Former Colorado governor Hickenlooper joins US 2020 presidential race
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Former Colorado governor Hickenlooper joins US 2020 presidential race

Democratic ex-Denver mayor has in the past worked to limit methane emissions from energy exploration, expanded Medicaid and signed gun control bills

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper speaks during a Senate hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 7, 2017. (Jose Luis Magana/AP)
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper speaks during a Senate hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 7, 2017. (Jose Luis Magana/AP)

DENVER — Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is running for president.

Hickenlooper becomes the second governor to jump into the sprawling Democratic 2020 contest. He is a former brewpub owner and Denver mayor who hopes his two terms governing a swing state shows that he can unite the country.

Hickenlooper is a 67-year-old white man and may face skepticism among a Democratic field with several young, female and minority candidates. And he lacks the national platform of several senators who are running. But he points to several accomplishments in Colorado.

Hickenlooper persuaded numerous Republican suburban mayors to back a tax hike to fund a rail network around Denver. He implemented limits on methane emissions from energy exploration, expanded Medicaid and signed gun control bills.

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