Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Congratulations Mike, you've done it again!!

This my friend Mike Coffman. We've been friends since the 5th grade when United transferred my Dad to Denver (Aurora CO actually). Mike and his family lived on the same street and we went to grade school thru some of high school together. Mike, Betsy and I always hang together at every one of our high school reunions.Mike is an amazing guy. He dropped out of high school and joined the Army while the Viet Nam war was still going on. Then went back to school, owned some small businesses, went to college (University of Colorado (GO BUFFS - me too) and the Senior Executive Program for State and Local Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University) and some where in there in his spare time joined the Marine Corp. Mike was later elected to the Colorado State Legislature. During Operation Desert Storm, Mike took an unpaid leave of absence to return to active duty as an infantry officer during the conflict. The legislature put yellow ribbons at his seat while he was gone. In the 90's he ran for and became Colorado's State Treasurer (still is until January). He and I kid that he is the most famous dropout we know. Last year Mike again took unpaid leave from Treasury to serve as a Marine Corps civil affairs officer in Iraq, helping the Iraqi’s with two nation-wide elections.

You want to know what Mike did this time? He ran for Colorado Secretary of State - and won!!!!!

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