A geologist-turned brewpub pioneer who had never run for political office (not even student council) before running for Denver Mayor in 2003, John was elected Governor of Colorado on Nov. 2, 2010 and served until 2019. During his tenure, Colorado's economy recovered from ranking 40th in job creation during the Great Recession to become the number one ranked economy in the country (US News & World Report). As Governor, he expanded health care to half a million Coloradans, established climate pollution limits that served as a national model, and enacted commonsense gun safety measures.
John started his career in Colorado as a geologist. After being laid off in the long recession of the mid-80's, along with an estimated 10,000 other Earth Science professionals, he opened the state's first brewpub in a neglected warehouse district in Lower Downtown (LoDo) Denver. He and his partners started multiple businesses, renovating nearly a full block of LoDo warehouses in mixed-use developments that included 90 unites of affordable housing. His company led the renovation efforts of more than a dozen historic buildings in cities across the Midwest.
As Mayor of Denver, he focused on bringing people together to get things done, just as he'd done as an entrepreneur. He unified all 34 metro mayors to fund and build FasTracks, at 119 miles of new track the most ambitious US transit initiative in modern American history. John made Denver the first large city to provide quality Early Childhood Education for every 4-year old, initiatied the most significant police reforms in the City's history, and opened one of the first offices of sustainability in the country.
In 2020, John was elected as Colorado's junior United States Senator. The Senator's official website can be found here.