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Governor Bill Ritter

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Bill Ritter, Jr. was elected as Colorado's 41st governor in 2006the first Coloradoborn governor in more than 35 years. Gov. Ritter is leading Colorado by bringing people together to tackle some of our state's biggest challenges. He has accomplished the following:

- Established Colorado as a national and international leader in renewable energy by building a New Energy Economy that is creating thousands of new jobs and establishing hundreds of new companies.
- Enacted an aggressive businessdevelopment and jobcreation agenda that is focused on knowledgebased industries of the future, such as energy, aerospace, biosciences, information technology and tourism.
- Initiated sweeping K12 education reforms to give Colorado children the skills and knowledge they need to compete and succeed in a 21st century global economy.
- Improved access to quality and affordable health care for many of the 800,000 Coloradans who lack health coverage.

Gov. Ritter also is also modernizing our transportation system, protecting Colorado's natural treasures and improving the way state government does business.

The sixth of 12 children, Gov. Ritter was raised on a small farm in Arapahoe County. He was a member of the first graduating class of Gateway High School (1974), and he earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Colorado State University (1978) and his law degree from the University of Colorado (1981).

From 1987 to 1990, Gov. Ritter and his wife, First Lady Jeannie Ritter, operated a food distribution and nutrition center in Zambia, Africa.

Gov. Ritter served as Denver's District Attorney from 1993 to January 2005. He earned a national reputation as one of the country's most effective and innovative prosecutors, and several of his programs continue to serve as state and national models.

The Governor and First Lady have four children: August, Abe, Sam and Tally.