Cory Gardner

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Cory Gardner
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U.S. House, Colorado, District 4
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 4
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Colorado House of Representatives
Bachelor'sColorado State University
J.D.University of Colorado
Office website
Campaign website
Cory Gardner is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing Colorado's 4th congressional district. Gardner was first elected to the House in 2010.

Gardner is expected to run for re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Colorado's 4th District. He is seeking the nomination on the Republican ticket. Brandon Shaffer is running as a Democrat.[1] Primary elections were held on June 26, 2012.


Below is an abbreviated outline of Gardner's academic, professional and political career:[2]

  • 1997: Graduated from Colorado State University, Fort Collins with B.A.
  • 2001: Graduated from University of Colorado, Boulder with J.D.
  • 2002-2005: Staff, United States Senator Wayne Allard of Colorado
  • 2005-2010: Colorado House of Representatives
  • 2011-Present: U.S Representative from Colorado

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Gardner serves on the following committees:[3]

  • Energy and Commerce Committee
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Power
    • Subcommittee on Environment and Economy (Energy) (Energy) (Energy) (Energy)
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

Colorado House


Gardner served on the following committees while a member of the Colorado State House:


Colorado House

Gardner's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 09-1146 - Proof Of Citizenship To Register To Vote
  • HB 09-1268 - Decrease Fossil Fuel Consumption
  • HB 09-1288 - Colorado Taxpayer Transparency Act
  • HB 10-1094 - Use of Deadly Force in Place of Business [4]
  • HB 10-1184 - Increased Penalties for Repeat DUI Offenders [5]

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

House Resolution 4899 opposition

Gardner and 38 other Republican Colorado state lawmakers sent a strongly worded letter of opposition to Capitol Hill to thwart a proposal tacked on to House Resolution 4899. The proposal would require state and local governments to participate in collective bargaining with labor groups representing police officers, firefighters, and emergency responders. The letter claimed the proposal would stifle economic recovery in Colorado.

Gardner wrote the letter, addressed to all members of Colorado’s congressional delegation, which characterizes the bill as a "dangerous amendment" to House Resolution 4899 offered by Rep. David Obey, D-Wisconsin.

Citing economic considerations, the letter states that the proposed amendment would cause more harm than good to Colorado’s economy. Gardner says now is not the time to fiddle with the equilibrium currently maintained between labor unions and government.

"Particularly with all of the uncertainty currently surrounding the economy, now is not the time to be making radical changes to the balance between labor unions and local governments," said Gardner. "The amendment that has been attached to this bill will cause further harm to our economy and hinder our economic recovery."

One Democratic lawmaker, Sen. Lois Tochtrop of Thornton, said she wholeheartedly supports the proposal.

“I would support any amendment that would that would help in the process of collective bargaining whether in government, or in the private sector. I do not see any economic harm in allowing employees to have a place at the table,” said Tochtrop.[6][7]


Under a new map approved in 2011, Gardner will no longer represent Larimer County beginning in 2013. “I will work as hard as ever to represent Larimer County through the end of 2012, and I will work as hard as ever in the new district,” Gardner stated.[8]

Larimer County was moved out of the 4th and into the 2nd District. Meanwhile, parts of Douglas, Huerfano, Las Animas, and Otero counties were added to the 4th. The newly configured district gives Republicans a slightly higher advantage.



See also: Colorado's 4th congressional district elections, 2012

Gardner is running for re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Colorado's 4th District. He ran unopposed in the June 26, 2012, Republican primary. He faces incumbent Brandon Shaffer (D) and Doug Aden (Constitution Party) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[9][10]


On November 2, 2010, Gardner won election to the United States House. He defeated Betsy Markey and Doug Aden in the general election.[11]

U.S. House, Colorado District 4 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCory Gardner 53.3% 138,634
     Democratic Betsy Markey Incumbent 42% 109,249
     American Constitution Doug Aden 4.7% 12,312
Total Votes 260,195


On November 4, 2008, Gardner won re-election to the 63rd District seat in the Colorado House of Representatives, running unopposed in the general election.[12]

Gardner raised $50,436 for his campaign.[13]

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Gardner's reports.[14]

Cory Gardner (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]April 14, 2012$737,959.51$282,561.83$(145,633.86)$874,887.48
Pre-Primary[16]June 14, 2012$874,887.48$120,453.03$(112,121.22)$883,219.29
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Gardner's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Gardner won election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Gardner's campaign committee raised a total of $2,426,591 and spent $2,407,602.[17]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:


Below are Gardner's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[18]

Contributor 2008 total
Cory Gardner $6,342
CO Assoc of Realtors $4,250
CO Medical Society $1,400
CO Cable Telecommunications Assoc $500
CO Concern $400


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Gardner paid his congressional staff a total of $750,753 in 2011. He ranks 26th on the list of the lowest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 28th overall of the lowest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Colorado ranks 14th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[19]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Gardner's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-10,987 and $221,999. That averages to $105,506, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[20]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Cory Gardner voted with the Republican Party 94.5% of the time, which ranked 43 among the 242 House Republican members as of 2011.[21]

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Gardner and his wife, Jamie, have one child.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Betsy Markey
U.S. House - Colorado District 4
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Colorado House of Representatives, District 63
June 2005–2011
Succeeded by
Jon Becker