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Abel Tapia

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Abel Tapia
Former candidate for
U.S. House, Colorado, District 3
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Colorado State Senate District 3
Colorado House of Representatives
Associate'sSouthern Colorado State College
Bachelor'sColorado State
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Campaign website
Abel Tapia (b. July 23, 1949) was a 2014 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 3rd Congressional District of Colorado. Abel Tapia lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Tapia served in of the Colorado State Senate, representing District 3 from 2003 to 2011, in the Colorado House of Representatives from 1998 to 2002 and on the Pueblo School Board from 1993 to 1997.


Tapia earned his A.A.D. from Southern Colorado State College, his B.S.C.E. in Engineering from Colorado State and his M.B.A. from Harvard University. His professional experience includes working as as Chief Engineer for CF and I Steel Corporation and owning Abel Engineering Professionals Incorporated.

Committee assignments

Tapia served on the following committee while a member of the Colorado State Senate:


Campaign themes


Tapia's campaign website listed the following issues:[1]

  • Jobs, Business, and Balanced Budgets: "In Colorado’s 3rd district we are fortunate to enjoy famous mountain terrain that helps makes us who we are and who we love to be. People come from around the world to see this place that we call home, but that beautiful terrain is tough on roads, bridges, cell phone coverage, and broadband internet access. The entire nation enjoys visiting the treasures that we have but for those of us who live here, we understand that infrastructure must be maintained so that our small businesses can compete nationally."
  • Water: "I am committed to fighting to protect our water rights and resources. I support a balanced water policy that takes into consideration the multiple users of our water..."
  • 2nd Amendment--Gun Rights: "I support the 2nd Amendment. The right to bear arms is vital to our district which largely shares a rural way of life that depends on the usage of guns as an everyday tool. It is important to educate and train about gun safety so that unfortunate accidents do not occur because guns are a part of life in the third District."
  • Medicare: "Seniors should not be forced to pay hundreds of dollars out of pocket for health coverage just because the Republicans want to turn Medicare into a voucher system. Seniors are already past their most productive earning years so changing the program into a voucher system will be a devastating blow to the vast amount of seniors that live on fixed incomes."
  • Energy: "True energy independence requires responsible development in fossil fuels and renewable energy alike. “Responsible” should mean that we are accountable to our environment, our citizens, and our workers by actually enforcing the laws and standards that our communities have demanded. We must respect the exclusion of certain environmentally sensitive areas from development."


—Abel Tapia's campaign website,



See also: Colorado's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Tapia ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Colorado's 3rd District. Tapia won the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 24, 2014, unopposed.[3] He was defeated by incumbent Scott Tipton (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[4]

U.S. House, Colorado District 3 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott Tipton Incumbent 58% 163,011
     Democratic Abel Tapia 35.7% 100,364
     Independent Tisha Casida 4% 11,294
     Libertarian Travis Mero 2.3% 6,472
Total Votes 281,141
Source: Colorado Secretary of State


See also: Colorado State Senate elections, 2010

Tapia was ineligible to run for re-election in 2010 due to Colorado's term limits.


On November 7, 2006, Tapia was elected to the 3rd District Seat in the Colorado State Senate, running unopposed in the general election.[5]

Tapia raised $51,853 for his campaign.[6]

See The State of Colorado's Cumulative Report on votes[7]

Colorado State Senate, District 3 General election (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Abel J. Tapia (D) 37562

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Tapia's reports.


In 2006, Tapia collected $51,853 in donations.[12]

His two largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Colorado Professional Fire Fighters $4,000
Pueblo Ed Association $1,054


Tapia has three children.

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Preceded by
Colorado State Senate - District 3
Succeeded by
Angela Giron (D)