Gov. Bill Ritter has picked state Rep. Bernie Buescher as Colorado's next secretary of state.
"Thank you for the confidence," Buescher told the governor. "I will work hard and try to do a good job."
Ritter announced his pick at a news conference in his office this morning. The position came open when Mike Coffman was elected to congress. In all, 20 people applied
; that number was whittled to three, including Buescher, as well as outgoing House Speaker Andrew Romanoff and Senate Majority Leader Ken Gordon.