Denver, Colo.- John Hickenlooper announced Joseph A. Garcia as his choice for Lieutenant Governor today, creating a powerhouse gubernatorial ticket to solve the issues facing Colorado with experience, leadership and collaboration.
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Garcia's success as President of Colorado State University-Pueblo has come through his unique leadership abilities and his skill at forging partnerships with the public and private sectors. He brings an expertise in higher education and problem solving that - combined with John Hickenlooper's success in small business and managing challenging budgets - forges exactly the kind of leadership Colorado needs. Joe worked to improve the CSU-Pueblo's financial issues, attract students from across the western region and update campus facilities. He even worked with alumni to bring back the Thunderwolves football program that had been canceled in 1984.
"Joe has a track record of the kind of non-partisan, collaborative leadership Colorado needs to come together and solve our major challenges," John Hickenlooper said. "Joe has had success solving problems by bringing the public and private sectors together in a meaningful way and by his tireless work ethic. I'm proud to have such a respected leader as my running mate."
Garcia, who has been President of Pikes Peak Community College, Rocky Mountain States representative for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and executive director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, has revitalized the CSU-Pueblo campus and increased enrollment since taking over in 2006.
"I am honored to accept John's invitation to be the next Lieutenant Governor of Colorado," Garcia said. "Colorado needs leadership with experience creating jobs, managing difficult budgets and bringing people together, and that's exactly what John represents."
Born to a military family from New Mexico, Garcia moved often with stints in Alaska and Virginia. He earned a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School. His love for Colorado brought him back in 1975 where he has raised his family ever since.
An avid outdoorsman, he could not imagine calling anywhere else his home - and hopes to pass on a vibrant and strong Colorado onto his children and grandchildren.