Who is John Hickenlooper? Things to know about former Colorado governor, presidential hopeful

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What You Need to Know: John Hickenlooper

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Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Monday morning that he’s running for the Democratic nomination for the 2020 presidential race.

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“It’s official: I’m asking you to interview me for President,” he said in a tweet announcing his decision to run. “Our country is in crisis, and we need someone who knows how to bring people together and get things done.”

Explore>> Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announces 2020 presidential bid

Here are some things to know about Hickenlooper:

  • Hickenlooper was born Feb. 2, 1952, outside of Philadelphia. He is the youngest of four children.
  • He earned his bachelor's degree in English from Wesleyan University in 1974, according to 5280. After discovering a love for geology, Hickenlooper stayed at the university for four more years to earn a master's degree in earth and environmental science, according to the magazine.
  • Hickenlooper moved to Colorado in 1981 to pursue a career in geology. He lost his job in 1986 and spent two years unemployed before he and some friends launched a craft brewery in Denver, according to FiveThirtyEight.
  • Hickenlooper was a prominent businessman in Denver by the time he decided to enter the city's mayoral race in 2003, according to The Denver Post. He won over voters with a quirky ad campaign in a race so civil that The New York Times called it "remarkable in modern American politics." Hickenlooper went on to win re-election in 2007 with 87 percent of the vote, FiveThirtyEight reported.
  • Hickenlooper ran in 2010 to become governor of Colorado, a race he won with 51 percent of the vote. In 2014, he was re-elected for a second term. He left office Jan. 8.
  • Hickenlooper married writer Helen Thorpe in 2001, according to The New Yorker. They welcomed their son, Theodore, in July 2002. The couple separated in July 2012 and later divorced.
  • On Jan. 16, 2016, Hickenlooper married business executive Robin Pringle, according to the Post.