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Ellen Golombek confirmed as Executive Director of Department of Labor and Employment

Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011 -- Gov. John Hickenlooper today applauded the Colorado Senate for confirming Ellen Golombek as Executive Director of the Department of Labor and Employment.

Golombek was confirmed by the Senate with a vote of 21 to 14.

Previously, Golombek was the Colorado State Director for America Votes, whose work around the country includes protecting every American’s right to vote. She brings nearly 20 years of additional experience working on labor issues and established relationships statewide to her new role in the Hickenlooper-Garcia administration.

Golombek worked for 14 years with the Service Employees International Union and Colorado AFL-CIO. She was elected the first woman president of the Colorado AFL-CIO in 2000 and led the successful lobbying and legislative efforts for the organization for 10 years.

Before joining America Votes in Colorado, Golombek worked at Planned Parenthood as the National Political and Field Director in Washington, D.C., and as Vice President for External Affairs in New York. She earlier worked four years with the 1.8 million-member Service Employees International Union, where she served as the Assistant to the Secretary-Treasurer and Director of Government Affairs. She managed a $65 million budget in that role.

Golombek earned a bachelor’s degree in labor studies from Antioch University.