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Bio

Mark Hillman is a Colorado native, a farmer, "recovering journalist" and a former Majority Leader of the Colorado Senate. He believes that personal responsibility, limited government and individual liberty are essential foundations of a government that respects the people. Mark served as Colorado’s acting State Treasurer from June 2005 to March 2006. Previously, he was elected to two terms in the Colorado State Senate, representing the state’s largest legislative district covering 12 counties and more than 21,000 square miles. Mark was elected to leadership posts for five of his seven years in the Senate, including both Majority Leader and Minority Leader. Mark’s dynamic, common sense leadership earned recognition from state and national organizations, including:

  • National Legislator of the Year from the American Legislative Exchange Council and the National Republican Legislators Association.
  • Champion of the Taxpayer from the Colorado Union of Taxpayers.
  • Outstanding Senator from Colorado Farm Bureau.
  • Guardian of Small Business from National Federation of Independent Business.
  • Common Sense in the Courtroom from the Colorado Civil Justice League.

During his service in the Colorado Senate, Mark focused on protecting the rights of private property owners against government takings, halting frivolous lawsuits and demanding personal responsibility, promoting economic opportunities in rural Colorado, and empowering parents through educational choice and accountability. Mark also enjoys communicating these common-sense principles through the media. His commentaries have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Rocky Mountain News, Denver Post, Colorado Springs Gazette, Pueblo Chieftain, Fort Collins Coloradoan, Greeley Tribune, Loveland Reporter Herald, Longmont Daily Times Call, Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, Durango Herald and numerous other publications. In addition, he frequently comments as a guest or host for radio personalities Mike Rosen on Denver’s 850 KOA, John Andrews’ Backbone America, and Amy Oliver on Greeley’s KFKA 1310. Mark and his wife, Heidi, spend their time in both Denver and Burlington, where Mark continues to work the family farm, growing hard red winter wheat.