John Hickenlooper was sworn in as governor of Colorado on January 11, 2011, and was sworn in for his second term on January 13, 2015. He currently serves as chair of the National Governors Association.
Hickenlooper began his career as a geologist and later opened a series of restaurants and brewpubs across the country, including the Wynkoop Brewing Co. in downtown Denver. He served as the mayor of Denver, Colorado, from 2003 to 2011. As mayor, he reduced the size of city government, streamlined services and introduced successful programs to reduce homelessness and promote sustainability.
Since taking the oath of office, Hickenlooper has continued working to make government more effective, efficient and elegant. Under his leadership, the state has passed a balanced budget with bipartisan support for two years in a row. Hickenlooper has put into action his commitment to using collaboration and innovation to tackle some of the state’s toughest challenges, through bold programs such as the Colorado Blueprint, TBD Colorado and the Colorado Innovation Network. These programs engage Coloradans to work together to help the state define and achieve its goals.
Hickenlooper graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in English and a Master’s Degree in Geology.