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

Kathleen Clyde ’01

Kathleen Clyde, State Representative, Ohio

Sid Espinosa ’94

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


Brian Frosh '68

Brian Frosh, State Senator, Maryland

John Hickenlooper '74

John Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado

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

Matt Lesser

Matt Lesser, State Representative, Connecticut

Peter Shumlin ’79

Peter Shumlin, Governor of Vermont

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