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.