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While pundits and pollsters will be studying the 2016 national election for months to come, it is safe to say that Americans clearly want a government that listens to their needs and delivers results. Coloradans are no different. The Hickenlooper administration prioritized “good government” from the start, and this election underscores how important it is to continue and expand this work. We believe good government is a non-partisan idea that focuses on delivering measurable, cost-effective results for our customers by using data and the best thinking across sectors.


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Lynn BartelsLynn BartelsMay 17, 20166min432

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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Who is Donna Lynne? During a sparsely-attended snow-day press conference last week, Governor Hickenlooper nominated Donna Lynne to serve as Colorado's next Lieutenant Governor. In addition to the many commendations that Gov. Hickenlooper heaped upon his nominee, the warmth between the two could have melted the foot of snow that was amassing just outside the statehouse Wednesday. But the real snow job may be just how liberal Gov. Hickenlooper's candidate truly is.


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With a vacancy looming for one of the state's top posts, Gov. John Hickenlooper has nominated healthcare executive Donna Lynne to be his lieutenant governor. The Colorado Statesman supports the nomination and urges a "yes" vote for her confirmation. An extensive review of her qualifications yields the portrait of a respected businesswoman and experienced civil servant who knows how to get things accomplished in government.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningMarch 23, 20166min491
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan executive Donna Lynne is Gov. John Hickenlooper's nominee as lieutenant governor on March 23. If confirmed by the Legislature, she'll replace Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia, who said in November he would be stepping down to become president of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan executive Donna Lynne is Gov. John Hickenlooper’s nominee as lieutenant governor on March 23. If confirmed by the Legislature, she’ll replace Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia, who said in November he would be stepping down to become president of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

Gov. John Hickenlooper will nominate Kaiser Foundation Health Plan executive Donna Lynne to replace Joe Garcia as Colorado’s lieutenant governor, sources close to the governor confirm. Hickenlooper plans to introduce Lynne at a news conference at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the state Capitol.

Lynne is executive vice president of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and is group president responsible for Kaiser’s Colorado, Pacific Northwest and Hawaii regions. She hasn’t held elected office before but spent two decades working in various government positions in New York City, including as deputy commissioner of the Office of Labor Relations, director of the Mayor’s Office of Operations and senior vice president of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. She co-chairs the Denver Education Compact Executive Advisory Board for Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.

Garcia announced in November he wanted to start work as president of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, a Boulder-based advocacy organization, and would be stepping down before July 1. The Pueblo Democrat, who also serves as executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education, has twice won election as Hickenlooper’s lieutenant governor.

Hickenlooper’s nominee must be confirmed by a majority vote in both the House and Senate.

Gov. John Hickenlooper introduces Donna Lynne, his nominee to be lieutenant governor after Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia steps down, on March 23 at the state Capitol in Denver. (Photo by Kristen Wyatt/AP Screenshot)
Gov. John Hickenlooper introduces Donna Lynne, his nominee to be lieutenant governor after Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia steps down, on March 23 at the state Capitol in Denver. (Photo by Kristen Wyatt/AP Screenshot)

Calling Lynne “one of our state’s most prominent, energetic and effective business leaders,” former Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp, executive director of Colorado Concern, praised the governor’s nomination of Lynne. “All of us at Colorado Concern are pleased to congratulate Donna Lynne on her appointment as our next lieutenant governor,” Kopp said. “Gov. Hickenlooper couldn’t have made a better choice. She has been a leader and innovator not only in the health care arena but as an advocate for policies that have helped make Colorado’s economic climate more vibrant.”

Lynne was executive vice president and CEO for Group Health Inc., a $2.5 billion managed care organization, from the late 1990s until 2005. In the mid-1990s, she was executive director of the New York Business Group on Health.

She serves on the boards of Colorado Education Initiative, Colorado Mountain Club, Colorado Regional Health Information Organization, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver Public Schools Foundation, Teach for America-Colorado, U.S. Bank Colorado Advisory Board and is the former chair of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Health care executive Donna Lynne, Gov. John Hickenlooper's lieutenant governor nominee to take over for Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia, speaks at a press conference on March 23 at the state Capitol in Denver. (Photo by Kristen Wyatt/AP Screenshot)
Health care executive Donna Lynne, Gov. John Hickenlooper’s lieutenant governor nominee to take over for Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia, speaks at a press conference on March 23 at the state Capitol in Denver. (Photo by Kristen Wyatt/AP Screenshot)

Lynne has a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the University of New Hampshire, a master’s degree in public administration from George Washington University and a doctorate in public health from Columbia University. She received an honorary doctorate of public service from the University of Denver in 2004. Since 2005, Dr. Lynne has been an Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Health at Columbia University.

She lives in Denver and has three children.

ernest@coloradostatesman.com