Gov. Hickenlooper appoints Sam Walker as new executive director of Colorado’s Department of Labor and Employment

DENVER — Friday, Feb. 02, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today appointed Sam Walker as the next executive director of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

“Sam brings a lifetime passion to help those who have been left behind in education or training,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “Colorado is a leader in innovative programs that address these conditions, and Sam has the intellect, experience, and more importantly, the heart, to take these programs to the next level and become a model for the entire country.”

Walker was most recently the Chief Legal and Corporate Affairs Officer, and previously Chief People (Human Resources) Officer (2012-2016), at Molson Coors Brewing Company. He was instrumental in transforming Molson Coors into a global company, making it more diverse. Prior to Molson Coors, he was a partner at Wiley Rein LLP, in Washington, D.C. Before that, he served in the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor. At the U.S. Department of Labor he managed the 3,000 employee Employment Standards Administration, the largest agency in the department. Walker began his career as an associate with Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson.

Walker is a member of the Colorado and District of Columbia Bar Associations. He also has been active with the Colorado Access to Justice Commission, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, the Denver Salvation Army Harbor Lights program and previously served on the Denver Metro Chamber Foundation.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Duke University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Walker’s appointment is pending Senate confirmation.

Eight community initiatives recognized for clean energy leadership

DENVER —Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 — The State of Colorado and Compact of Colorado Communities are proud to recognize eight leading community initiatives across the state of Colorado for their leadership in clean energy. The awards were presented last night as part of the three-day Colorado Communities Symposium.

“Across Colorado, local governments are playing a critical role in reducing emissions to address climate change,” Governor John Hickenlooper. “These local programs are laying the groundwork for Colorado’s place as a climate and clean energy leader.”

The awards program recognizes innovative programs and initiatives in the public and private sectors that demonstrate a bold vision for a clean, resilient and prosperous Colorado. Awards given reflected one or more of the following actions:

Governor updates state’s climate plan as Colorado communities come together for climate symposium

DENVER — Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today released an updated edition of the Colorado Climate Plan, a statewide set of policy recommendations and actions to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and to increase Colorado’s level of preparedness.

The revised Colorado Climate Plan reflects advances in the discussion on how best to address climate change at the state level as well as progress since the release of the initial plan in 2015; it also takes into account changes in both global and federal climate policy. The updated plan also wraps in the objectives contained in Gov. Hickenlooper’s executive order from July 2017 that committed the state to additional climate action.

Gov. Hickenlooper statement following the President’s State of the Union Address

DENVER — Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper released the following statement following President Trump’s State of the Union Address:

“We have been working in Colorado on funding for infrastructure improvements for several years, and trying to contain the opioid epidemic for most of seven years. We also have proposed bills for drug pricing transparency, which might actually lead to less expensive prescription drugs. If the president is sincere in supporting these goals, and truly supports criminal justice reform, and job retraining, we can work together. Even comprehensive immigration reform could be possible. We hope it's not just talk.”

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Monday, Jan. 29, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Colorado Health Service Corps Advisory Council, Colorado Human Trafficking Council, State Interagency Coordinating Council, Judicial District Nominating Commissions, Judicial Performance Commissions, Sickle Cell Anemia Board and Supreme Court Nominating Commission.

Gov. Hickenlooper statement on death of Adams County sheriff’s deputy

DENVER — Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper released the following statement following the death of an Adams County Sheriff’s Deputy.

“Tonight we watched as a community was on edge and a sheriff’s deputy was shot while responding to a call in Adams County. We are deeply saddened to learn that the deputy has died from injuries sustained in the shooting. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Adams County Sheriff’s Office and the family and friends of the deputy killed.

“The investigation is ongoing and authorities continue to work to restore calm to the area.”

Colorado releases plan to support electric vehicles on state’s highways

DENVER — Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced the release of the Colorado Electric Vehicle (EV) Plan, delivering on a directive set forth in the July 2017 Executive Order, “Supporting Colorado’s Clean Energy Transition.”

“The Colorado EV Plan serves as a roadmap to build out a fast-charging network, giving Coloradans the ability to travel anywhere in the state in an EV,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “The plan includes a set of goals and strategies that ensure Colorado continues leading in adoption of EVs and leverages the economic development and tourism benefits.”

The plan was developed in partnership with the Colorado Energy Office (CEO), Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC), Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), and Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). The agencies and council undertook an extensive stakeholder engagement process with utilities, government entities, non-governmental organizations, and industry representatives.

The plan details a series of actions supporting EV infrastructure along Colorado’s corridors. It also lays out goals to accelerate adoption of EVs and ensure Colorado remains a leader in the EV market.

Gov. Hickenlooper statement on the end of the federal government shutdown

DENVER — Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper tonight released the following statement on the end of the federal government shutdown.

“It is good news that CHIP is now fully funded,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “We hope and expect that DACA families will, at the least, be granted deferred action in the coming weeks, and be able to achieve some peace of mind. And a longer-term budget solution wouldn’t hurt either.”

Gov. Hickenlooper statement on the federal government shutdown

DENVER — Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper tonight released the following statement on the federal government shutdown.

“This is more unnecessary political drama. It used to be unimaginable that we would even consider shutting down our federal government. Coloradans know that our State government doesn’t shut down. Our legislature has never put the State in this position. We can’t imagine that ever happening here and intend to keep it that way.

“We can handle the impacts of the latest shenanigans, but they waste time and resources that we never get back. This is basically another federal tax that we have to pay.”