Rick Palacio is the former chair of the Colorado Democratic Party. During his time as chair, Colorado went blue for President Obama in 2012 and in 2016 the state sent its electoral votes to Hillary Clinton. Democrats also expanded their numbers in the state legislature, and re-elected Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper in 2014 and and U.S. Senator Michael Bennet in 2016. Prior to his work in Colorado, Rick worked as a senior aide to then-House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer.