Andrew Romanoff

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Andrew Romanoff
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Colorado, District 6
Speaker, Colorado House of Representatives
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Colorado House of Representatives
Bachelor'sYale University (1989)
Master'sHarvard University (1993)
J.D.University of Denver
BirthdayAugust 24, 1966
Place of birthWashington, D.C.
ProfessionTeacher, Analyst
Campaign website
Andrew Romanoff (b. August 24, 1966, in Washington, D.C.) is a Democratic candidate for the United States House of Representatives in the 2014 elections. He is running in the 6th Congressional District of Colorado. 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.[1]


Romanoff was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Columbus, Ohio.[2] 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.[3]

His political philosophy was shaped by reading A Theory of Justice by liberal Harvard philosopher John Rawls.[4]


  • 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




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

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."[5]

Romanoff made campaign finance and ethics a key issue of his campaign, declining to take Political Action Committee (PAC) money for his Senate campaign. Though as a member of the Colorado legislature, Romanoff took PAC money.[6]


See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Colorado, 2014

Romanoff is running for election to the U.S. House, representing the 6th Congressional District of Colorado. Romanoff won the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 24, 2014, unopposed.[7] Romanoff will face incumbent Mike Coffman (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Romanoff is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Jumpstart program, which is designed to provide early support to top-tier Democratic challengers.[8]

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 is vulnerable to 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.[9] 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.[10] Romanoff made his candidacy official on Feb 1.[11]

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are 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[12]April 15, 2013$0.00$514,477.46$(21,786.07)$492,691.39
July Quarterly[13]July 15, 2013$492,691.39$506,169.24$(80,444.03)$918,416.60
October Quarterly[14]October 15, 2013$918,416.60$524,871.09$(108,787.59)$1,334,500.10
Year-End[15]January 29, 2014$1,334,500$458,943$(123,826)$1,669,617
April Quarterly[16]April 15, 2014$1,669,617$603,520$(174,519)$2,098,619
Pre-Primary[17]June 12, 2014$2,098,619$465,824$(213,442)$2,351,001
July Quarterly[18]July 15, 2014$2,351,001$376,684$(52,263)$2,675,422
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.[19] 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."[20]

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  1. The Denver Post, "Andrew Romanoff to run in Colorado's 6th Congressional District," February 3, 2013
  2. Governing, "2008 Public Officials of the Year - Comity Captain Andrew Romanoff," accessed February 12, 2013
  3. "ABC 7,"Andrew Romanoff establishes residency in Congressional District Six to challenge Rep. Mike Coffman," 2/4/13
  4. "Denver Post", "Romanoff: A serious goody-two-shoes," 4/6/08
  5. "Washington Post", "In Colorado, a former rising star is as welcome as space junk," 4/4/10
  6. "Denver Post", "Romanoff prevails in Dem caucuses," 3/16/10
  7. Colorado Secretary of State, "Primary election results," accessed June 24, 2014
  8. Roll Call;, "Democrats Launch New Program for House Recruits," May 9, 2013
  9. Roll Call, "DCCC Uses Inauguration to Tout Potential House Recruits," January 22, 2013
  10. The Denver Post, "Andrew Romanoff indicates he might challenge Mike Coffman," January 15, 2013
  11. The Denver Post, "Andrew Romanoff to run in Colorado's 6th Congressiional District," February 3, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Andrew Romanoff April Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Andrew Romanoff July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Andrew Romanoff October Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Andrew Romanoff Year-End," accessed February 11, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Andrew Romanoff April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Andrew Romanoff Pre-Primary," accessed June 23, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Andrew Romanoff July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2014
  19. Zach Patton, Governing, "Comity Captain," 2008
  20. Governing, "GOVERNING Announces 2012 Public Officials of the Year," October 19, 2012