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John Hickenlooper
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Hickenlooper in April 2019
42nd Governor of Colorado
In office
January 11, 2011 – January 8, 2019
Lieutenant Joseph Garcia
Preceded by Bill Ritter
Succeeded by Jared Polis
42nd Mayor of Denver
In office
July 21, 2003 – January 11, 2011
Preceded by Wellington Webb
Succeeded by Bill Vidal
Personal details
Born February 7, 1952 (1952-02-07) (age 68)
Narberth, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Helen Thorpe
Residence Governor's Mansion
Alma mater Wesleyan University

John Wright Hickenlooper (born February 7, 1952) is an American politician. He was the 42nd Governor of Colorado from January 11, 2011 to January 8, 2019. Hickenlooper is a Democrat. He was the mayor of Denver, Colorado from 2003 to 2011.

Hickenlooper announced his candidacy for President of the United States on March 4, 2019.

Early life, education and career

Hickenlooper was born in Narberth, Pennsylvania. He was raised by his mother after his father died young. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University. At Wesleyan, he earned a B.A. in English in 1974 and a master’s degree in geology in 1980.

Before becoming mayor in July 2003, he was a geologist and then a businessperson. Hickenlooper owned several restaurants in the late 1980s. He was one of the founders of the original Wynkoop Brewing Company brewpub.

Political positions

Campaign for the homeless

Hickenlooper has wanted more homeless services since becoming mayor in 2003. He talked about his "10 year plan to end homelessness" at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C..

2020 presidential campaign

Hickenlooper formally announced his candidacy for President of the United States on March 4, 2019. Before announcing his campaign, Hickenlooper was widely seen as a possible candidate for President in 2020. Hickenlooper will formally launch his campaign on March 7, 2019 in Denver.

Personal life

Hickenlooper's wife, Helen Thorpe, is a writer. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, George, and Texas Monthly. They currently live in Denver's Park Hill neighborhood with their son, Teddy. Hickenlooper told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he and Thorpe attend Quaker meetings and try to live by Quaker values.

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