Summary

John Hickenlooper was born in 1952 and served as the Governor of Colorado from 2011 to 2019.

A geologist by profession, Hickenlooper started his own business in Denver and became a successful business owner. He ran a successful campaign to become the Mayor of Denver in 2003 and was reelected in 2007. He resigned as mayor when he became governor in 2011. Hickenlooper was reelected in 2014.

As Governor, he served Vice-Chair and later Chairman of the National Governors Association. Due to term limits, Hickenlooper could run for a third consecutive term as governor in 2018.

Below is former Governor Hickenlooper’s record and public positions on issues important to the Jewish community.

Hickenlooper said he is willing to reenter the Iran nuclear deal, but only after working with allies to include tougher conditions against Iran’s support for terror groups, its missile program, and its long-term ability to pursue a nuclear program.

He opposes the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. As Governor, he supported and signed a bill that divested state retirement funds from companies that participate in boycotts of Israel and he signed AJC’s Governors United Against BDS initiative.

Former Governor Hickenlooper has declared that he supports the two-state solution and, if elected President, he would use America’s leadership to push for the resumption of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. He has stated that the relationship between the U.S. and Israel should never be partisan.

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