Senator Mark Hillman will be our next (acting) Treasurer. In an announcement to be made later today, Mark will resign his Senate Seat and fill-in for the now Activated Mike Coffman.
The fall-out from this news has already been reported here, but as a refresher – look for Greg Brophy to be named Senator in Vacancy Committee, leaving his House Seat (63) up, as well.
As for Hillman, this is a great coup… the appointment will allow him to run as an incumbent (though not officially) for the position he has already filed for, while concurrently ending all talk and speculation of a Primary against Joe Stengel.
Here's the entire press release:
Senate Minority Leader Assumes Post Today
(DENVER) - Gov. Bill Owens today appointed Sen. Mark Hillman (R-Burlington) acting incumbent state treasurer, effective immediately.
"Mark Hillman is a principled and energetic leader. He has a well-deserved reputation around the nation as one of the smartest and most effective policy-makers among legislators. He has exactly the right skills and ideas to be a superb state Treasurer," said Gov. Owens.
"I'm grateful to the Governor for this opportunity to serve the people of Colorado as Treasurer," Hillman said. "I will be a strong steward of taxpayers' dollars and will be a voice for economic growth and job creation."
Hillman, the Senate Republican Leader, is a wheat grower from Burlington in Kit Carson County. Elected to the Senate in 1998, Hillman has compiled a distinguished legislative record, having sponsored key bills to curtail lawsuit abuse, protect private property rights, improve school safety and promote economic development in rural Colorado.
The Governor appointed Hillman to fill the vacancy created when Treasurer Mike Coffman took a leave of absence to serve for approximately one year with the U.S. Marines in Iraq.
Under the executive order appointing Hillman to the Treasurer's post, Hillman will have all the duties and powers of the elected Treasurer, and will serve until Coffman returns and is reinstated as Treasurer.