|Colorado State Senate, District 17|
|2005 - 2013|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Term limits||8 years|
|J.D.||University of Colorado, 2001|
On February 14, 2013, Shaffer was appointed as vice chairman of the Colorado Parole Board by Gov. John Hickenlooper. In June 2013, officials announced that Hickenlooper appointed Shaffer as chairman of the Parole Board.
Shaffer studied Naval Science at the University of California-Berkeley, and earned his B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University in 1993 and his J.D. from the University of Colorado in 2001. His professional experience includes working as an intern for Governor Roy Romer and the Commission on National and Community Service, an attorney, and an English teacher for the YMCA in Yokosuka, Japan.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Shaffer served on the following committees:
- Executive Committee of the Legislative Council, Colorado General Assembly, Chair
- Legislative Council Committee, Colorado General Assembly, Chair
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Shaffer served on the following committees:
- Legislative Council Committee, Colorado General Assembly, Vice Chair
- Executive Committee of the Legislative Council, Colorado General Assembly, Vice Chair
Shaffer's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- Jobs & Economy
- Excerpt: "The economy must be our first priority. Too many Americans have been out of work for too long, waiting for Congress to act. Brandon will bring Colorado Solutions to Washington to rebuild the middle class and get the economy back on track."
- Excerpt: "Brandon’s mother taught in public schools for nearly 20 years, and his wife, Jessicca, teaches at their children’s elementary school in Longmont. Brandon believes that public education is the foundation of a brighter future for our kids and our country."
- Excerpt: "Colorado Solutions means taking a balanced approach. Brandon helped to craft a balanced budget in Colorado every year since he was first elected in 2004. Brandon understands we must work together to fix our nation’s budget problems."
Shaffer's sponsored legislation includes:
- SB 10-001 - Modifications to Public Employees' Retirement Association (PERA) Fund 
- Require that petition drive management companies who hire paid circulators go through a licensing process.
- Circulators would be required to go through a government-sponsored training procedure before they would be allowed to collect signatures legally.
Shaffer announced on July 4, 2011, that he would run in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Colorado's 4th District. He said he ran for the same reason he decided to make a bid for state senate in 2004: because the Colorado he returned to after graduating from college at Stanford University was "a different place than the Colorado [he] grew up in." He also suggested that legislators in Washington had "forgotten why they're out there... that is to work for us." He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 26, 2012. He and Doug Aden (Constitution Party) were defeated by incumbent Cory Gardner (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|U.S. House, Colorado District 4 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Cory Gardner Incumbent||58.4%||199,842|
|Source: Colorado Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
- See also: Colorado State Senate elections, 2008
Shaffer raised $131,551 for his campaign, while Witt raised $28,587.
|Colorado State Senate, District 17 (2008)|
|Brandon Shaffer (D)||43,054|
|Katie Witt (R)||26,544|
|U.S. House, Colorado District 4, 2012 - Brandon Shaffer Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Winner||$2,295,600|
|Total Spent by Election Winner||$1,849,386|
|Top contributors to Brandon Shaffer's campaign committee|
|Service Employees International Union||$10,500|
|Bachus & Schanker||$10,000|
|International Assn of Fire Fighters||$10,000|
|Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers||$10,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Public Sector Unions||$28,000|
|Colorado State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Brandon Shaffer's campaign in 2010|
|Colorado Professional Fire Fighters||$4,000|
|Public Education Cmte||$2,000|
|Colorado Education Association||$1,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$14,025|
In 2008, Shaffer collected $131,551 in donations.
His five largest contributors in 2008 were:
|Democratic Senate Campaign Committee Of New York||$3,648|
|Colorado Association Of Realtors||$4,250|
|Jefferson County Education Association||$4,250|
|Food & Commercial Workers Local 7||$4,250|
|Colorado Education Association||$4,250|
Shaffer and his wife, Jessica, have two children.
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- Sen. Shaffer's personal website
- Office website
- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Project Vote Smart biography of Senator Brandon Shaffer
- Campaign Contributions: 2012, 2010, 2008 2006 2004
- Facebook page
- Brandon Shaffer on LinkedIn
- Denver Post, "Governor appoints former Senate President Brandon Shaffer to Colorado Parole Board," February 14, 2013
- Associated Press, "Shaffer to become Colorado Parole Board chairman," June 12, 2013. Retrieved August 19, 2013
- Campaign website, Issues
- Colorado News Agency, "State pension rescue plan passes Senate; critics say it does too little," Jan 29, 2010
- Speaker Carroll aims to end ballot fraud, March 24, 2009
- The Journal-Advocate (Sterling, CO, "Brandon Shaffer stops in Sterling day after announcing congressional bid," July 7, 2011
- Associated Press, "Unofficial election results," June 26, 2012
- Colorado Secretary of State, " Official 2008 General election results," accessed April 14, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Funds raised by 2008 Senate candidates," accessed April 14, 2014
- Open Secrets, "Brandon Shaffer 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 19, 2013
- 2008 contributions to Brandon Shaffer
|Colorado State Senate - District 17
| Succeeded by|
Matt Jones (D)