After serving as District Attorney of Denver, this Democratic Party politician took office as 41st Governor of Colorado. His term lasted from 2007 until 2011; he was succeeded by fellow Democrat John Hickenlooper.
After earning a bachelor's degree from Colorado State University, he received his J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law.
During the late 1980s, he and his wife traveled to Zambia as Catholic missionaries.
He and his ten siblings grew up on a farm in Aurora, Colorado. His marriage to Jeannie Ritter resulted in children named Tally, Sam, Abe, and August.
In the days following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Ritter served as an adviser to then-United States Attorney General John Ashcroft.