John Hickenlooper serves as the junior United States Senator from Colorado - since 2021. A member of the Democratic Party, Hickenlooper was mayor of Denver from 2003 to 2011 and governor of Colorado from 2011 to 2019.
John Hickenlooper was born in Narberth, Pennsylvania, a middle-class area of the suburban Main Line of Philadelphia.A 1970 graduate of The Haverford School, an independent boys school in Haverford, Pennsylvania, he went on to attend Wesleyan University, where he received a B.A. in English in 1974 and a master's degree in geology in 1980.
Hickenlooper worked as a geologist in Colorado for Buckhorn Petroleum in the early 1980s. When Buckhorn was sold, Hickenlooper was laid off in 1986. He and five business partners opened the Wynkoop Brewing Company brewpub in October 1988 after raising startup funds from dozens of friends and family along with a Denver economic development office loan. The Wynkoop was one of the first brewpubs in the United States.
While Cory Gardner has voted repeatedly to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Hickenlooper proudly embraces it declaring “Health care is a right, not a privilege.” He is proud of his health care record in Colorado and views the ACA as a foundation on which we should build, not the final product. He vows to fight climate change calling for a transition to a 100% renewable energy economy with net-zero emissions by 2050 and will work for a job-creating energy plan for America. Even in gun-totting Colorado, he has the courage to stand up to the NRA and call for sensible gun control measures which even most sensible gun owners can support. He embraces economic measures which will grow the economy by bringing together employers and potential employees with skills training programs. His commitment to arms control is consistent and goes back to his days demonstrating against the war in Vietnam and for the nuclear freeze movement.
Council for a Livable World
John Hickenlooper for Senate (D-CO).
Former Colorado Governor and presidential candidate John Hickenlooper didn’t take the usual path to public office. After working as a geologist, he became a brewer and small-business owner whose successful pub was a part of the revitalization a portion of Denver.
He is running for Senate against one of the most vulnerable Republican Senators, Sen. Cory Gardner, a first-term Senator in what political experts rate as a toss-up race. Colorado is a state that has been leaning blue; Hillary Clinton carried the state by five points in 2016 and Democrats have won the last four gubernatorial races.
As a young man, Hickenlooper was active in both the nuclear freeze movement and anti-Vietnam war demonstrations. Upon entering politics, Hickenlooper was elected Mayor of Denver and then a two-term governor of the state. He is one of the most popular politicians in Colorado history, has terrific name recognition and is a great fundraiser.
He also opposes new nuclear weapons being proposed by the Trump administration and supports re-entering the Iran nuclear agreement and extending the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty.
He will be a terrific addition to the U.S. Senate.
During the Vietnam War John Hickenlooper received a student deferment, but the military was no longer drafting young men when he graduated from college in 1974.
“I marched on Washington to oppose the Vietnam War. I went to the first Earth Day in 1969".