August William Ritter (born September 6, 1956) is an American politician and lawyer who served as the 41st Governor of Colorado from 2007 to 2011.
A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the district attorney for Denver before his election in 2006.
Ritter was the first native-born person to be elected as Governor of Colorado since 1975, as well as being the first Democratic officeholder in 50 years to serve with a Democratic majority in the Colorado General Assembly.
Ritter did not run for a second term in 2010.
Ritter announced that he would not run for a second term due to family reasons.
He supported fellow Democrat John Hickenlooper, who was elected to the governorship.