Betsy Markey

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
The information about this individual is current as of when his or her last campaign ended. See anything that needs updating? Send a correction to our editors
Betsy Markey
Rep Betsy Markey Portrait.JPG
Former candidate for
Colorado Treasurer
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House, Colorado, District 4
Bachelor'sUniversity of Florida (1978)
Master'sAmerican University (1983)
OtherColorado Institute for Leadership Training (2002)
Date of birthApril 27, 1956
Place of birthCresskill, New Jersey
Office website
Campaign website
Betsy Markey (b. April 27, 1956, in Cresskill, New Jersey) was a Democratic candidate for Colorado Treasurer in the 2014 elections.[1] Betsy Markey lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Markey is a former Democratic member of the U.S. House representing the 4th Congressional District of Colorado, serving from 2009 to 2011.[2]


Markey was born in Cresskill, New Jersey. She attended the University of Florida for her undergraduate studies, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science. She returned to school for her Master of Public Administration from American University.[2]

In 2002, Markey further expanded her education by attending the Colorado Institute for Leadership Training.

Markey's professional experience includes working in a number of management roles in the private sector as well as two years of experience as the Northern/Eastern Regional Director for the U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar, from 2005-2007.[2] Among her private industry credentials, Markey is the co-founder, CEO and CFO of Syscom Services, Incorporated and owned and operated a HuckleBerry's. In addition, she has served as Director of Computer Security Policy and Training in the United States Department of State's Office of Information Systems Security.[2]


  • Bachelor of Science in Political Science - University of Florida (1978)
  • Master of Public Administration - American University (1983)
  • Attended - Colorado Institute for Leadership Training (2002)

Political career

U.S. House of Representatives (2009-2011)

Markey was a representative in the United States House of Representatives from the 4th Congressional District of Colorado, elected to a single term in November 2008.[2] She took office on January 3, 2009 and served until January 3, 2011.


Voting Record

Frequency of Voting with Democratic Leadership

According to a July 2010 analysis of 1,357 votes cast from January 1, 2009 to June 16, 2010, Markey has voted with the House Democratic leadership 95.2 percent of the time.[3] That same analysis reported that she also voted with party leadership 93.8 percent of the time in 2010.

Washington Post Analysis

A separate analysis from The Washington Post, concluded that, while serving in the 111th Congress, Markey voted 98 percent of the time with a majority of Democrats in the U.S. House.[4]

Specific Votes

Rep. Markey voted for TARP.[5] According to a Gallup poll from September 13, 2010, 61 percent of Americans disapproved of TARP, while 37 percent approved.[6]

Markey also supported the auto bailout.[7] As of September 13, 2010, 56 percent of Americans disapproved of the auto bailout, while 43 percent supported it.[8]

In addition, Rep. Markey voted for the stimulus bill.[9] Fifty-seven percent of U.S. voters believed that the stimulus had either hurt the economy (36 percent) or had no impact (21 percent). Thirty-eight percent believed the stimulus helped the economy.[10]

Markey also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[11] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54 percent of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35 percent supported it.[12]

Markey supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[13] Just after the bill’s passage, 42 percent of likely U.S. voters said that cap and trade would hurt the economy, while 19 percent believed that it would help. Another 15 percent said that the bill would have no impact.[14]

Finally, Markey voted in favor of the health care reform bill.[15] Fifty-seven percent of likely voters at least somewhat favored repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46 percent who strongly favored repeal. Thirty-five percent of likely voters opposed repeal. Fifty-one percent of likely voters believed the health care reform bill would be bad for the country, while 36 percent believed it would be beneficial.[16]



See also: Colorado down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Markey ran for election as Colorado Treasurer. Markey was uncontested in the June 24 Democratic primary and faced Republican incumbent Walker Stapleton in the general election on November 4, 2014. Libertarian David Jurist was also on the ballot.[17]


Treasurer of Colorado, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWalker Stapleton Incumbent 49.9% 979,281
     Democratic Betsy Markey 44.9% 882,437
     Libertarian David Jurist 5.2% 101,826
Total Votes 1,963,544
Election Results via Colorado Secretary of State.

Recent news

Know more information about this profile?
Submit a bio

This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Betsy + Markey + Colorado + Treasurer"

All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

Betsy Markey News Feed

  • Loading...

See also

External links


Political offices
Preceded by
Marilyn Musgrave (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Colorado, District 4
Succeeded by
Cory Gardner (R)