Phil Weiser is an innovative, effective leader who has dedicated his life to public service and teaching. He is a lifelong Democrat who has worked on behalf of Democratic candidates in Colorado for almost 20 years.

In 1992, Phil first came to Colorado to interview with his future mentor Judge David Ebel. With the exception of serving in the federal government, Phil has worked in Colorado since he graduated law school.

After graduating law school, Phil worked in Denver for Judge Ebel on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. He then went to work at the United States Supreme Court, serving as a law clerk for Justices Byron White and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He next served in President Clinton’s Department of Justice before coming back to Colorado to teach as a professor at the University of Colorado Law School.  At CU Law, Phil founded the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship, co-chaired Governor Bill Ritter’s Innovation Council, and litigated civil rights cases pro bono before the Tenth Circuit.

After a leave of absence to serve in the Obama Administration as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice and as Senior Advisor for Technology and Innovation at the White House’s National Economic Council, Phil returned home to serve as Dean of the University of Colorado Law School. During his time at the helm of CU Law, he held tuition flat and more than doubled student scholarships, attracted more applicants than ever before (at a time when applications to law school fell nationwide), took seriously the need to train the next generation of leaders of Colorado, helped students find jobs in a changing environment, and actively supported entrepreneurship on campus and in the community. Phil also emerged as a leader in the Colorado startup community, co-founding Startup Colorado and founding the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network, to help grow Colorado’s economy.

For Phil and his wife, Heidi, both the children of Holocaust survivors, protecting civil rights and civil liberties is very personal. Phil’s mom was born in a concentration camp in Germany, and Heidi’s dad left on the last boat from Germany that made it to the United States—the one before the St. Louis that was famously turned back. With this legacy, Phil recognizes that we cannot take our civil rights or constitutional values for granted.

Phil’s parents both started with nothing, had to support themselves after they graduated high school, were the first in their families to go to college, and worked hard to build successful lives for themselves and for Phil and his brother. As someone who benefited from the American Dream that is slipping away for many of our citizens, Phil will use the inspiration from his parents’ example to work hard for all Coloradans.

Phil and Heidi, a physician, are raising their two children, Aviva and Sammy, in Denver.

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