Attorney State General, State of Colorado

Increased adolescent drug use, organized crime incursion, banking regulation uncertainty and higher prices for industrial property are some of the health, public policy and business risks from the decision by Colorado voters in 2012 to legalize marijuana, according to a discussion April 17, 2014 at the Opportunity Coalition, featuring Colorado State Attorney General John Suthers.

John Suthers was appointed Attorney General of Colorado in January 2005. After serving for nearly two years, in November 2006, he was elected - by a large margin - to serve a full four-year term and he was re-elected in 2010, again by a large margin. 

As Attorney General, John represents and defends the interests of the people of the state and is chief legal counsel and adviser to state government. He has initiated successful programs to protect children from Internet predators and to reduce mortgage and foreclosure fraud.

Prior to becoming our Attorney General, John was nominated by President Bush to serve as the US Attorney for the District of Colorado where he represented the United States in all criminal and civil matters within the District of Colorado. Before that, Gov. Bill Owens appointed John as the executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections where he was in charge of nearly 6,000 employees and an annual operational budget of approximately $500 million.

John started his career in private practice in Colorado Springs until his first run for public office when he was defeated an incumbent to be elected District Attorney of the Fourth Judicial District. After two terms, he returned to private practice until the call from Governor Owens.

John has authored five books, including his most recent, "No Higher Calling, No Greater Responsibility: A Prosecutor Makes His Case."

He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Government in 1974 and from the University of Colorado Law School in 1977.

John and his wife Janet have two daughters: Alison is a Deputy District Attorney in Denver and Kate is a procurement analyst for the Defense Department in Pearl Harbor and a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves.