Andrew Romanoff

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Andrew Romanoff
Andrew Romanoff.jpg
Former candidate for
U.S. House, Colorado, District 6
Speaker, Colorado House of Representatives
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Colorado House of Representatives
Bachelor'sYale University (1989)
Master'sHarvard University (1993)
J.D.University of Denver
Date of birthAugust 24, 1966
Place of birthWashington, D.C.
ProfessionTeacher, Analyst
Campaign website
Andrew Romanoff campaign logo
Andrew Romanoff (b. August 24, 1966, in Washington, D.C.) was a Democratic candidate for the United States House of Representatives in the 2014 elections. He ran in the 6th Congressional District of Colorado. Romanoff was defeated by incumbent Mike Coffman (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014. Colorado's 6th Congressional District was a battleground in 2014.[1]

Romanoff is a former member of the Colorado House of Representatives, serving four terms from 2000-2008, including two terms as Speaker of the House.[2]


Romanoff was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Columbus, Ohio.[3] He graduated with a B.A. from Yale University in 1989, and an M.P.P. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1993. He also holds a law degree from the University of Denver.

He currently resides in Aurora, Colorado, where he moved in 2013 in order to establish residency for his 2014 election bid. He previously served as an instructor at the Community College of Aurora.[4]

Romanoff's political philosophy was shaped by reading A Theory of Justice by liberal Harvard philosopher John Rawls.[5]


  • 2010: Ran unsuccessfully for United States Senate
  • 2005-2009: Speaker of the House, Colorado State House of Representatives
  • 2003-2004: Minority Leader, State House
  • 2000-2008: Representative, Colorado State House of Representatives
  • 1997-1998: Policy Analyst, Former Governor of Colorado Roy Romer
  • 1993-1997: Senior Associate, Greenberg Baron Simon and Miller Incorporated


Campaign themes


Romanoff stated his support for the Affordable Care Act.[6] He declined to state how he feels about the Keystone Pipeline until a delayed State Department review is complete.[7] Romanoff's campaign website listed the following issues:[8]

  • Defending Our Nation: "Our federal government’s most important obligation is to defend our nation and protect its citizens from harm. Our national security demands a fighting force that is well trained and well equipped, a unified intelligence community, and strong relationships with our global allies."
  • Honoring Our Veterans: "From the days of the American Revolution to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, our nation has relied on the courage and sacrifice of our Armed Forces. America’s heroes merit our respect and support not only during their military service but also upon their return to civilian life."
  • Growing Our Economy: "Growing our economy is one of America’s most urgent priorities. We need leaders in Washington who value our jobs – not simply their own. In Colorado, I fought to strengthen the middle class, modernize our aging infrastructure, and train our workforce to compete around the world."
  • Restoring Fiscal Responsibility: "The House I led balanced the budget every year. During my tenure as Speaker, we finished our work ahead of schedule, all four years in a row. Congress, in contrast, careens from one self-inflicted crisis to the next, lurching from showdown to shutdown. This is no way to run a government."
  • Creating World-Class Schools: "Our children deserve a world-class system of public education. The productivity of our workforce and the vitality of our democracy depend on it. That’s why we need to expand access to early childhood education, recruit and retain top-flight teachers, and make our colleges and universities more affordable."


—Andrew Romanoff's campaign website,



See also: Colorado's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

Colorado's 6th Congressional District was a battleground district in 2014 due to the fact that the seat was held by a Republican, but the district had a slight Democratic lean. In the primary, both incumbent Mike Coffman (R) and Andrew Romanoff (D) faced no challenger. Coffman triumphed over Romanoff, Libertarian Norm Olsen and Green Party candidate Gary Swing in the general election on November 4, 2014.[10][1]

Romanoff was a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Jumpstart program, which was designed to provide early support to top-tier Democratic challengers.[11]

In May 2014 Howard Dean endorsed Romanoff and spoke at one of Romanoff's campaign fundraising events.[12] Despite promising to not accept contributions from political action committees and special interests, the Colorado Observer reported in August 2013 that Romanoff received a plurality of his fundraising from the legal industry, as well as donations from other lobbyists and Super PAC "bundlers," including ACT Blue, a Massachusetts PAC that aggregates online donations.[13]

U.S. House, Colorado District 6 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Coffman Incumbent 51.9% 143,467
     Democratic Andrew Romanoff 43% 118,847
     Libertarian Norm Olsen 3.1% 8,623
     Green Gary Swing 2% 5,503
Total Votes 276,440
Source: Colorado Secretary of State

Race background

Republican incumbent Mike Coffman's narrow re-election victory in 2012 signaled to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee that Colorado's 6th District was vulnerable to a partisan switch in 2014. According to a Roll Call report released on Jan. 22, the DCCC capitalized on the elite guest lists at events surrounding the presidential inauguration to vet potential candidates in three promising congressional districts, including Romanoff, who had already been considering a bid for the 6th District seat.[14] The 6th District became significantly more hospitable to Democratic candidates after 2011, when it was redrawn to include nearly as many Democratic and unaffiliated voters as Republican voters.[15] Romanoff made his candidacy official on Feb 1.[16]


In 2010, Romanoff ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. He was defeated by Michael Bennet.

The Washington Post reported that "Many Democrats here and in Washington think Romanoff decided to challenge Bennet purely out of pique, resentful that Gov. Bill Ritter (D) did not appoint him to the Senate seat left vacant when Obama named former senator Ken Salazar interior secretary."[17]

In 2010, Romanoff was criticized in a Denver Post op-ed by members of the Colorado Latino Forum for his support of legislation as Colorado Speaker of the House affecting immigrants, including one law that “denied basic government services to individuals who couldn’t immediately prove they were legal residents.”[18] Romanoff made campaign finance and ethics a key issue of his campaign, declining to take Political Action Committee (PAC) money for his Senate campaign. However, as a member of the Colorado Legislature, Romanoff took PAC money.[19]

Romanoff was endorsed by Bill Clinton. Barack Obama endorsed opponent Bennett shortly after Romanoff announced his candidacy.[20][21]

Race background

On September 27, 2009, Michael Riley of the Denver Post reported that Romanoff was offered a position in the Obama Administration in exchange for not running for U.S. Senate against Michael Bennet.[22] According to Riley, Jim Messina, deputy Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama, made a phone call to Romanoff offering him various positions in the Obama Administration, which included a position at the United States Agency for International Development. Romanoff turned down the offer.[23] Romanoff issued a statement on June 2, 2010, in which he confirmed that he was contacted by Messina on September 11, 2009 and was told that President Obama was going to support Bennet in the Democratic Party primary. Romanoff told Messina that he would be running anyway and Romanoff states, as reported by the Washington Post that Messina "suggested three positions that might be available to me were I not pursuing the Senate race. He added that he could not guarantee my appointment to any of these positions." On June 10, 2010, KDVR reported that Bennet said he had known about the White House's offer to Romanoff.[24]

Campaign donors


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

Andrew Romanoff (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[25]April 15, 2013$0.00$514,477.46$(21,786.07)$492,691.39
July Quarterly[26]July 15, 2013$492,691.39$506,169.24$(80,444.03)$918,416.60
October Quarterly[27]October 15, 2013$918,416.60$524,871.09$(108,787.59)$1,334,500.10
Year-End[28]January 29, 2014$1,334,500$458,943$(123,826)$1,669,617
April Quarterly[29]April 15, 2014$1,669,617$603,520$(174,519)$2,098,619
Pre-Primary[30]June 12, 2014$2,098,619$465,824$(213,442)$2,351,001
July Quarterly[31]July 15, 2014$2,351,001$376,684$(52,263)$2,675,422
October Quarterly[32]October 15, 2014$2,675,422$1,088,251$(3,092,283)$671,391
Pre-General[33]October 23, 2014$671,391$238,892$(783,791)$126,491
Running totals


In 2008, Governing magazine named Romanoff as one of eight "Public Officials of the Year" for his bipartisan approach as speaker in addressing Colorado's budget problems.[34] Other honorees included Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. Each year since 1994, Governing has selected a handful of state and local officials to honor for standout job performance. The Public Officials of the Year program "recognizes leaders from state, city and county government who exemplify the ideals of public service."[35]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 The Huffington Post, "Election 2014," November 4, 2014
  2. The Denver Post, "Andrew Romanoff to run in Colorado's 6th Congressional District," February 3, 2013
  3. Governing, "2008 Public Officials of the Year - Comity Captain Andrew Romanoff," accessed February 12, 2013
  4. ABC 7, "Andrew Romanoff establishes residency in Congressional District Six to challenge Rep. Mike Coffman," February 4, 2013
  5. Denver Post, "Romanoff: A serious goody-two-shoes," April 6, 2008
  6. "Denver Post","Rep. Mike Coffman, Sen. Marco Rubio press Andrew Romanoff on Obamacare", March 26, 2014
  7. "Denver Post","Democrat Andrew Romanoff says he’s awaiting results of Keystone XL pipeline review", July 25, 2014
  8. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed July 30, 2014
  9. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  10. Colorado Secretary of State, "Primary election results," accessed June 24, 2014
  11. Roll Call, "Democrats Launch New Program for House Recruits," May 9, 2013
  12. Colorado Statesman, "Former prez candidate Dean stumps for Romanoff," May 16, 2014
  13. Colorado Observer, "Romanoff Under Fire Again for Sidestepping PAC Money Pledge," August 9, 2013
  14. Roll Call, "DCCC Uses Inauguration to Tout Potential House Recruits," January 22, 2013
  15. The Denver Post, "Andrew Romanoff indicates he might challenge Mike Coffman," January 15, 2013
  16. The Denver Post, "Andrew Romanoff to run in Colorado's 6th Congressiional District," February 3, 2013
  17. Washington Post, "In Colorado, a former rising star is as welcome as space junk," April 4, 2010
  18. "KDVR","Coffman hits Romanoff on immigration with Ulibarri quote", June 2, 2014
  19. Denver Post, "Romanoff prevails in Dem caucuses," March 16, 2010
  20. "Denver Post","Bill Clinton snubs Bennet and endorses Romanoff", June 29, 2010
  21. "Politico","Obama Endorses Bennet", September 17, 2009
  22. "Denver Post","D.C. job alleged as attempt to deter Romanoff", September 27, 2009
  23. "Denver Post","Littwin: Romanoff won't answer why he won't answer", May 30, 2010
  24. "KWGN","Bennet confirms knowledge of White House contact with Romanoff", June 11, 2010
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Andrew Romanoff April Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Andrew Romanoff July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Andrew Romanoff October Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Andrew Romanoff Year-End," accessed February 11, 2014
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Andrew Romanoff April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Andrew Romanoff Pre-Primary," accessed June 23, 2014
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Andrew Romanoff July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2014
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Andrew Romanoff October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Andrew Romanoff Pre-General," accessed November 24, 2014
  34. Zach Patton, Governing, "Comity Captain," 2008
  35. Governing, "GOVERNING Announces 2012 Public Officials of the Year," October 19, 2012