Secretary of State Bernie Buescher

Two months ago, Bernie Buescher expected he would be heading to Denver in January once more, but not for the job he now will fill.

On Friday, Gov. Bill Ritter nominated Buescher to become Colorado secretary of state. The post will be vacant in January because current Secretary of State Mike Coffman was elected to
Congress. Buescher will serve the final two years of Coffman’s term.

We applaud Ritter’s decision and we expect Buescher will have little trouble being confirmed by the state Senate. That’s in part because, as we noted earlier this month, Buescher has considerable experience that qualifies him for the secretary of state’s job.

As a lawmaker, he was in the middle of legislative debates over election issues and helped pass a bill on election law. He’s also been a leader in budgeting for every state agency.

Buescher also has extensive administrative experience, both in heading up several state agencies and in operating a private business.

Two months ago, Buescher thought he would be heading to Denver next month as a returning state representative who was likely to be the next speaker of the House. But he lost his re-election bid in a hard-fought battle with Republican businesswoman Laura Bradford.

So, instead he will be heading to the secretary of state’s office near the Capitol. He’s an excellent person to fill that position. Gov. Ritter made the right choice.


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