlooper selected CSU-Pueblo president Joseph A. Garcia as his running mate. On November 2, 2010, at 8:46 MST CNN projected that Hickenlooper would be the next Governor of Colorado.

Mayor of Denver

Hickenlooper’s first tasks included handling the city’s budget crisis and changing its career personnel system. His cabinet appointees were relatively young. Mayor Hickenlooper is a member of the gun control group Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition, an organization formed in 2006 and co-chaired by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston mayor Thomas Menino. Hickenlooper resigned as mayor at 8 am on January 11, 2011, hours before being inaugurated as Colorado’s Governor.

Although municipal elections in Denver are nonpartisan, Hickenlooper is a Democrat. Hickenlooper won re-election for the office of Mayor in May 2007 with 87% of the vote. In 2005 he was named by Time Magazine as being one of the five best big-city mayors in the US.

The summer of 2009, suffered from violent, racially motivated beatings in the lower downtown area. Hickenlooper covered up the beatings for several months. This resulted in many peoples lives being endangered, as bait to capture more black gang members.