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 over 20 years. He is running to be Colorado’s next Attorney General because he is committed to defending our freedoms, fighting for opportunities for all, and protecting our land, air, and water.
Phil is optimistic about taking back our democracy in 2018. He learned this optimism and the importance of protecting our democracy from his family – immigrants who survived the Holocaust. He knows – just like many Coloradans that he’s talked to in his 64-county campaign tour of all Colorado counties- that we can do better – as a state and as a country.
Now more than ever, State AG’s are the last line of defense between our rights and the overreaching executive and dysfunctional legislative branches. The AG’s office is Colorado’s biggest law firm and requires a lot of knowledge and experience. Phil is the right person at the right time for this role. He is the right person because he knows all of the legal tools needed to be effective at both the state and national level–skills he gained clerking for Ruth Bader Ginsburg and working for Barack Obama in the White House. He also has experience leading litigation against corporate wrongdoers at the Department of Justice under two administrations (Clinton and Obama). But most importantly, he knows how to lead, inspire and manage lawyers–leadership he has demonstrated as Dean of University of Colorado Law School School, where he led that large organization effectively and recruited and mentored a diverse group of students and instructors.
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, litigated civil rights cases, co-chaired Governor Bill Ritter’s Innovation Council, and served on President Obama’s Transition Team, overseeing the Federal Trade Commission.
From 2009-11, Phil served 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. At the Justice Department, Phil oversaw complex antitrust investigations, worked to strengthen the review of anticompetitive mergers, and spearheaded an effort to promote competition in agriculture. At the White House, Phil spearheaded what became a bipartisan effort to increase access to wireless spectrum and enable the deployment of an interoperable wireless broadband network for public safety.
As the Dean of the University of Colorado Law School from 2011-16, Phil held tuition flat and more than doubled student scholarships, attracting more applicants than ever before (at a time when applications to law school fell nationwide). He also took seriously the need to train the next generation of leaders of Colorado, helping students find jobs in a changing environment and actively supporting 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.