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Scott Tipton
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U.S. House, Colorado, District 3
Incumbent
In office
2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJohn Salazar (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$12.01 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next primaryJune 24, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,395,644
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Colorado State House of Representatives
2008-2010
Education
Bachelor'sFort Lewis College
Personal
BirthdayNovember 9, 1956
Place of birthEspanola, New Mexico
Net worth$6,374,535
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Scott Tipton (b. November 9, 1956, in Espanola, New Mexico) is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing Colorado's 3rd Congressional District. Tipton was first elected to the House in 2010.

Tipton was most recently re-elected in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Colorado's 3rd District. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 26, 2012. He then defeated Sal Pace (D), Gregory Gilman (L), Tisha Casida (I), Morgan West (I) and Jaime McMillan (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

Tipton began his political career with an unsuccessful run for U.S. House in 2006. He won election to the Colorado House of Representatives in the following election in 2008. After serving a term in the state house, he was successfully elected to the U.S. House in 2010.

Tipton is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Tipton is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Tipton's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 1978: Graduated from Fort Lewis College with B.A.
  • 2006: Unsuccessful run for U.S. House
  • 2008-2010: Colorado House of Representatives
  • 2011-Present: U.S Representative from Colorado

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Tipton serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

  • Agriculture Committee
    • Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry
  • Natural Resources Committee
    • Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands
    • Subcommittee on Water and Power
  • Small Business Committee
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade, Chair
    • Subcommittee on Healthcare and Technology
    • Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations

Colorado House

2009-2010

Tipton served on the following committees while a member of the Colorado State House:

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] For more information pertaining to Tipton's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Tipton voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[7]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Tipton voted for HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Tipton voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]

Economy

Farm bill

Neutral/Abstain On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, known as the Farm Bill.[10] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[11][12] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[12]Tipton did not vote on the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "No" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[13][14] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and 3 Democrats voting against the bill.[14] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[15] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Tipton joined with the 63 other Republicans and 3 Democrats who voted against the bill.[13][14]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[16] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[17] Tipton voted for the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[18]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[19] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Tipton voted for HR 2775.[20]

Federal Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "Yes" Tipton voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[21]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Tipton voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[22] The vote largely followed party lines.[23]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Tipton voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[24]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Tipton voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[25]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Tipton voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[26]

Redistricting

Under the new state congressional map approved in 2011, Tipton's 3rd District became much more competitive. Under the old map the district had a slight Republican edge.[27]

Colorado House

Tipton's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 09-1144 - Mandatory Minimum Child Sex Offense
  • HB 09-1146 - Proof Of Citizenship To Register To Vote
  • HB 09-1288 - Colorado Taxpayer Transparency Act

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

Campaign themes

2012

Tipton's campaign website listed the following issues:[28]

  • Jobs
Excerpt: "With unemployment in the 3rd Congressional district still near 10 percent, my number one priority in Congress is to help get Coloradans back to work."
  • 2nd Amendment
Excerpt: "As a gun owner and a lifelong member of the NRA, I am committed to ensuring that neither the federal nor state government infringe on the right of law-abiding citizens to bear arms."
  • Water
Excerpt: "We need to protect the 3rd Congressional District’s water from downstream threats, and from instate water grabs. We must also increase our storage capacity by upgrading current structures; some are almost 60 years old. "
  • Tax Policy
Excerpt: "We must not burden the entrepreneurs and job creators with an excessive tax system. In Congress, I introduced legislation to lower the corporate, capital gains and dividends tax rates to help businesses stay competitive in the global market and bring jobs back to Colorado."
  • Social Security
Excerpt: "I am firmly opposed to privatizing Social Security."

Elections

2014

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

Tipton is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election on June 24, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Colorado's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

Tipton won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Colorado's 3rd District. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 26, 2012. He then defeated Sal Pace (D), Gregory Gilman (L), Tisha Casida (I), Morgan West (I) and Jaime McMillan (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[29][30]

U.S. House, Colorado District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Sal Pace 41.1% 142,619
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott Tipton Incumbent 53.4% 185,291
     Libertarian Gregory Gilman 2.4% 8,212
     Independent Tisha Casida 3.2% 11,125
Total Votes 347,247
Source: Colorado Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


2008

On November 4, 2008, Tipton won election to the 58th District seat in the Colorado House of Representatives, defeating opponent Noelle Hagan (D).[32]

Tipton raised $97,877 for his campaign, while Hagan raised $54,271.[33]

Colorado State House, District 58 (2008)
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Scott Tipton (R) 22,623
Noelle Hagan (D) 15,847

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Tipton is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Tipton raised a total of $4,395,644 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[34]

Scott Tipton's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Colorado, District 3) Won $2,342,228
2010 US House (Colorado, District 3) Won $1,232,113
2006 US House (Colorado, District 3) Won $821,303
Grand Total Raised $4,395,644

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Tipton's reports.[35]

Scott Tipton (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[36]April 15, 2013$136,546.31$134,162.65$(59,509.85)$211,199.11
July Quarterly[37]July 15, 2013$211,199.11$232,402.00$(47,985.24)$395,615.87
October Quarterly[38]October 15, 2013$395,615.87$158,997.00$(72,382.37)$482,230.50
Year-End[39]January 16, 2014$482,230$133,947$(54,170)$562,007
April Quarterly[40]April 15, 2014$562,007$201,433$(49,169)$714,271
Running totals
$860,941.65$(283,216.46)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Tipton's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Tipton won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Tipton's campaign committee raised a total of $2,342,228 and spent $2,225,170.[41] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[42]

Cost per vote

Tipton spent $12.01 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Tipton's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Tipton won election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Tipton's campaign committee raised a total of $1,232,113 and spent $1,207,832.[43]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House, Colorado District 3, 2010 - Scott Tipton Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,232,113
Total Spent $1,207,832
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $2,067,198
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $2,474,562
Top contributors to Scott Tipton's campaign committee
Moss Inc$12,500
Bartlit, Beck et al$10,599
Associated Builders & Contractors$10,250
Eaton Metal Products$9,600
Gmco Corp$9,600
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Retired$156,583
Leadership PACs$79,300
Real Estate$66,624
Oil & Gas$54,150
Misc Finance$43,250

2008

Below are Tipton's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[44]

Contributor 2008 total
Montrose County Republican Central Cmte $2,000
Copic Insurance $1,000
CO Assoc of Realtors $1,000
Montezuma County Republican Central Cmte $750
Scott Tipton $598

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Tipton is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of June 2013.[45]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[46]

Tipton most often votes with:

Tipton least often votes with:

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Tipton paid his congressional staff a total of $955,307 in 2011. He ranked 35th on the list of the highest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranked 207th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Colorado ranked 14th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[47]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Tipton is one of nearly 25% of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Tipton's staff was given an apparent $3,932.75 in bonus money.[48]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Tipton's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $2,864,070 and $9,885,000. That averages to $6,374,535, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Tipton ranked as the 57th most wealthy representative in 2012.[49]

Scott Tipton Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net WorthAvg. Citizen Net Worth
2012$6,374,535$71,000

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Tipton ranked 139th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[50]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Tipton ranked 50th in the conservative rankings.[51]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Tipton has voted with the Republican Party 98.2% of the time, which ranked 50th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[52]

Personal

Tipton and his wife, Jean, have two children.

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See also

External links

References

  1. Associated Press, "Unofficial election results," June 26, 2012
  2. Politico, "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  3. Biographical Director of the United States Congress, "Scott Tipton," accessed November 1, 2011
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 NY Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 CNN.com "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. Roll Call, "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  18. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  20. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  22. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  25. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  26. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  27. Denver Post, "Dems' victory in redistricting battle means more competitive congressional races in Colorado," December 6, 2011
  28. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed August 10, 2012
  29. Associated Press, "Unofficial election results," June 26, 2012
  30. Politico, "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. Colorado Elections Division, "2008 general election results," November 4, 2008
  33. Follow the Money, "Colorado House spending," accessed November 2, 2009
  34. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Scott Tipton," accessed March 22, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Scott Tipton Summary Report," accessed July 23, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Scott Tipton April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Scott Tipton July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Scott Tipton October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Scott Tipton Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Scott Tipton April Quarterly," accessed April 20, 2014
  41. Open Secrets, "Scott Tipton 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 19, 2013
  42. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  43. Open Secrets, "Scott Tipton 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 1, 2011
  44. Follow the Money, "2008 Campaign contributions," accessed November 2, 2009
  45. GovTrack, "Scott Tipton," accessed June 7 2013
  46. OpenCongress, "Scott Tipton," accessed July 30, 2013
  47. LegiStorm, "Scott Tipton," accessed August 21, 2012
  48. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  49. OpenSecrets, "Scott Tipton (R-Colo), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  50. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  51. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  52. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
John Salazar
U.S. House - Colorado District 3
2011-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Colorado House District 58
2009–2011
Succeeded by
Don Coram