- Cory Gardner
Cory Gardner Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 4th district
Incumbent Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded by Betsy Markey Member of the Colorado House of Representatives
from the 63rd district
January 9, 2007 – January 2, 2011
Preceded by Greg Brophy Succeeded by Jon Becker Personal details Born August 22, 1974 
Yuma, Colorado, U.S.
Political party Republican Spouse(s) Jamie Gardner; 1 daughter Residence Yuma, Colorado, U.S. Occupation Politician, small businessman, farmer Religion Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod
Cory Scott Gardner (born August 22, 1974) is the Republican U.S. Representative for Colorado's 4th congressional district. In 2010, he defeated incumbent Democrat Betsy Markey. He was formerly a member of the Colorado House of Representatives.
Early life, education, and early political career
Gardner graduated summa cum laude from Colorado State University with a B.A. in political science. He went to Law School at the University of Colorado to earn his Juris Doctor. Gardner served as General Counsel and Legislative Director for former U.S. Senator Wayne Allard of Colorado.
In 2006, he was elected to the 63rd district, which was vacated by Republican Greg Brophy, who went on to be State Senator. Gardner became the House Minority Whip in January 2007. The Denver Post hailed Gardner as “the GOP Idea Man”. He was named one of the Top 40 young Republican lawmakers by the magazine Rising Tide.
U.S. House of Representatives
Gardner won the Republican primary to challenge Democratic incumbent Betsy Markey. Also running were American Constitutional Party nominee Doug Aden and Independent Ken "Wasko" Waszkiewicz. On November 2, 2010, Gardner won in the 4th Congressional District, defeating Markey.
Since taking office, Gardner has introduced a bill that would make it easier for oil companies to drill offshore in Alaska, creating over 50,000 jobs and producing 1 million barrels of oil a day. . The House passed Gardner's bill by a vote of 253 to 166 with bipartisan support June 22, 2011. 
Gardner also introduced bipartisan legislation to reduce wasteful spending and duplicative programs. “The amount of waste perpetrated by the federal government is mind boggling and has gone largely unchecked for far too long – enough is enough – we need to dig into why there are so many different programs doing the same thing and whether or not they need to be eliminated or combined,” Gardner said in a statement on his Congressional website. 
- Committee on Energy and Commerce
- Subcommittee on Energy and Power
- Subcommittee on Environment and Economy
- Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
Colorado District 63 election, 2006 Party Candidate Votes % ±% Republican Cory Gardner 15,736 73.3% Democratic Pauline Artery 5,732 26.7% Colorado District 63 election, 2008 Party Candidate Votes % ±% Republican Cory Gardner 100.0
- ^ Colorado State House Dist. 63 Results 2010 Colorado Election Results. Denver Post. November 23, 2010.
- ^ a b c d e Rubin, Richard (November 3, 2010). "112th Congress: Cory Gardner, R-Colo. (4th District)". Congressional Quarterly. http://news.yahoo.com/s/cq/20101103/pl_cq_politics/politics000003758282.
- ^ "Representative Cory Scott Gardner (Cory) (R-Colorado, 4th) - Biography from". LegiStorm. http://www.legistorm.com/memberbio/2735/Rep_Cory_Gardner_CO.html. Retrieved 2011-06-14.
- ^ "Cory Gardner official campaign website". Corygardner.com. http://corygardner.com/meetcorygardner. Retrieved 2011-06-14.
- ^ "United States > Colorado > CO State House > Minority Whip". www.ourcampaigns.com. http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=355746. Retrieved 2011-06-14.
- ^ Tancredo endorses Gardner[dead link]
- ^ Gardner leads Markey according to polls[dead link]
- ^ "Hearing on “The American Energy Initiative". http://republicans.energycommerce.house.gov/Media/file/Hearings/Energy/041311/memo.pdf. Retrieved 11 April 2011.
- ^ "Rep. Gardner's Jobs and Permitting Act Passes House". 22 June 2011. http://gardner.house.gov/press-release/rep-gardner%E2%80%99s-jobs-and-permitting-act-passes-house. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
- ^ "Rep. Gardner Announces Resolution to Tackle Duplicative Programs and Govt. Waste". 1 March 2011. http://gardner.house.gov/press-release/rep-gardner-announces-resolution-tackle-duplicative-programs-and-govt-waste. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
- ^ "House Vote 277 - Passes Ryan Budget Bill". The New York Times. http://politics.nytimes.com/congress/votes/112/house/1/277. Retrieved 26 August 2011.
- ^ O'Connor, Patrick (2011-04-05). "Democrats Decry Ryan Budget Plan". wsj.com. Wall Street Journal. http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2011/04/05/democrats-decry-ryan-budget-plan/. Retrieved 26 August 2011.
- ^ "CO State House District 63 Race - Nov 07, 2006". Our Campaigns. http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=302126. Retrieved 2011-06-14.
- ^ "CO State House 063 Race - Nov 04, 2008". Our Campaigns. http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=464175. Retrieved 2011-06-14.
- Congressman Cory Gardner official U.S. House site
- Cory Gardner for Congress official campaign site
- Biography at WhoRunsGov.com at The Washington Post
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Voting record maintained by The Washington Post
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Congressional profile at GovTrack
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress
- Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues
- Current Bills Sponsored at StateSurge.com
- Financial information at OpenSecrets.org
- Staff salaries, trips and personal finance at LegiStorm.com
- Campaign finance reports and data at the Federal Election Commission
- Campaign contributions at the National Institute for Money in State Politics
- Appearances on C-SPAN programs
United States House of Representatives Preceded by
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 4th congressional district
January 3, 2011 – present
United States order of precedence Preceded by
United States Representatives by seniority
- Committee on Energy and Commerce
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