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Aurora Mayor Hogan’s death: What they’re saying

Author: Mark Harden - May 14, 2018 - Updated: May 14, 2018

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Aurora Mayor Steve HoganAurora Mayor Steve Hogan. (Photo: Kathleen Lavine, Denver Business Journal, used by permission.)

Colorado’s political community is expressing its thoughts on Sunday’s passing of Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan. Here’s a sampling, culled from statements and social media posts.

John Hickenlooper, Colorado’s governor and former Denver mayor:

Today Colorado lost a true friend in Mayor Steve Hogan. This was a man who went above and beyond to do right by the city he loved. He led the way to make Aurora the bustling, dynamic city it is today, and Colorado is better for it. He was that rare public servant who put people before party – my God, how we will miss him.

Cory Gardner, U.S. senator:

Mayor Hogan was a true public servant and unabashed champion of his community. He touched thousands of lives and worked to improve his city and community. We will all miss the Mayor but know his legacy lives on. Jaime and I are praying for Mayor Hogan’s family and the city of Aurora today. Mayor Hogan, you are missed but will never be forgotten.

Michael Hancock, Denver mayor:

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to a truly great individual, Mayor Steve Hogan. Mary Louise and I, and all of Denver, want to extend our love and support to Becky and the Hogan family, and send our deepest condolences for their loss – a loss to all of Colorado.

John Suthers, Colorado Springs mayor and former state attorney general:

Mayor Hogan was a dedicated public servant whose love for Aurora was evidenced by his long tenure serving the city. Steve was always looking for ways to advance the interests of his city and its citizens. On a personal level, Steve was particularly helpful to me in advising me as to how to be productively involved in state and national organizations that could be beneficial to being a good mayor. Steve Hogan will be missed and will be long remembered as a tireless advocate for Aurora.

Mike Coffman, U.S. representative from Aurora:

Our city mourns the passing of our Mayor and my friend, Steve Hogan. Having known him for over 30 years, his dedication and passion to better to our city was unwavering and he will certainly be missed. My condolences are with his family and (the city staff) at this time.

Wellington Webb, former Denver mayor and state legislator:

It is always hard to see warriors you served with pass, and you naturally think about the good times and the tough times you shared. I first met Steve Hogan in 1975 when we, as Democrats, took control as the majority in the Colorado House of Representatives. The Democrats were in control of the House for two years post Watergate years. Later, Steve served as executive director of the Democratic Party under Sheila Kowal as chair and Wilma Webb as party secretary. Steve eventually changed party affiliation and served 24 years on the Aurora City Council before being elected in 2011 as mayor. We visited annually at the U.S. Conference of Mayors. We spoke often after the tragic Aurora theater massacre. Steve always put Aurora first. He loved Aurora and was a gentleman in his political discourse. Wilma and I will miss Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan…

Mark Harden

Mark Harden

Mark Harden is managing editor of Colorado Politics. He previously was news director at the Denver Business Journal; city editor, online news editor, state editor, national editor and popular music critic at The Denver Post; and an editor and reporter at newspapers in the Seattle area and San Francisco.