Since 1975, the Colorado Children’s Chorale has been honored to perform at each Governor’s Inauguration at the Colorado State Capitol. Today we were proud to provide a singing salute to Governor John Hickenlooper. Congratulations, Governor Hickenlooper, on another four years!
The Governor of the State of Colorado is the head of the executive branch of Colorado’s state government and the commander-in-chief of the state’s military forces. The governor has a duty to enforce state laws, and the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the Colorado General Assembly, to convene the legislature, and to grant pardons, except in cases of treason or impeachment.
Since statehood, there have been 36 governors, serving 41 distinct terms. Richard “Dick” Lamm and Roy Romer, who each served twelve years over three terms, are Colorado’s longest serving Governors. To serve as Governor, candidates must be at least 30 years old, be a citizen of the United States, and have been a resident of the state for at least two years prior to election. There is no limit on the total number of terms one may serve as long as one who has served the two term limit is out of office for four years.
Should the office of governor become vacant, the lieutenant governor becomes governor. If both the governor and lieutenant governor leave office, the line of succession moves down through the senior members of the state senate and state house of representatives of the same party as the governor. The lieutenant governor was elected separately from the governor until a 1968 amendment to the constitution made it so that they are elected on the same ticket.