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Congressman

Colorado (District: 4)

Republican

Current

starts 01/03/2011

Biography

Cory Scott Gardner (born August 22, 1974) is the Republican http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives">U.S. Representative for http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado%27s_4th_congressional_district">Colorado’s 4th congressional district. In 2010, he defeated incumbent Democrat http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betsy_Markey">Betsy Markey. He was formerly a member of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_House_of_Representatives">Colorado House of Representatives.

Congressman Cory Gardner has been a leading conservative voice in Colorado where he served in the state legislature for five years prior to being elected to Congress to represent the state’s 4th Congressional District.

Always an advocate for limited government and lower taxes, Cory is never one to shy away from tough choices. His first order of business after being sworn-in as a member of the United States House of Representatives was to co-sponsor a balanced budget amendment and vote to cut 5 percent from his congressional office budget.

Since first getting elected to Congress in 2010, Cory has introduced and passed legislation to expand the development of the nation’s domestic energy resources, which he believes is essential to our national security.  He is a primary advocate for the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, which will create tens of thousands of high paying jobs.  Cory has also introduced legislation to help small businesses grow and families save for college.

Cory has always been a strong voice for rural families and small business.  He has earned a reputation for fighting onerous government regulations that hurt farmers and hinder job growth.  After growing up in the arid west, Cory has also become a leading voice in the campaign to build more water storage to support our growing communities and the nation’s agricultural industry.

As a member of Congress, Cory serves on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which has jurisdiction ranging over national energy policy to interstate and foreign communications.

Cory graduated summa cum laude from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science, moving on to law school at the University of Colorado to earn his Juris Doctor. Prior to joining the House of Representatives, Cory served as General Counsel and Legislative Director for U.S. Senator Wayne Allard. Cory has also worked for the National Corn Growers Association.

Cory is a fifth-generation Coloradoan with family roots dating back to 1886. He grew up working in his family’s farm implement dealership where he did everything from sweeping the floors to managing the books and ordering inventory. Cory lives with his wife, Jaime, and their two children in Yuma, CO in a house that once belonged to his great-grandparents.

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