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DENVER — Gov. John Hickenlooper has nominated businesswoman Donna Lynne for lieutenant governor, it was announced Wednesday.

Lynne, if confirmed by both chambers of the General Assembly, will replace current Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia, who is leaving the state house to become president of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.

Lynne is currently executive vice president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals, and group president of Kaiser Permanente Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington.

“Donna Lynne is uniquely qualified to take on this role,” Hickenlooper said. “Her background in successfully running large complex organizations — in both the private and public sector — and her wisdom and experience in operations, will enhance the lieutenant governor’s role to make even more of an impact on programs across the state.”

Her appointment could potentially be even more significant for the state if Hickenlooper does not finish his term. Political analysts tell FOX31 Denver that Hickenlooper could be up for a job in Washington if a Democrat wins the November presidential election.

According to Lynne’s biography, there are more than 675,000 Kaiser Permanente members in Colorado and 725,000 in the other two regions she oversees, with a combined total revenue base of more than $7 billion.

Lynne resides in Denver and has three children.