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Lieutenant Governors of Colorado

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  • Horace "Haw" Tabor (aka, "Silver Dollar Tabor" and "The Bonanza King of Leadville"), U.S. Senator (1830 - 1899)
    Horace "Haw" Austin Warner Tabor (November 26, 1830 - April 10, 1899), also known as Silver Dollar Tabor and The Bonanza King of Leadville, was an American prospector, businessman, and politician. Hi...
  • Edwin C. Johnson, Governor, U.S. Senator (1884 - 1970)
    Edwin Carl Johnson (January 1, 1884 – May 30, 1970) was a Democratic Party politician who served as Governor of the state of Colorado. Background Edwin Carl Johnson was born in Scandia, Kansa...
  • Gordon L. Allott, U.S. Senator (1907 - 1989)
    Gordon Llewellyn Allott (January 2, 1907 – January 17, 1989) was a Republican American politician. Born in Pueblo, Colorado, Allott graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1927 and fr...
  • Stephen L.R. McNichols, Governor (1914 - 1997)
    Stephen Lucid Robert McNichols (March 7, 1914 – November 25, 1997) was Colorado's 35th Governor from 1957 to 1963. Family roots and early life McNichols' father, William H. McNichols, Denver's we...
  • Lafayette Head (1825 - 1897)
    Lafayette Head (9 April 1825 – 8 March 1897) was the first Lieutenant Governor of Colorado, serving from 1876 to 1879 under Governor John Long Routt. Lafayette Head was born at Head’s Fort, Howard ...

The lieutenant governor of Colorado is the second-highest-ranking member of the executive department of the Colorado state government, below only the Governor of Colorado. The lieutenant governor, who acts as governor in his absence and succeeds to the governorship in case of vacancy, is elected on a partisan ticket with the governor.

After the 1966 general election, the Colorado Constitution was amended to require the joint election of governor and lieutenant governor — candidates running as a ticket. Prior to this amendment, the lieutenant governor candidate was elected separately from the governor during the same election—sometimes resulting in a governor and a lieutenant governor from different political parties.

List of Lieutenant Governors of Colorado