(Nov. 10) – Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst praised Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia’s service to the state of Colorado today after the announcement that he would be leaving office to become president of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.

“Joe Garcia has simply been a tremendous asset to Colorado,” said Speaker Hullinghorst, D-Boulder. “I have no doubt that his record of exemplary service will continue at WICHE, which has been finding regional solutions to higher education issues for more than 60 years. It will be a pleasure to welcome Joe to Boulder, where WICHE has its headquarters.”

Lt. Gov. Garcia has been Gov. John Hickenlooper’s deputy for all five years of the Hickenlooper administration. His role has been significantly expanded by his concurrent service as executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Before he was elected lieutenant governor, Garcia was president of Colorado State University-Pueblo, and served previously as president of Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs.

The governor’s nominee to replace Garcia as lieutenant governor will take office upon confirmation by the General Assembly. A majority vote of both houses will be required. The next director of the Department of Higher Education will serve at the governor’s pleasure and will not require a confirmation vote only in the Senate.

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