|Colorado House of Representatives District 55|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Term limits||Four consecutive terms|
|Birthday||January 9, 1957|
|Place of birth||Crookston, MN|
|Profession||Founder, ProSafe Products|
Bradford founded ProSafe Products in 1987.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Bradford served on these committees:
- Health and Environment Committee, Colorado House of Representatives
- Local Government Committee, Colorado House of Representatives, Chair
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Bradford served on these committees:
- Business Affairs and Labor Committee
- Business Affairs and Labor
- Local Government Committee
- Local Government
Bradford did not provide answers to the Colorado State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.
Bradford's sponsored legislation includes:
- HB 09-1144 - Mandatory Minimum Child Sex Offense
- HB 09-1235 - Neighbor Cleanup Good Samaritan Law
- HB 09-1288 - Colorado Taxpayer Transparency Act
For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.
On January 25, 2012, Bradford was pulled over by Denver police after making an illegal turn. After the officer smelled alcohol on her breath, Bradford admitted to police that she had been drinking. Upon administering roadside sobriety tests, the officer called a supervisor to receive advice. Bradford then invoked Article 5, Section 16, of the Colorado Constitution, which states:
"The members of the general assembly shall, in all cases except treason or felony, be privileged from arrest during their attendance at the sessions of their respective houses, or any committees thereof, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any speech or debate in either house, or any committees thereof, they shall not be questioned in any other place."
Bradford was given a traffic ticket and her vehicle was locked up for the night by the officer. She later delivered an apology on the State House floor, saying, "I am not above the law. I am bound to the same laws and standards as every other citizen. I am sorry that my actions have cast a shadow on this House and the entire General Assembly."
Bradford told a TV reporter that she drank about 3.5 glasses of wine in three hours that night.
Party switch possibility
After the incident, Bradford said in early February 2012 that she would consider leaving the Republican Party to become an Independent, in part because an ethics investigation was started in response to the situation from January 25. "I'm frustrated by the lack of the support, not just over the last five days but during last session too," she said.
Bradford ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Colorado House of Representatives District 54 due to redistricting. She initially filed but does not appear on the official primary candidate list.
Bradford ran for re-election to the 55th District seat in 2010. She had no opposition. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.
Bradford raised $68,358 for her campaign, while Buescher raised $270,148.
|Colorado State House, District 55 (2008)|
|Laura Bradford (R)||17,996|
|Bernie Buescher (D)||17,391|
In 2010, Bradford raised $17,575 in contributions.
Her largest contributor was the Copic Insurance Small Donor Committee, which donated $1,000 to her campaign.
Below are Bradford's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:
|CO Assoc of Realtors||$4,250|
|Mesa County Republican Party||$4,000|
|Patriot Solutions LLC||$3,729|
|Mesa County Republican Central Cmte||$2,750|
|CO Republican Party||$1,700|
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Bradford and her husband Linton have three children.
- Laura Bradford's personal website
- Colorado House of Representatives - Rep. Laura Bradford
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Project Vote Smart bio
- Campaign Contributions: 2010, 2008
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Bradford Issue Positions
- Denver Post "Rep. Bradford apologizes to Colorado House for immunity controversy" January 31, 2012
- ABC 7 "Rep. Bradford Says She Drank 3 Glasses Of Wine In 3.5 Hours," February 1, 2012
- Denver Post "Colorado GOP lawmaker Bradford says she might leave party," February 1, 2012
- Colorado Secretary of State, - 2012 Primary Candidate List
- 2008 general election results, Colorado
- Colorado House spending, 2008
- followthemoney.org, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
- Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
|Colorado House District 55
| Succeeded by|
Ray Scott (R)