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Bernie Buescher Bounces Back, Joins AG’s Office As Head Of State Services

LAW WEEK COLORADO

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers has appointed Bernie Buescher as the deputy attorney general overseeing the AG’s office’s State Services Section.

“I am pleased to welcome Bernie to my senior staff,” Suthers said in a statement. “Bernie is a proven leader and manager. His breadth of experience as an attorney, an elected official and a statewide executive will make him an excellent addition to the Office of the Attorney General’s management team. I look forward to working with him in this new capacity.”

Buescher was Secretary of State for two years but lost November’s election to Scott Gessler. Buescher’s last day as Secretary of State was Jan. 11. Buescher was appointed secretary of state in 2008 by Gov. Bill Ritter shortly after Buescher lost his reelection bid as a state representative from Grand Junction.

He had a number of public and private sector jobs before that, including president of West Star Aviation, Inc., and executive director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Finance under Gov. Roy Romer. A 1974 graduate of the University of Colorado Law School, Beuscher has also practiced law in Grand Junction.

Buescher replaces Monica Marquez as head of the State Services Section. Marquez joined the Colorado Supreme Court in December.

The State Services Section provides legal advice and representation for numerous Colorado state agencies, including the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, attorney general and the judicial branch of Colorado government. The section handles complex constitutional litigation as well as the defense of voter-approved constitutional and statutory provisions. The State Services Section also represents the State Board of Education and the state’s public college and universities.

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