Gov. John Hickenlooper speaks during his 2014 State of the State address.
Colorado's House chamber prepares for the 2014 state of the state address. This is Hickenlooper's third address.
House Speaker Mark Ferrandino presents the gavel. Ferrandino represents House District 2, encompassing south central Denver. He is the first openly gay male legislator in Colorado history.
7NEWS Reporter Marshall Zelinger's view of the 2014 State of the State address.
Hickenlooper enters the House chamber for his 2014 State of the State address. His core message this year: "The state of our state is strong."
Colorado Senate President Morgan Carroll shakes hands with Gov. Hickenlooper before the speech. Carroll replaced John Morse as Colorado State Senate President after he was recalled by voters unhappy with his stance on gun control.
Gov. Hickenlooper shakes hands with attendees at the 2014 State of the State address.
Hickenlooper: "Moving forward, our priorities are clear: We are going to remain focused on jobs, education; and ensuring that we have a state that is as healthy as it is fiscally sound."
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and others applaud during the 2014 State of the State address.
Gov. Hickenlooper: "Moving forward, our priorities are clear: We are going to remain focused on jobs, education; and ensuring that we have a state that is as healthy as it is fiscally sound."
Gov. Hickenlooper acknowledges Kathy Nesbitt, executive director of the Department of Personnel and Administration, with a joke. He says a recent award she won was "akin to an Oscar for best starring role in cutting red tape."
Gov. Hickenlooper says legalizing marijuana "will be one of the great social experiments of this century, and while not all of us chose it, being first means we all share a responsibility to do it properly."
Hickenlooper: "Colorado has outperformed the national (health care) exchange and most states. More than 139,000 residents now have health insurance who didn’t have it before."
"The widely held perception today is that politicians divide and selfishly scheme in the moment, whereas public servants unite and plan for the greater good. Over the course of the last year, everyone in this room has been tested."