Mark Waller

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Mark Waller
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Colorado House of Representatives District 15
Incumbent
In office
2009-Present
Term ends
January 14, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Minority Leader, Colorado House of Representatives
2013
Assistant Majority Leader, Colorado State House of Representatives
2010-2012
Compensation
Base salary$30,000/year
Per diem$45/day in Denver area, $183/day outside
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
Education
Bachelor'sSouthern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 1992
Master'sUniversity of North Dakota, 1998
J.D.University of Denver, College of Law, 2003
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Air Force
Personal
Place of birthMacomb, IL
ProfessionPrivate Attorney
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Mark Waller is a Republican member of the Colorado House of Representatives, representing District 15. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

He served as Minority Leader in 2013 and Assistant Majority Leader from 2010 to 2012.

Biography

Waller earned his B.S. in Political Science from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 1992, his M.S. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota in 1998 and his J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law in 2003. His professional experience includes working as Deputy District Attorney for the 10th Judicial District of Pueblo Colorado, Reservist for the legal office of 21st Space Wing, Peterson AFB, Space Systems Operator for Schriever AFB and a private attorney. Waller served as an officer in the United States Air Force.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Waller served on the following committees:

Colorado Committee Assignments, 2013
Executive
Legislative Council

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Waller served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Waller served on these committees:

Issues

Training judges in business

Lat in the 2011 session, lawmakers in the House Judiciary Committee an effort to train judges on business matters. The proposed program will be funded with excess fees collected by the Secretary of State’s Office from Colorado businesses.

House Bill 1302, by Rep. Waller authorizes the Secretary of State’s Office to spend $500,000 to administer the program, designed and delivered by the judiciary branch, to train judges in handling business issues.

Waller said the bill concentrates on efficiency that would benefit all who are a party to litigation involving business matters.

“It’s a win-win for everyone involved,” said Waller. “It enables the judiciary to more effectively deal with these cases and deal with other issues that they also deal with.”

Some members were concerned with the bill having a nexus to the secretary of state, suggesting that it should reside wholly within the judiciary branch.

“It feels messy to have two separate branches of government working on the same thing,” said Rep. Su Ryden.

Rep. Daniel Kagan voted in favor of the bill but expressed concern as well over the secretary of state’s involvement in the program.

“What the secretary of state giveth the secretary of state can take away,” said Kagan. “Having a politically controlled office funding the program is probably not a good idea.”[1]

Waller's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 09-1098 - Streamline Clean Coal PUC Envtl Req
  • HB 09-1132 - Using Text Messaging For Unlawful Acts
  • HB 09-1212 - Temp Inc Tax Credit For New Home Buyers

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Mark Waller endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [2]

Political courage tests

Waller 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.[3]

Elections

2014

See also: Colorado attorney general election, 2014

Waller briefly sought the Republican nomination for the open seat of Colorado Attorney General in 2014. He withdrew from the race in April 2014 after Republican delegates voted overwhelmingly in favor of Waller's would-be GOP primary opponent, Deputy Attorney General Cynthia Coffman. "Staying in wouldn’t be the right thing to do moving forward," Waller said upon exiting the race, citing GOP solidarity and its control over the attorney general's office as his foremost concerns.[4][5][6]

2012

See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2012

Waller won re-election in the 2012 election for Colorado House of Representatives District 15. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 26, 2012. He defeated Michael Edstrom (C) and Larry Reedy (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[7]

Colorado House of Representatives, District 15, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Waller Incumbent 72.4% 20,900
     Libertarian Larry Reedy 16.1% 4,654
     American Constitution Party Michael Edstrom 11.5% 3,322
Total Votes 28,876

2010

See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2010

Waller ran for re-election to the 15th District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the August 10 primary. Waller defeated Marcus Troy Cimino (D) in the November 2 general election.

Colorado House of Representatives, District 15 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mark Waller (R) 20,068
Marcus Troy Cimino (D) 6,813

2008

On November 4, 2008, Waller won election to the 15th District seat in the Colorado House of Representatives, defeating opponent Michelle L. Maksimowicz (D).[8]

Waller raised $50,833 for his campaign, while Maksimowicz raised $5,373.[9]

Colorado State House, District 15 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mark Waller (R) 24,804
Michelle L. Maksimowicz (D) 12,521

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Waller is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Waller raised a total of $98,895 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 27, 2013.[10]

Mark Waller's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Colorado State House, District 15 Won $28,775
2010 Colorado State House, District 15 Won $19,287
2008 Colorado State House, District 15 Won $50,833
Grand Total Raised $98,895

2012

Waller won re-election to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Waller raised a total of $28,775.
Colorado House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mark Waller's campaign in 2012
Copic Insurance$4,400
National Association Of Commercial & Office Properties$1,400
Colorado Association Of Realtors$700
Colorado Apartment Association$500
Colorado Ski Country USA$400
Total Raised in 2012$28,775
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Waller won re-election to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Waller raised a total of $19,287.

2008

Waller won election to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Waller raised a total of $50,833.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Colorado

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2014

In 2014, the 69th Colorado General Assembly was in session from January 8 to May 7.[11]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills ACLU of Colorado "felt were the best representations of the civil liberties issues facing Colorado today."
Legislators are scored on their stances on animal protection issues.
Legislators are scored on their stances on "women's priorities in the state of Colorado."

2013

In 2013, the 69th Colorado General Assembly was in session from January 9 to May 9.[12]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills ACLU of Colorado "felt were the best representations of the civil liberties issues facing Colorado today."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by ACS CAN.
Legislators are scored on their stances on animal protection issues.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to environmental conservation.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills defined by LT as related to "principles of good governance."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "support of reproductive health."
Legislators are scored on their stances on "women's priorities in the state of Colorado."

Personal

Waller and his wife, Jennifer have two children.

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Colorado House District 15
2009–present
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