Best Unexpected Political Appointment -- State (2004)

Mike Feeley , Colorado Commission on Higher Education

First things first: Mike Feeley is a Democrat -- and how. The lawyer/lawmaker came within 121 votes of grabbing the seventh congressional seat from Bob Beauprez in 2002. But that didn't stop Governor Bill Owens from naming Feeley this year to an open slot on the Colorado Commission of Higher Education, where the former Senate minority leader will be able to give his fellow commissioners a real-life lesson in how to push policy through the legislature.

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