|U.S. House, Colorado, District 6|
|Speaker, Colorado House of Representatives|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Colorado House of Representatives|
|Bachelor's||Yale University (1989)|
|Master's||Harvard University (1993)|
|J.D.||University of Denver|
|Birthday||August 24, 1966|
|Place of birth||Washington, D.C.|
Romanoff was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Columbus, Ohio. 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.
Romanoff's political philosophy was shaped by reading A Theory of Justice by liberal Harvard philosopher John Rawls.
- 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
Romanoff has stated his support for the Affordable Care Act. He has declined to state how he feels about the Keystone Pipeline until a delayed State Department review is complete. Romanoff's campaign website lists the following issues:
—Andrew Romanoff's campaign website, http://www.andrewromanoff.com/issues
Colorado's 6th Congressional District is a battleground district in 2014 due to the fact that the seat is currently held by a Republican, but the district has a slight Democratic lean. In the primary, both incumbent Mike Coffman (R) and Andrew Romanoff (D) faced no challenger. Romanoff and Coffman will face off in the general election on November 4, 2014, along with Libertarian Norm Olsen and Green Party candidate Gary Swing.
In May 2014 Howard Dean endorsed Romanoff and spoke at one of Romanoff's campaign fundraising events. 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.
Republican incumbent Mike Coffman's narrow re-election victory in 2012 signaled to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee that Colorado's 6th District is vulnerable to a partisan switch in 2014. As of January 2013, the DCCC was already at work recruiting Democrats to take on incumbents in targeted districts. 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. 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. Romanoff made his candidacy official on Feb 1.
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."
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.” 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.
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. 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. 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.
|Andrew Romanoff (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$0.00||$514,477.46||$(21,786.07)||$492,691.39|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$492,691.39||$506,169.24||$(80,444.03)||$918,416.60|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$918,416.60||$524,871.09||$(108,787.59)||$1,334,500.10|
|Year-End||January 29, 2014||$1,334,500||$458,943||$(123,826)||$1,669,617|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$1,669,617||$603,520||$(174,519)||$2,098,619|
|Pre-Primary||June 12, 2014||$2,098,619||$465,824||$(213,442)||$2,351,001|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2014||$2,351,001||$376,684||$(52,263)||$2,675,422|
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. 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."
- United States House of Representatives
- Colorado's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014
- Colorado's 6th Congressional District
- Official Campaign Website
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- Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Official Website
- Project Vote Smart - Biography of Andrew Romanoff
- The Denver Post, "Andrew Romanoff to run in Colorado's 6th Congressional District," February 3, 2013
- Governing, "2008 Public Officials of the Year - Comity Captain Andrew Romanoff," accessed February 12, 2013
- ABC 7, "Andrew Romanoff establishes residency in Congressional District Six to challenge Rep. Mike Coffman," February 4, 2013
- Denver Post, "Romanoff: A serious goody-two-shoes," April 6, 2008
- "Denver Post","Rep. Mike Coffman, Sen. Marco Rubio press Andrew Romanoff on Obamacare", March 26, 2014
- "Denver Post","Democrat Andrew Romanoff says he’s awaiting results of Keystone XL pipeline review", July 25, 2014
- Campaign website, "Issues," accessed July 30, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Colorado Secretary of State, "Primary election results," accessed June 24, 2014
- Roll Call, "Democrats Launch New Program for House Recruits," May 9, 2013
- Colorado Statesman, "Former prez candidate Dean stumps for Romanoff," May 16, 2014
- Colorado Observer, "Romanoff Under Fire Again for Sidestepping PAC Money Pledge," August 9, 2013
- Roll Call, "DCCC Uses Inauguration to Tout Potential House Recruits," January 22, 2013
- The Denver Post, "Andrew Romanoff indicates he might challenge Mike Coffman," January 15, 2013
- The Denver Post, "Andrew Romanoff to run in Colorado's 6th Congressiional District," February 3, 2013
- Washington Post, "In Colorado, a former rising star is as welcome as space junk," April 4, 2010
- "KDVR","Coffman hits Romanoff on immigration with Ulibarri quote", June 2, 2014
- Denver Post, "Romanoff prevails in Dem caucuses," March 16, 2010
- "Denver Post","Bill Clinton snubs Bennet and endorses Romanoff", June 29, 2010
- "Politico","Obama Endorses Bennet", September 17, 2009
- "Denver Post","D.C. job alleged as attempt to deter Romanoff", September 27, 2009
- "Denver Post","Littwin: Romanoff won't answer why he won't answer", May 30, 2010
- "KWGN","Bennet confirms knowledge of White House contact with Romanoff", June 11, 2010
- Federal Election Commission, "Andrew Romanoff April Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Andrew Romanoff July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Andrew Romanoff October Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Andrew Romanoff Year-End," accessed February 11, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Andrew Romanoff April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Andrew Romanoff Pre-Primary," accessed June 23, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Andrew Romanoff July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2014
- Zach Patton, Governing, "Comity Captain," 2008
- Governing, "GOVERNING Announces 2012 Public Officials of the Year," October 19, 2012
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