Colorado Department of Law — Annual Report 2009
Attorney General John W. Suthers
On Jan. 4, 2005, John W. Suthers was appointed as Colorado’s 37th Attorney General. In November of 2006, the voters of Colorado elected Attorney General Suthers by a substantial margin to serve a full, four-year term. As Attorney General, Suthers is charged with representing and defending the interests of the People of the State of Colorado, and serves as chief legal counsel and advisor to state government, its statewide elected officials, and its many state agencies, boards, and commissions.
Attorney General Suthers graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in government in 1974, and from the University of Colorado Law School in 1977. From 1977 to 1981, he served as a deputy and chief deputy district attorney in Colorado Springs. From September of 1979 to January of 1981, he headed the Economic Crime Division of the DA’s office and co-authored a nationally published book on consumer fraud and white-collar crime.
In January 1981, Mr. Suthers entered private practice as a litigation partner in the Colorado Springs firm of Sparks Dix, P.C. He remained with the firm until November 1988, when he ran against and defeated the incumbent district attorney for the 4th Judicial District. He was elected to a second term as district attorney in 1992. After serving two terms in office, he returned to Sparks Dix, P.C. as senior counsel in charge of the firm’s litigation section.
In 1999, Mr. Suthers was appointed executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections by Gov. Bill Owens. As head of the state’s correctional system, he oversaw an organization with almost 6,000 employees and an annual operating budget of approximately $500 million.
On July 30, 2001, Mr. Suthers was nominated by President George W. Bush to be the United States Attorney for the District of Colorado. He was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and represented the United States in all criminal and civil matters within the District.
In his tenure as Attorney General, Mr. Suthers has founded a safe surfing initiative to protect Colorado’s children from internet predators. He also has convened a Mortgage and Foreclosure Fraud Task Force which has led to several pieces of legislation designed to combat mortgage and foreclosure fraud. Attorney General Suthers has been a champion for Colorado’s environment, leading the charge to reclaim damages for the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Superfund site. He serves on the executive committee of the National Association of Attorneys General and as a