Laura Bradford

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Laura Bradford
Colorado House of Representatives District 55
Former member
In office
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Date of birthJanuary 9, 1957
Place of birthCrookston, MN
ProfessionFounder, ProSafe Products
Campaign website
Laura Bradford (b. January 9, 1957) is a former Republican member of the Colorado House of Representatives, representing District 55 from 2009 to 2013.


Bradford's professional experience includes founding ProSafe Products in 1987.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Bradford served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Bradford served on these committees:


Bradford did not provide answers to the Colorado State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.[1]

Bradford's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 09-1144 - Mandatory Minimum Child Sex Offense
  • HB 09-1235 - Neighbor Cleanup Good Samaritan Law
  • HB 09-1288 - Colorado Taxpayer Transparency Act

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.



See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2012

Bradford ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Colorado House of Representatives District 54 due to redistricting. She initially filed but does not appear on the official primary candidate list.


See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2010

Bradford ran for re-election to the 55th District seat in 2010. She had no opposition. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.


On November 4, 2008, Bradford won election to the 55th District seat in the Colorado House of Representatives, defeating opponent Bernie Buescher (D).[2]

Bradford raised $68,358 for her campaign, while Buescher raised $270,148.[3]

Colorado State House, District 55 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Laura Bradford (R) 17,996
Bernie Buescher (D) 17,391

Campaign donors


In 2010, Bradford raised $17,575 in contributions.[4]

Her largest contributor was the Copic Insurance Small Donor Committee, which donated $1,000 to her campaign.


Below are Bradford's top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[5]

Contributor 2008 total
CO Assoc of Realtors $4,250
Mesa County Republican Party $4,000
Patriot Solutions LLC $3,729
Mesa County Republican Central Cmte $2,750
CO Republican Party $1,700


Drunk driving

On January 25, 2012, Bradford was pulled over by Denver police after making an illegal turn. After the officer smelled alcohol on her breath, Bradford admitted to police that she had been drinking. Upon administering roadside sobriety tests, the officer called a supervisor to receive advice. Bradford then invoked Article 5, Section 16, of the Colorado Constitution, which states:

"The members of the general assembly shall, in all cases except treason or felony, be privileged from arrest during their attendance at the sessions of their respective houses, or any committees thereof, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any speech or debate in either house, or any committees thereof, they shall not be questioned in any other place."

Bradford was given a traffic ticket and her vehicle was locked up for the night by the officer. She later delivered an apology on the State House floor, saying, "I am not above the law. I am bound to the same laws and standards as every other citizen. I am sorry that my actions have cast a shadow on this House and the entire General Assembly."[6]

Bradford told a TV reporter that she drank about 3.5 glasses of wine in three hours that night.[7]

Party switch possibility

After the incident, Bradford said in early February 2012 that she would consider leaving the Republican Party to become an Independent, in part because an ethics investigation was started in response to the situation from January 25. "I'm frustrated by the lack of the support, not just over the last five days but during last session too," she said.[8]


Bradford and her husband, Linton, have three children.

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Preceded by
Colorado House District 55
Succeeded by
Ray Scott (R)