(April 29) – Lieutenant governor nominee Donna Lynne earned final approval from the House with a strong bipartisan 54-11 vote this afternoon. Gov. John Hickenlooper selected Dr. Lynne to serve as lieutenant governor and as chief operating officer for the state.

“She has very extensive experience, both in the public and the private sector,” said Rep. Su Ryden, D-Aurora, from the House floor. “I just don’t know how Gov. Hickenlooper could have found a better candidate to replace our honorable Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia.”

“You couldn’t design a more appropriate background for lieutenant governor,” Gov. Hickenlooper said during Lynne’s initial confirmation hearing. “She’s going to be able to bring an array of skills to both jobs, both as lieutenant governor and chief operating officer.”

“The imprint I hope to leave in this role is great efficiency and effectiveness, greater accountability and more transparency,” Lynne said during the initial hearing. “But finally, what really makes me excited is the opportunity to work on our people strategy. Because there is nothing nobler than serving government whether you’re elected or you’re appointed.”

“I’m really excited about the opportunity to serve the people,” she said in closing.

Lynne is currently the executive vice president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, responsible for the Colorado, Pacific Northwest and Hawaii regions.

Lynne’s appointment now proceeds to the Senate.

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