Edit ModuleShow Tags

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


Published:

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.

Edit Module
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

Get more content like this: Subscribe to the magazine | Sign up for our Free e-newsletter

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Articles

Cherry Creek North Business Improvement District’s Names Nick LeMasters as CEO

Nick LeMasters is active in the Denver community, currently serving on the board of directors for Visit Denver, as a mayoral-appointed board member of the Denver Convention Center Hotel Authority and on the executive committee for the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation.

Big Problem? No Problem. Try Transparency

Whether business leaders or politicians, the ones who get into really deep doo-doo are the ones who screw up and cover up.

FoodMaven Appoints New CEO

Deda has held senior and executive leadership roles at Vertafore, Galvanize, FullContact and TruStile in operations, sales, marketing and support. He is also a co-founder and board member for Denver Startup Week.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags