Colorado welcomes a new lieutenant governor

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Gov. John Hickenlooper flank new Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne after she was sworn into office May 12 at the state Capitol. (Bernard Grant/Special to the SOS)
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Gov. John Hickenlooper flank new Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne after she was sworn into office May 12 at the state Capitol. (Bernard Grant/Special to the SOS)

Donna Lynne officially became Colorado’s 49th lieutenant governor after she took the oath of office at the state Capitol in front of friends, family and a whole lot of political folks.

Lynne told Gov. John Hickenlooper during the ceremony on Thursday it was a good thing he didn’t choose her as his running mate when he first ran for governor in 2010 because her maiden name was Schleinkofer.  The idea of a Hickenlooper-Schleinkofer ticket got a laugh during the light-hearted ceremony.

Hickenlooper picked Joe Garcia, the president of Colorado State University-Pueblo,  to run with him on the Democratic ticket, and the pair was re-elected in 2014. Garcia announced last fall he was returning to education, and Hickenlooper in March announced Lynne would  succeed Garcia.

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