(April 27) – Lieutenant Governor nominee Donna Lynne, DrPH, earned initial approval from the House State, Veterans, & Military Affairs this afternoon. Gov. John Hickenlooper selected her to serve as Lt. Gov and as Chief Operating Officer for the state.

“You couldn’t design a more appropriate background for Lieutenant Governor,” said Gov. Hickenlooper in front of the committee. “She’s going to be able to bring an array of skills to both jobs, both as Lieutenant Governor and Chief Operating Officer.”

“The more you know her, the more you value her and appreciate her,” Gov. Hickenlooper said in closing.

Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia also spoke in support of Donna Lynne. “I know that Donna Lynne is going to be an incredible Lieutenant Governor and I urge you to support her the way you supported me,” he said.

Lt. Gov. Garcia was the first Lt. Gov. to serve in a dual role; Lt. Gov. Garcia also served as the head of the Department of Higher Education. He is leaving his positions to become president of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.

“The imprint I hope to leave in this role is great efficiency and effectiveness, greater accountability and more transparency,” Dr. Lynne told the committee. “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.

Donna 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.

The full House will now vote on the appointment of Donna Lynne, DrPH, as Lt. Gov. Reps. Patrick Neville, R-Castle Rock, and Tim Leonard, R-Evergreen, voted against. Rep. Stephen Humphrey, R-Severance, was excused.

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