Colorado governor's political star continues to rise
Gov. John Hickenlooper's moderate, no-nonsense approach wins him approval on both sides of the aisle
Gov. John Hickenlooper, 65
Geologist-turned-brewer-turned-politician, Hickenlooper is the first governor with a brewing background since Sam Adams. His landmark Wynkoop Brewing Co. helped put LoDo on the map. Rent was $1 per square foot when it opened in 1988; now it's eclipsed $50.
Hickenlooper moved into politics in the new millennium, and after two terms as Denver's mayor, he was sworn in as Colorado's governor in 2011. His moderate, hands-on, no-nonsense approach has won him plaudits from both sides of the aisle and the media. Oft-mentioned as a candidate for the U.S. Senate or even the White House, his political star continues to rise.
Based on his career path to date, however, expect the unexpected from Hick.