Attorney General-Elect Phil Weiser Announces Executive Appointments

First round of appointments include Chief Deputy, Solicitor General, Chief Operating Officer, and Director of Communications

DENVER, December 21, 2018 – Attorney General-Elect Phil Weiser today announced the first round of executive appointments to his administration:

  • Natalie Hanlon Leh, the Partner in Charge of the Denver office of WilmerHale, Chair of the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado, former president of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, past president of the Faculty of Federal Advocates, and former law clerk to Judge Porfilio on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, will serve as Chief Deputy;
  • Eric Olson, a partner at Bartlit Beck, Vice-Chair of the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado, member of Leadership Denver 2019, and former law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, will serve as Solicitor General;
  • June Taylor, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration and State Personnel Director, member of the Japanese American Leadership Delegation 2018, former Senior Manager of Culture, Diversity and Equal Opportunity Programs for Lockheed Martin Space, and an attorney with a decade’s experience in the federal government, will serve as Chief Operating Officer; and
  • Lawrence Pacheco, Director of Communications at the Colorado Department of Revenue, former communications director for U.S. Senator Mark Udall when he served in the U.S. House, former advisor to Colorado Governor Roy Romer, and a managing director at FTI Consulting in Washington, DC, will serve as the Director of Communications.

AG-Elect Weiser provided the following statement:

“The distinguished individuals who are joining my executive team represent the best of Colorado--a commitment to serve our community, address the challenges facing our state, and act with the highest levels of integrity.  Their diverse backgrounds and life experiences will enrich the AG’s office and help advance our vision of serving as the People’s Lawyer. I am confident that they will work tirelessly to build an office that defends our freedoms, fights for opportunities for all, and protects our land, air, and water.  I appreciate their willingness to serve our state and thank the Transition Team that worked hard to recruit them.”Weiser will be sworn in as Colorado Attorney General on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, in Denver.

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Press Release: Phil Weiser Releases First TV Ad

Phil Weiser Releases First Television Advertisement in Race for Colorado Attorney General

DENVER, CO, May 21, 2018 – Today, the Phil Weiser for Attorney General campaign released its first television advertisement of the 2018 election cycle. Entitled “Preoccupied,” the video depicts Weiser’s path to run and his vision for the next Attorney General of Colorado.

The 30 second spot opens with a scene of Weiser watching the 2016 presidential election results, explaining “this was the night that I decided to run for Attorney General.” The ad proceeds to show Weiser writing down all the ways “[I can] protect Colorado from Donald Trump,” on topics like voting rights, predatory lending, net neutrality, civil rights, gun safety, and protecting clean water and public lands.

“Some ideas,” explains Weiser, come from his professional experiences – working in the U.S. Department of Justice under Presidents Obama and Clinton, clerking for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and serving as Dean of CU Law School. Other ideas, continues Weiser “come from being a dad.”

The ad features appearances by Weiser’s wife, Dr. Heidi Wald, and their two children. It also features a cameo appearance by Ken Salazar, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior, U.S. Senator, and Attorney General of Colorado. Salazar was an early supporter, backing Weiser since his campaign launch in May 2017.

In the final scene of the Weiser family hiking on Mount Falcon, the narration by Weiser gives name to the ad explaining, “my kids will tell you, I’ve been a little preoccupied.” It ends with the campaign’s slogan, “Stronger. Fairer. Weiser.”

The ad will run statewide through the June 26 primary election.