|Governor of Colorado|
From: January 9, 2007 – Present
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
August William "Bill" Ritter, Jr. (born September 6, 1956) is the former District Attorney for Denver, Colorado, and served as Governor of the State of Colorado from 2007-2011. A Democrat and a Catholic, Ritter is generally takes liberal positions, aside from his opposition to labor unions. He supports socialized medicine, environmentalism, housing subsidies and welfare increases.
Coming into office Ritter signed legislation requiring utility companies to get 20% of their power from renewable resources by 2020 and in April 2008 signed a bill that established a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Colorado 20% by 2020 and 80% by 2050. 
- Almanac of American Politics, 2010