Press Release: Phil Weiser Announces Run for Colorado Attorney General

Press Release:  Phil Weiser Announces Run for Colorado Attorney General

Today, Phil Weiser announced that he is running to serve Colorado as its next Attorney General and has registered his candidacy with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office.

“We are facing challenging times and a dysfunctional federal government,” Phil said. “We need strong, compassionate leadership from our next Attorney General to fight for opportunities for all Coloradans and to protect our freedoms. I am the child of a Holocaust survivor who came to this country at a young age. I personally benefited from this nation’s commitment to freedom and opportunity and I am committed to defending the American Dream for our next generation.”

To launch Phil’s campaign for Attorney General, he will deliver an announcement speech on Saturday, May 20 at 11:30 a.m. in Pueblo at the Pueblo County Courthouse. He will follow up that speech with appearances at the Pioneers Museum in Colorado Springs on Saturday, May 20 at 3:30 p.m., then at the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs on Monday, May 22 at 11 a.m. He will then hold an announcement party and kickoff event at Backyard on Blake on Wednesday, May 24 at 4 pm. His website, PhilForColorado.com, sets out his agenda and offers Coloradans the opportunity to engage with his campaign.

Phil’s commitment to public service started with his first job after law school, when he came to Colorado in 1994 to serve as a law clerk to Judge David Ebel on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. He then clerked for both Justice Byron White and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court before joining the U.S. Department of Justice under President Clinton as counsel to the head of the Antitrust Division. He subsequently joined the University of Colorado Law School faculty in 1999. In 2009, President Obama appointed him as Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division and in 2010 brought him into the White House as the Senior Advisor for Technology and Innovation where he spearheaded President Obama’s Wireless Initiative.

Phil’s leadership at the University of Colorado Law School included the founding of the successful Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship and his service as Dean of the Law School. As Dean, Phil defied the challenging national environment for law schools, increasing admissions while they decreased nationwide, lowering average student indebtedness by holding tuition constant and doubling scholarships, coaching and advocating for students to increase their employment opportunities, and was named one of the most influential leaders in legal education. He also forged creative collaborations, including a rural District Attorney fellowship program (working with the Colorado District Attorney’s Council), diversity and inclusiveness efforts (earning recognition as the Corporate Partner of the year from the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association), and launching successful new programs at CU Law (including the Daniels Fund Program on Ethics and Professionalism, the Korey Wise Innocence Project, and the Bench and Bar Conference).

Phil’s leadership on entrepreneurship and innovation in the Colorado business community and on the CU campus has supported the development of new companies, successful careers, and a new appreciation for how lawyers can be entrepreneurial and innovative. In particular, he brought the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network to Colorado (attracting a $3 million grant to Colorado), co-founded Startup Colorado (spearheading the successful Startup Summer program), and served as the founding Faculty Director for the CU Boulder Entrepreneurship and Innovation Initiative.

Phil lives in Denver with his wife, Dr. Heidi Wald, and his two children.