Birthdate: May 28, 1970
Birth Place: Wyandotte, MI, United States
Residence: Aurora, CO
Joe Miklosi was raised in New Boston, Mich., a rural community near the Ohio-Michigan border. His father was an elementary-school art teacher; his mother was a waitress. He says his humble working-class parents inspired him to enter public service with a mission to help blue-collar workers.
He earned a bachelor's in religion at Hope College and later, in 2004, a master's in public administration from the University of Denver.
Miklosi considering a career as a Methodist minister, but instead chose public service. In 1993, he served as an intern at the White House in the office of public liaison. He also worked as an aide to former U.S. Sen. Howard Metzenbaum of Ohio.
While taking night classes at DU, Miklosi worked at Denver-based software companies Cyveillance and Aristotle Industries. After receiving his master's, he worked for Project C.U.R.E., a nonprofit in suburban Denver that collects and distributes donated medical supplies and equipment to hospitals in the developing world. He has made humanitarian trips to Guatemala, Kenya and Rwanda.
He was elected to the Colorado House in 2008.
Miklosi and his wife, Jennifer, live in Aurora.
Joe Miklosi worked behind the scenes in politics for years before submitting himself to voters and winning election to the Colorado House in 2008.
His first job out of college was as an aide to former U.S. Democratic Sen. Howard Metzenbaum of Ohio. A year later, in 1993, Miklosi was a White House intern in the office of public liaison.
After moving to Denver, Miklosi started his Colorado political career as state director of Progressive Majority, which recruits municipal and state candidates throughout Colorado.
Miklosi was elected to the Colorado House in 2008, defeating Paul Rosenthal in a contested and bitter Democratic primary and going on to win the general election. He was re-elected in 2010.
After the 2010 Census, though, Denver's slower-than-elsewhere growth rate meant that the city lost a seat in the state House. Miklosi elected to leave the House rather than challenge another Democratic incumbent, and he cast about for an opportunity. Rather than challenge Denver's long-serving Democratic Rep. Diana DeGette, Miklosi decided to challenge Republican Rep. Mike Coffman, a two-term incumbent in the conservative southern suburbs.
Miklosi was given little chance until a redistricting plan made Colorado's 6th Congressional District much more competitive for Democrats. In 2010, more than 40 percent of the voters in the district were registered Republicans. In the 2012 race, the district is about a third Republican, a third Democratic and a third independent, with significantly more Latino voters in Aurora.
The changing district all of a sudden makes Miklosi a more serious candidate. Democrats got even more interested in May 2012 when Coffman told a group of Republicans that he doesn't know whether President Barack Obama was born in the U.S. and that in his heart Obama is not an American. The comments were recorded and circulated to conservatives, causing a dustup that led to Coffman writing an apology in The Denver Post in which he called the remark "boneheaded." Miklosi said it was "a comment you would normally hear from Rush Limbaugh."
Miklosi is portraying Coffman as a far-right conservative and a bad choice to represent a district that is more urban and more diverse than the old 6th District.
Source: Associated Press