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Spotlight: Colorado AG Phil Weiser

Areas of focus since taking office have included:
1) Opioids: Weiser has joined a number of lawsuits against opioid drug manufacturers. He has also pledged to put monies from the settlement with the Sackler family, which controls Purdue Pharma, towards building and expanding opioid recovery programs.

2) Criminal justice reform: Weiser has testified in support of reform bills that would end cash bail requirements for low level offenses and provide for the release of certain individuals subject to no-bail conditions.

3) Environmental protection: Weiser has challenged the rollback of clean-car standards and the National Environmental Policy Act.

Professional Background:
Democrat Phil Weiser has served as Colorado’s 39th Attorney General since 2019.Before running for office, Weiser served as the Hatfield Professor of Law, and Dean of the University of Colorado Law School, where he founded the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship and co-chaired the Colorado Innovation Council. He was a Deputy Assistant AG in the U.S. DOJ and Senior Advisor for Technology and Innovation in the Obama Administration’s National Economic Council. He also served on President Obama’s Transition Team, overseeing the Federal Trade Commission; and as counsel to the Assistant AG in charge of the Clinton DOJ’s Antitrust Division, advising on telecommunications matters.

Education: Weiser earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Swarthmore College with high honors in1990 and a J.D. from NYU’s School of Law), with Order of the Coif honors in1994.

Personal: Weiser is one of two sons born to a Holocaust survivor who came to the United States at a young age. His mother was born in a German concentration camp before coming to the United States at age six. In 2002, Weiser married Heidi Wald, a physician, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and they now live together with their two children in Denver.