Wesleyan Alumni Take Office

From Washington, D.C., to Palo Alto, Calif., Wesleyan alumni have assumed new responsibilities as public office holders. Two had inaugurals during January: Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper ’74 and Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin ’79.

Colorado Senator Michael Bennet ’87  returned to Washington for his first elected six-year term following his appointment to fill a vacancy after President Obama took office.

Geographically, Wesleyan public office holders are almost as dispersed as possible within the continental United States. Sid Espinosa ’94 is the mayor of Palo Alto, while Dan Wolf ’79 is representing Cape Cod and the islands in the State Senate of Massachusetts.

Connecticut State Representative Matt Lesser (an undergraduate in progress) represents the district in which Wesleyan is located. Kathleen Clyde ’01 and Brian Frosh ’68 are also in their state legislatures: the Ohio House of Representatives and the Maryland State Senate, respectively.

For more information on each, please see:


Michael Bennet ’87


Michael Bennet, U.S. Senator, Colorado
http://bennet.senate.gov/




Kathleen Clyde ’01


Kathleen Clyde, State Representative, Ohio
http://www.kathleenclyde.com/about.html




Sid Espinosa ’94


For a profile of him in Palo Alto Online, see:

http://www.paloaltoonline.com/weekly/story.php?story_id=14218




Brian Frosh '68


Brian Frosh, State Senator, Maryland
http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/05sen/html/msa12167.html




John Hickenlooper '74


John Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado
http://www.coloradocando.com/

For a Denver Post article about his inaugural, see: http://www.denverpost.com/search/ci_17046990




Matt Lesser


Matt Lesser, State Representative, Connecticut
http://www.matthewlesser.com/




Peter Shumlin ’79


Peter Shumlin, Governor of Vermont
http://shumlinforgovernor.com/

For the Burlington Free Press video coverage, see: http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20110106/NEWS03/301070001/1095/Live-video-Gov.-elect-Peter-Shumlin-s-inauguration-and-speech




Dan Wolf ’79


Dan Wolf, State Senator, Massachusetts
http://www.danwolfforsenate.com/?l=about