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Owen Hill
Owen Hill official portrait.jpg
Member of the Colorado Senate
from the 10th district
Assumed office
January 15, 2013
Preceded byBill Cadman
Personal details
Born (1982-02-17) February 17, 1982 (age 37)
Political partyRepublican
Alma materUnited States Air Force

Pardee RAND Graduate

Owen Hill (born February 17, 1982) is a state legislator for the U.S. State of Colorado. Elected to the Colorado State Senate as a Republican in 2012, Hill represents Senate District 10, which encompasses Eastern Colorado Springs.[1]

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  • ✪ Quest Conference 2017: Owen Hill - Student Voice Talks


I believe that everyone is born to be special to do something that makes us happy and these things are born when we're young when were students and our minds are filled with wonder and we're ready to take on the world and so it's quite disheartening to think that our society teaches students that in order to have value in life you must do well in school I find this quite contradictory because to students that translates in order to have value in life you must sacrifice what makes you special you must devote yourself to your studies because your talents your uniqueness is less important than school. To explain let me tell you a little bit about myself for years I believed in this way of thinking the way I proved my self worth to others was through school I worked hard and it showed but in doing this it forced me to push away other things in my life that I loved to do, music, magic, hockey and so I left wondering who I was and so it seems as students are discouraged to spend their time and their energy into things that make them feel alive, make them feel happy, because it is more important to focus on their studies, now this way of thinking is crushing to our youths well-being, in order to feel self-worth we are potentially sacrificing our passion and therefore our happiness think about that in order to feel self-worth we're sacrificing our happiness, we're doing this because we're told that our education will determine our future and so this leads to students experiencing a loss of identity it leads to students questioning who they are because if we can't be happy when are we gonna figure out what makes us happy and what we want to spend our lives doing. I like to imagine a maze, it seems as if there are endless options along the way turn left and right go back but really there's only one place that you can end up. Now our education system is pushing students through this maze it is because it is believed that in this maze you will pick up an invaluable key that at the end of the maze will unlock a door and lead you to the rest of your life, but what if you enter the maze carrying a chest treasure chest, but since you're told that you need to pick up this key you have to let go of that chest to free your hands to pick up the key and so you get to the end of the maze and you unlock the door you swing it open waiting the rest of your life, but you aren't happy there's nothing through that door that you want know sort of like a bad Christmas morning socks again right? You’re not happy because there's nothing that makes you feel alive and so you want what is in your chest you want what made you, you, but it was lost its lost in the maze because you were forced to leave it there the truth is we all carry a chest in here now I know that can be confusing because that's your chest but I mean in your heart but since our education system has pushed so many students through this maze there are countless numbers of abandoned chests left in the maze chests that could hold artists or musicians innovators creative minds our children are being robbed of their chests and the treasures within being robbed of their natural curiosity, creativity because they're told that their self value lies in their schoolwork. Sir Ken Robinson once told a story of a girl who didn't lose her chest, her name is Gillian Lynne, as she, as a child she's named a hopeless student she couldn't function in a classroom in the proper way she was told that she wouldn't amount to anything, essentially she was worthless and her mother was desperate so she took her to a doctor a specialist and she asked the doctor what can be done to save my daughter and so after the doctor had heard what he needed to hear he told Gillian he needed to speak to her mother outside privately and as he left the room turned on the radio on his desk and he said to her mother watch her in the room and they did and what they saw was Gillian dancing around the doctor's office to the music and so the doctor said take her to a dance school the mother did she took her to a dance school full of people just like her, full of dancers quite unlike me I took one dance lesson the shoes were still in my closet and eventually she ended grad ended up graduating from the Royal Ballet School she founded her own company and she's gone on to help produce some of the biggest stage and dance productions in history including Cats the Phantom of the Opera but she's now multi-millionaire again quite unlike me. Gillian didn't lose her chest now imagine stories I could tell imagine the stories we could tell if students weren't encouraged to drop their chests I say we don't force students to let go of the thing that makes them special they shouldn't feel they are only good enough if they have a key, we need to help fill our students chests as much as we possibly can fill them in a way that makes our youth excited to get up every morning. Now, in recent years Finland has been ranked at or top of the world for their education system in fact in 2016 the World Economic Forum ranked Finland's Education as the best in the world, now when you look at what some of the best educators in the world are world are saying my message starts to become clear Krista Kjuru who was the former Minister of Education in Finland said they should have more time to be kids to be youngsters to enjoy their life now what I think Krista means by more time is if you don't have the time to be happy how will you know what makes you happy what you want to do for the rest of your life, now these words come from someone who understands that youth have boundless potential and school should never decrease that potential. To summarize Leena Liusuavaara, nailed it, said if you con, if you constantly work, work, work, then you stop learning, now that's the opposite of what school should be doing am I right? So I think we need to do three things first we need to realize that students are faced with a choice to sacrifice their happiness to feel self-worth. We need to realize the expectations that cause them to feel this way, second we need to lift these expectations that discourage students to be unique we need to tell students that they need to hold on to their chests with all their might we need to tell them their self value does not rely on how well they can write a test their self value does not rely on how well they can be like everybody else their potential lies in what makes them different and so, thirdly we need to encourage students to find their success and by their success I mean find success in the thing that makes them special and makes them unique but most importantly find success in the thing that makes them happy, and when we do this we will successfully fill our students chests. Thank you very much


Biography and early career

Hill and his wife Emily are the parents of four children.[citation needed] Hill and his family live in Colorado Springs.[2]

In 2010, Hill ran for Colorado State Senate against the incumbent Senate Majority Leader, Democrat John Morse. He lost by 340 votes.[citation needed]

In June 2012, he won his primary election for State Senate District 10. Hill faced Brandon Hughes in the general election, which he won with 73.5% of the vote.[citation needed]

After studying economics at the Air Force Academy, Hill earned his Ph.D. in policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School in Santa Monica, California. Following his military service, Hill served as Chief Financial Officer for Compassion International, a Christian children's advocacy non-profit.[3][failed verification] He also owns a management consulting company in addition to his construction company. The construction company has recently upgraded nuclear missile warning radars.[4]

Political Positions

In 2016, Hill co-sponsored a bill to prohibit employers from requiring their employees to join a union, pay union dues, or pay the equivalent of union dues to a charity.[5] In 2018, Hill supported having individuals and corporations making under $250,000 pay a 10% flat tax.[6]

As Education Chair, he worked to provide funding equality for charter schools and public schools in a bipartisan bill.[7] He also co-sponsored a bill that gave veterans college credit for their military training and experience.[8] In 2015 Hill co-sponsored a bill that would establish tax credits for parents of students who attended private schools.[citation needed]

Hill received a 93% rating from the NRA in 2018.[9] In 2017 Hill sponsored a bill that was signed into law that legalized automatic knives".[6] In 2013 he voted against a bill that established a fee for background checks.[10] Hill has also voted against requiring classes for a concealed carry permit, and limiting firearm magazine capacity. In 2016 he cosponsored a bill that allowed concealed carry of a firearm without a permit.

Hill wants to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In its place, people could buy health insurance pre-tax.[6]

In 2014 Hill voted against a bill that would require schools to release their vaccination rates if asked for them.[11]

In 2015 Hill voted for a bill that said that parents had to consent to any physical exam or surgical procedure a minor received unless it was deemed a medical emergency.[12]

Owen Hill opposes abortion. He also wants to eliminate government funding for health care provided by Planned Parenthood. In the Colorado State Legislature, the first bill that he sponsored aimed to end Colorado's state funding to Planned Parenthood.[6] He served on the board of the pro-life group Save the Storks and has also been on the board of the Life Network the last 6 years.[6] Owen Hill was a Co-sponsor of HB 2015-268 which amended the definition of a "person" in a homicide or assault to include a fetus in every stage of development.[13]

Legislative career

2012 election

In 2012, Hill ran for the open Senate seat in Senate District 10 to replace Senator Bill Cadman after redistricting. He faced opponent Brandon Hughes of the Libertarian Party and Christopher Mull of the American Constitution Party, and defeated them with a 73.7% of the vote.[14]

2013 legislative session

Hill was appointed to serve on the Senate Education Committee, Finance Committee, and the Legislative Audit Committee.

During the 2013 Colorado Legislative session, Senator Hill promoted an amendment that would have exempted faith-based organizations from providing benefits to individuals in civil unions, if doing so would violate their freedom of conscience.[citation needed]

2014 U.S. Senate campaign

Hill ran for the U.S. Senate seat previously held by Democrat Mark Udall, Colorado's senior senator and a former member of the United States House of Representatives. During his campaign Owen Hill received an endorsement from former Texas congressman and Presidential candidate Ron Paul.[15]

In a November campaign speech before Denver county Republicans, Owen related a story from a trip to Kenya where when one youth told him he wanted to be President of the United States, "I held back my snarky comment that said 'Well, you know what, we already have someone from Kenya as President of the United States.'" Hill declined to apologize after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee called the remark "...hateful and false birther rhetoric [used when candidates] think no one is watching." Hill responded "The fact that my obvious joke is being highlighted today just shows how worried Mark Udall and the Democrats actually are of my campaign for the U.S. Senate here in Colorado."[16] Hill withdrew from the U.S. Senate race on March 17, 2014, citing Rep. Cory Gardner's entry as the reason.[17]

2017 Legislative session

Hill worked with Democratic state representative Brittany Pettersen from Lakewood to fund charter schools like any other public school.[7] With the help of Democratic Representative Steve Lebsock, Hill sponsored a bipartisan bill which legalized switchblades in Colorado.[18] Hill worked with Democrat Leroy Garcia, a US Marine and Iraq War veteran, to approve the boards of Colorado veterans homes.[19] Hill also teamed up again with Garcia on a bill that allowed veterans in Colorado to turn their military service time into college credit at all state institutions.[20]

2018 U.S. House election

Hill announced in April 2017 that he would be challenging incumbent Rep. Doug Lamborn for the U.S. House seat from Colorado's fifth district, located in Colorado Springs.[21] In July 2017, Colorado Politics reported that Hill's campaign had raised the highest amount in the past decade.[22] In January 2018 Owen Hill ranked #9 on Colorado Politics's "Counting down the Colorado politicos to watch in 2018" list, they said "he could rise on the national level and put Colorado Springs in the catbird's seat for military and technology investment".[23] In April 2018, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) endorsed Hill.[15]

In the Republican primary, Hill received just over 18% of the vote, coming in third in a field of five candidates. Incumbent Doug Lamborn won with over 52% of the vote.[24][25]

2018 Legislative Session

During the fall of 2017 the Gazette had multiple articles about "squatting" (a practice that involves people moving into vacant homes and claiming residency there despite not owning or renting the property). Hill cosponsored the "Protecting Homeowners And Deployed Military Personnel Act", which made it easier for homeowners to remove squatters.[26]


  1. ^ "Overview of State Senate District 10, Colorado (State Senate District)". Statistical Atlas. Retrieved 2018-07-12.
  2. ^ "Hill's second home". Colorado Springs Independent. May 23, 2012.
  3. ^ "Mines celebrates commencement May 12 & 13". Colorado School of Mines. May 2016.
  4. ^ "About – Owen Hill for Congress". Owen Hill for Congress. Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  5. ^ "The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart. Retrieved 2018-05-24.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Issues". Owen Hill for Congress. Retrieved 2018-05-24.
  7. ^ a b Bunch, Joey (2017-12-28). "Who had the best 2017 in Colorado politics? Who had the worst?". Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  8. ^ "Veterans in Colorado will get credit for college courses under bill signed into law". Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  9. ^ "The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart. Retrieved 2018-05-24.
  10. ^ "The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart. Retrieved 2018-05-24.
  11. ^ "The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart. Retrieved 2018-05-24.
  12. ^ "The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart. Retrieved 2018-05-24.
  13. ^ "The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart. Retrieved 2018-05-24.
  14. ^ "2012 Election Results DP". Election Results. Retrieved 2012-11-07.
  15. ^ a b "News – Owen Hill for Congress". Owen Hill for Congress. Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  16. ^ Colorado GOP senate candidate Owen Hill not apologizing for ‘birther’ comments, KDVR Fox31 Denver, November 7, 2013. Retrieved November 9, 2013
  17. ^ "Gardner gets clear primary path in Colorado". 18 March 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  18. ^ "It's now legal to carry a switchblade in Colorado". Owen Hill for Congress. Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  19. ^ "Senate approves boards for Colorado veterans homes". Colorado Springs Gazette. Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  20. ^ "Colorado veterans now can turn military experience into college credits". Colorado Springs Gazette. Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  21. ^ "Colorado Spring's state Sen. Owen Hill to challenge U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn in 5th Congressional District". ColoradoPolitics. April 1, 2017.
  22. ^ "Republican Owen Hill shatters fundraising record in primary race against U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn - Colorado Politics". Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  23. ^ "Counting down the Colorado politicos to watch in 2018". Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  24. ^ Paul, Jesse (2018-06-27). "U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn keeps his job despite tough primary; Joe Neguse, Diane Mitsch Bush win Democratic primaries for Congress". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2018-07-12.
  25. ^ "Election Night Reporting". Retrieved 2018-07-12.
  26. ^ "Squatters have rights to occupy your home - Colo Spgs Gazette, 2018-01-25". Retrieved 2018-05-27.

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