Sep 23, 2013 5:35 PM by Kirsten Boyd
DENVER (AP) - Former Colorado Republican Gov. John Vanderhoof, a former businessman and bank executive who went on to become governor for only two years, died last week. He was 91.
After serving 20 years in the state House, six of them as speaker, he was elected lieutenant governor for a four-year term in 1970. Vanderhoof was a running mate of Republican Gov. John Love, who won a third term. It was the first Colorado election in which candidates of each party ran as a team, with the voter marking a single ballot for the two.
He became governor when Love left to become a part of the Nixon administration in 1973. Vanderhoof lost to Democrat Richard Lamm in 1975.
Gov. John Hickenlooper issued this statement today about the death last week of former Colorado Gov. John Vanderhoof:
"Gov. John Vanderhoof served our state and our country with great distinction. He was a decorated fighter pilot shot down three times in the Pacific and became Colorado's governor after two decades representing the Western Slope in the House of Representatives.
"Gov. Vanderhoof believed in public service and was passionate about leaving his community better off than he found it. In that regard and so much more, he was beyond successful. We were saddened to learn of his death last week. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."