Colorado native Dan Baer is a candidate who has lived a life of public service, not a lifetime in politics.
A Heritage High School grad (his mom was his art teacher!), Dan is the oldest of four. When his youngest brother was 6 and their father was diagnosed with terminal cancer, Dan came home from grad school to care for his dad in his final months. Dan has an intimate understanding of what it’s like to fear a pre-existing condition and the loss of health care.
Dan went on to become an advocate for human rights and a representative of American values in over fifty countries around the world.
President Obama appointed Dan as US Ambassador to the OSCE–the world’s largest regional security organization. He worked with Vice President Biden and Secretary Kerry to get international monitors to Ukraine in the wake of the 2014 Russian invasion. Earlier, as a deputy assistant secretary of state, Dan helped Secretary Clinton develop her landmark LGBTQ speech.
After returning home to Denver with his husband Brian, Dan taught at the University of Denver. He was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to serve as executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education, where he stood up for Colorado students against the harmful policies of Betsy DeVos.
Now Dan is running for Senate because he knows working people are taking all the risks these days, while big corporations are getting all the rewards. We need to reset. A strong America starts at home. The U.S. Senate can learn a lot from Colorado, but Senator Cory Gardner is taking his cues from Washington. As Senator, Dan will fight for big new ideas, to lift new voices up, and to show we’re not ready to give up on the idea that we can do better.