Cynthia Coffman (politician)

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Cynthia Coffman
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Attorney General of Colorado
Assumed office
January 11, 2015
Governor John Hickenlooper
Preceded by John Suthers
Personal details
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mike Coffman
Alma mater University of Missouri,

Georgia State University

Cynthia H. Coffman is an American lawyer and politician from the state of Colorado. A member of the Republican Party, she is the Attorney General of Colorado.

Early life and career

Coffman graduated from the University of Missouri and received her law degree from the Georgia State University College of Law. She began working in the office of the Georgia Attorney General in 1993. In 1996, she became a lawyer for the 1996 Summer Olympics, held in Atlanta. Following the Centennial Olympic Park bombing, Coffman served as a liaison to the families of the victims.[1]

Coffman moved to Colorado in 1997, and worked for the legislative council of the Colorado Legislature.[1] She served as legal counsel for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment from 1999 through 2004. She then served as legal counsel for Bill Owens, the Governor of Colorado, from 2004 to 2005, and as chief deputy attorney general under John Suthers, the Attorney General of Colorado from 2004 through 2014.[2] In 2012, Law Week Colorado named Coffman their Best Public Sector Lawyer.[3]

Attorney General of Colorado

In 2014, Coffman ran in the election for Attorney General of Colorado. She faced Mark Waller for the Republican Party nomination. She received Suthers' endorsement.[4] After receiving the majority of support of Colorado delegates,[5] Waller withdrew from the race.[6][7] Coffman defeated Democratic Party nominee Don Quick 54%-40% in the general election.[2]

Personal life

She is married to Mike Coffman, who represents Colorado's 6th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives.[8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Chief Deputy Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman tells CCRW why she’s running to replace her boss". Retrieved November 6, 2014. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Cynthia Coffman easily wins Colorado AG's race". Retrieved November 6, 2014. 
  3. "Cynthia Coffman tapped ‘Best Public Sector Lawyer’". Retrieved November 6, 2014. 
  4. "John Suthers to nominate Cynthia Coffman for attorney general at state GOP assembly". The Spot. Retrieved November 6, 2014. 
  5. Kurtis Lee (April 14, 2014). "Cynthia Coffman amasses 69 percent of GOP delegate support, almost keeps Mark Waller off ballot". The Denver Post. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  6. Eli Stokols (April 28, 2014). "Waller ends campaign for attorney general, calls for GOP to unify behind Coffman". KDVR. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  7. Anthony Cotton (April 28, 2014). "Rep. Mark Waller, citing party unity, withdraws from attorney general race". The Denver Post. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  8. "2014 Elections: Republican Buy TV for Cynthia Coffman". At the Races. Retrieved November 6, 2014. 

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Legal offices
Preceded by
John Suthers
Attorney General of Colorado