Cory Gardner

Cory Gardner
Cory Gardner
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 4th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded by Betsy Markey
Member of the Colorado House of Representatives
from the 63rd district
In office
January 9, 2007 – January 2, 2011
Preceded by Greg Brophy
Succeeded by Jon Becker[1]
Personal details
Born August 22, 1974 (1974-08-22) (age 37)[2]
Yuma, Colorado, U.S.[2]
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jamie Gardner;[2] 1 daughter
Residence Yuma, Colorado, U.S.
Occupation Politician, small businessman, farmer
Religion Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod[2]

Cory Scott Gardner[3] (born August 22, 1974)[2] 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.[4]

Colorado legislature

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.[5] 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.[citation needed]

U.S. House of Representatives

2010 election

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.

Gardner is one of the GOP Young Guns. He was endorsed by former U.S. Congressman Tom Tancredo.[6] In an early September poll, Gardner was up 50% to 39%.[7]


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. [8]. The House passed Gardner's bill by a vote of 253 to 166 with bipartisan support June 22, 2011. [9]

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. [10]

Gardner voted for the Ryan budget plan, derided by many Democrats as ending Medicare as it is currently known. [11] [12]

Committee assignments

Electoral history

Colorado District 63 election, 2006[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Cory Gardner 15,736 73.3%
Democratic Pauline Artery 5,732 26.7%
Colorado District 63 election, 2008[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Cory Gardner 100.0


  1. ^ Colorado State House Dist. 63 Results 2010 Colorado Election Results. Denver Post. November 23, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e Rubin, Richard (November 3, 2010). "112th Congress: Cory Gardner, R-Colo. (4th District)". Congressional Quarterly. 
  3. ^ "Representative Cory Scott Gardner (Cory) (R-Colorado, 4th) - Biography from". LegiStorm. Retrieved 2011-06-14. 
  4. ^ "Cory Gardner official campaign website". Retrieved 2011-06-14. 
  5. ^ "United States > Colorado > CO State House > Minority Whip". Retrieved 2011-06-14. 
  6. ^ Tancredo endorses Gardner[dead link]
  7. ^ Gardner leads Markey according to polls[dead link]
  8. ^ "Hearing on “The American Energy Initiative". Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  9. ^ "Rep. Gardner's Jobs and Permitting Act Passes House". 22 June 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  10. ^ "Rep. Gardner Announces Resolution to Tackle Duplicative Programs and Govt. Waste". 1 March 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "House Vote 277 - Passes Ryan Budget Bill". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  12. ^ O'Connor, Patrick (2011-04-05). "Democrats Decry Ryan Budget Plan". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  13. ^ "CO State House District 63 Race - Nov 07, 2006". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2011-06-14. 
  14. ^ "CO State House 063 Race - Nov 04, 2008". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2011-06-14. 

External links

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Betsy Markey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 4th congressional district

January 3, 2011 – present
Succeeded by
United States order of precedence
Preceded by
Bill Flores
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Bob Gibbs

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