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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


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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.

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Eric Peterson

Denver-based writer Eric Peterson is the author of Frommer's Colorado, Frommer's Montana & Wyoming, Frommer's Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks and the Ramble series of guidebooks, featuring first-person travelogues covering everything from atomic landmarks in New Mexico to celebrity gone wrong in Hollywood. Peterson has also recently written about backpacking in Yosemite, cross-country skiing in Yellowstone and downhill skiing in Colorado for such publications as Denver's Westword and The New York Daily News. He can be reached at Eptcb126@msn.com

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