If confirmed by the Colorado General Assembly, Kaiser Permanente health care executive Donna Lynne will become the state’s next lieutenant governor, Gov. John Hickenlooper announced on a snow-bound Wednesday.
Current Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia, who first ran with Hickenlooper in 2010, is stepping down from his post to join the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. Before he was elected lieutenant governor, Garcia was president of Colorado State University – Pueblo.
Lynne is currently the executive president of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and is group president for its Colorado, Pacific Northwest and Hawaii regions. She oversees 1.4 million Kaiser members and a revenue base of more than $7 billion, according to biographical information on Kaiser’s website.
Colorado Public Radio’s Vic Vela reported that Lynne also worked for 17-years as executive vice president and chief operating officer for Group Health, Inc. She held same title in the mid-90’s for the New York Business Group on Health.
Prior to that, Lynne spent 20 years in various positions in New York City government, according to the report.
“This is a hard decision for me to leave that family that I’ve been part of for 11 years,” the report quoted her as saying, “but the challenge that the governor laid at my feet is awesome.”