Colorado Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne hits the ground running — and dancing

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne after she visited his office today. (SOS photo)
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne after she visited his office today. (SOS photo)

Colorado’s newest lieutenant governor has already appointed a judge, learned how to do the Ute tribal bear dance and reached out to her other colleagues in the executive branch, including Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams.

Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne has met with Williams, Attorney General Cynthia Coffman and Treasurer Walker Stapleton, as well as various lawmakers and cabinet secretaries.

“I want to extend my hand and my ear,” Lynne said, after her meeting today with the secretary of state in his office.

“I appreciate Donna’s reaching out,” Williams said, “and I look forward to working with her to help Colorado government offer better service to its citizens.”

Lynne officially took the oath of office on May 12, and then joined Gov. John Hickenlooper on a whirlwind tour of the state, signing bills as they hopped from Grand Junction to Rifle to Montrose to Durango, Pueblo, Lamar, Eads and other communities.

“It was just great,” Lynne said.

Hickenlooper tapped Lynne to fill a vacancy created by Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia, who stepped down from the job to return to education. Garcia had served as Hickenlooper’s running mate since they first ran for office together in 2010.

One of Lynne’s early tasks is learning the operational side of state government.

The lieutenant governor also is a member of the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs. While visiting the Ute Mountain Ute tribe in southern Colorado, Lynne learned the ceremonial bear dance.

By the way, her boss knows a little something about bear dancing, too.