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.
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, which helped spark the revitalization of the city’s now-thriving Lower Downtown (“LoDo”) district.
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 and his team have championed innovation, collaboration and efficiency, working to ensure that Colorado and its business-friendly climate is one of the most desirable places to live, work and play.
Under his leadership, the state legislature has passed five consecutive balanced budgets with bipartisan support, and his administration has tackled some of the state’s toughest challenges, through bold initiatives such as the Colorado Blueprint 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 bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in geology.
Robin Pringle Hickenlooper, First Lady of Colorado, was born and raised in California. She received her B.A. from Duke University, with a major in public policy, and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Currently she serves as a senior vice president of corporate development at Liberty Media Corporation. In this role, she is responsible for identifying investment opportunities in the media, technology and eCommerce arenas, oversight of Liberty portfolio companies and assisting in the business development efforts of the portfolio companies.
Mrs. Hickenlooper co-founded and helps lead WeCN, a program whose mission is to unite female leaders in media and technology and provide an opportunity for promising female entrepreneurs to enhance and improve their businesses. She serves on the board of directors of FTD, Inc., Chipotle Mexican Grill, the Clyfford Still Museum, French American Foundation and the Biennial of the Americas. She also is a term member of The Council on Foreign Relations.
The first lady and her husband, Gov. John Hickenlooper, reside in Denver, Colorado.