Abel Tapia

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Abel Tapia
Candidate for
U.S. House, Colorado, District 3
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Colorado State Senate District 3
Colorado House of Representatives
Bachelor'sColorado State
Associate'sSouthern Colorado State College
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Campaign website
Abel Tapia (b. July 23, 1949) is a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 3rd Congressional District of Colorado.

Tapia was a Democratic member of the Colorado State Senate from 2003 to 2011. He represented the 3rd District.


Tapia was Member/President of the Pueblo School Board from 1993 to 1997. He served in the Colorado State House of Representatives from 1998 to 2002.

Tapia earned his AAD from Southern Colorado State College. He went on to receive his BSCE in Engineering from Colorado State. He then attended the Graduate School of Business and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Tapia worked as Chief Engineer for CF and I Steel Corporation. He has been owner of Abel Engineering Professionals Incorporated since 1985.

Committee assignments

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



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

Tapia is running 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.[1] He will face incumbent Scott Tipton (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.


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.[2]

Tapia raised $51,853 for his campaign.[3]

See The State of Colorado's Cumulative Report on votes[4]

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

Abel Tapia (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[5]April 15, 2014$0$39,644$(246)$39,397
Pre-Primary[6]June 12, 2014$39,397$67,264$(32,683)$73,978
July Quarterly[7]July 15, 2014$73,978$34,996$(16,804)$92,170
Running totals


In 2006, Tapia collected $51,853 in donations.[8]

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