Gov. Bill Owens has nominated Republican U.S. Attorney John Suthers to replace outgoing Attorney General Ken Salazar.
Suthers is a longtime prosecutor with a tough-on-crime reputation. From 1977 to 1981, he served as a deputy and chief deputy district attorney in Colorado Springs. From September 1979 to January of 1981, he headed the Economic Crime Division of the DA's office.
In January of 1981, Suthers entered private practice and became a litigation partner in the Colorado Springs firm of Sparks Dix, P.C. He remained with the firm until November of 1988, when he was elected District Attorney of the 4th Judicial District. He was re-elected to a second term in November 1992. After that, he returned to his private practice.
On January 12, 1999, Suthers was appointed Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections by Gov. Bill Owens. Then, on July 30, 2001, he was nominated by President George W. Bush to be the U.S. Attorney for the state of Colorado.
He lost a close race to Salazar for Colorado attorney general in 1998, getting 601,362 votes to Salazar's 634,712.
Salazar was elected to the U.S. Senate in November and will leave office on January 4th with two years remaining in his term.