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Gov. Hickenlooper names new Legislative Director

DENVER — Friday, June 28, 2013 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today Tracee Bentley will join his senior leadership team as Legislative Director. She will replace Christine Scanlan, who resigned to become president and CEO of The Keystone Center in Keystone.


Bentley now works as the Deputy Director of the Colorado Energy Office and lobbies the General Assembly. She will join the Governor’s Office in late July and help lead the administration’s legislative strategy and continue to work directly with members of the General Assembly.


“Tracee possesses a keen ability to bring different people together to solve complex problems,” Hickenlooper said. “She knows her way around the Capitol, has a solid bipartisan reputation and maintains good relationships that transcend political lines.”


Bentley will join a team led by Alan Salazar, the governor’s Chief of Strategic Operations, and work closely with Deputy Legislative Director David Archer and Legislative Liaison Cally King.


Before joining the Colorado Energy Office in 2011, Bentley ran a Colorado-based, bipartisan lobbying firm. She earlier worked as the Western United States Director for a national initiative called 25x’25. In that role, she assembled and led policy and grassroots efforts with key agricultural organizations in more than 20 states to generate rural economic development and move toward home-grown energy and away from foreign oil.


Bentley also worked as the Director of National Affairs for the Colorado Farm Bureau, where she spearheaded important issues including energy, immigration, farm policy and international trade.


Bentley earned both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Colorado State University. Before earning her bachelor’s degree, Bentley worked in Washington, D.C., for former U.S. Sen. Ben Campbell.