John Hickenlooper

John Hickenlooper



RACE SUMMARY: Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper unseated GOP Sen. Cory Gardner in a key race for this seat.

Party: Democrat

Born: 2/7/1952

Education: Wesleyan University (MA), Wesleyan University (BA)

Occupation: Small business owner, Geologist

Family: Married, one child

Political Career:

  • U.S. Senator, State of Colorado, 2020-Present
  • Governor, State of Colorado, 2011-2019
  • Mayor, City of Denver, 2003-2011


  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions
  • Commerce, Science & Transportation
  • Small Business & Entrepreneurship

  • Strong supporter of the U.S.-Israel relationship
  • Believes the survival and security of Israel is in the interest of the United States
  • Believes a two-state solution is fundamental to Israel's security, and that the U.S. must be part of the process
  • Supports maintaining Israel's QME (Qualitative Military Edge)
  • Strongly supports the JCPOA, and opposed pulling out of the treaty

  • Supports Roe v. Wade
  • Rejects efforts to make it harder for women to access vital health care services
  • Believes reproductive rights are a personal liberty issue and the government should not make a decision about what a woman does with her body
  • Supports access to long-acting reversible contraception
  • Believes the Hyde Amendment should be repealed
In His Own Words

"At a time when women's rights are under attack, we need to stand tall for our values. The #HydeAmendent actively harms women by limiting access and choice. It needs to be repealed."  1

"Women deserve access to the full range of reproductive healthcare services." 2

"For too long, gun violence has gone unaddressed. This epidemic calls for comprehensive reform on all fronts." 3

"Climate change is a national security issue. Climate change and resource scarcity is with us today. It's not a theory, it's a fact." 4

SOURCES: (1) Twitter 6/5/2019, (2) 2019 Position Paper,  (3) 2019 Postition Paper


Interesting Facts

Was a brewer and co-founder of Wynkoop Brewing Company

Favorite movies are Citizen Kane, To Have and Have Not, and Polar Express

Was Democratic candidate for President in the 2020 race