|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|
Shaffer studied Naval Science at the University of California-Berkeley. He earned his BA in Political Science from Stanford University in 1993. He went on to receive his JD from the University of Colorado in 2001.
Shaffer was an Intern for Governor Roy Romer. He has also worked as an Intern for the Commission on National and Community Service. He has worked as an attorney and also served in the United States Navy from 1993 to 1997. He then worked as an English Teacher for Yokosuka Young Men's Christian Association in Japan in 1997.
On July 4, 2011, Shaffer announced he would run for U.S. Representative from Colorado's 4th congressional district in the November 2012 general election. He lost to incumbent Cory Gardner on November 6, 2012.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Shaffer served on these 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 these committees:
- Legislative Council Committee, Colorado General Assembly, Vice-Chair
- Executive Committee of the Legislative Council, Colorado General Assembly, Vice Chair
Shaffer's sponsored legislation includes:
- SB 10-001 - Modifications to Public Employees' Retirement Association (PERA) Fund 
Shaffer's campaign website listed the following issues:
- 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 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 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 June 26, 2012, Democratic primary. He faced incumbent Cory Gardner (R) and Doug Aden (Constitution Party) in the general election on November 6, 2012, and lost.
|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"|
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|
- 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 and his wife, Jessica, have two children.
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- Civil Unions In Colorado Recognized At Midnight - Huffington Post
- Judicial Center embodies Ralph Carr's ideals - The Colorado Statesman
- 2013 Governor's Awards for Historic Preservation Ceremony at the Capitol ... - Wall Street Journal (press release)
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- Campaign website
- Sen. Shaffer's personal website
- Official Colorado State Senate website of Senator Brandon Schaffer
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Project Vote Smart biography of Senator Brandon Shaffer
- Campaign Contributions: 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
- ↑ Politico "2012 House Race Results"
- ↑ Colorado News Agency, "State pension rescue plan passes Senate; critics say it does too little," Jan 29, 2010
- ↑ Campaign website, Issues
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 The Journal-Advocate (Sterling, CO, "Brandon Shaffer stops in Sterling day after announcing congressional bid," July 7, 2011.
- ↑ Colorado Secretary of State, - 2012 Primary Candidate List
- ↑ Associated Press - Unofficial election results
- ↑ 2008 election results, Colorado
- ↑ Colorado Senate spending, 2008
- ↑ Open Secrets "Brandon Shaffer 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 19, 2013
- ↑ 2008 contributions to Brandon Shaffer
- ↑ Speaker Carroll aims to end ballot fraud, March 24, 2009
|Colorado State Senate - District 17
| Succeeded by|
Matt Jones (D)