Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia surprised Colorado today, announcing he will step down some time next year to pursue his passion in higher education.
Garcia, the former president of Colorado State University-Pueblo, will become president of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.
Since taking office in 2011 with Gov. John Hickenlooper, Garcia has been an unconventional lite gov.
Garcia also serves as the director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education, which means the governor likely will have two jobs to fill.
Garcia is known for his sense of humor. When Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock were out of town, Garcia and City Attorney Scott Martinez were in charge of their government agencies. Garcia tweeted out their pictures and said “First move. Pueblo is now state Capitol. What else?” Martinez tweeted, “Two hot tamales in charge. New law: Green chile is the official city and state fruit.”