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Keynote Luncheon
John Hickenlooper
The Honorable John Hickenlooper - Former Colorado Governor

About John

A laid off geologist who started a brewpub, John Hickenlooper is a lifetime entrepreneur who ran, and won, as a "dark horse" for Mayor of Denver in 2003. In 2005 TIME Magazine named him one of the top five big-city mayors in America. He ran winning campaigns in 2010 and 2014 -- two of the worst cycles for Democrats in 25 years -- and is leaving 16 years of service to Colorado as the most popular outgoing Governor in 50+ years, with an approval rating of 59%.

His ability to drive collaboration in a purple state has resulted in some major victories for the people of Colorado. In 2013, Governor Hickenlooper signed gun-safety measures requiring universal background checks for gun sales and limiting ammunition magazines to 15 rounds. In 2012, he called a special session to move Colorado forward on civil unions and then signed marriage equality into law prior to the Supreme Court action in 2014. He prioritized healthcare and expanded Medicaid so that now over 94% of Coloradans have basic health insurance. He also led efforts to pass the world's most aggressive methane regulations and championed the Colorado Energy Plan, which will retire two coal plants early and put Colorado ahead of the Climate Alliance goals he signed onto in 2017.