Cory Gardner

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Cory Gardner
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U.S. House, Colorado, District 4
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 4
PredecessorBetsy Markey (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,722,190
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Colorado House of Representatives
Bachelor'sColorado State University
J.D.University of Colorado
Net worth$107,507
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 was re-elected in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Colorado's 4th District.[1] Primary elections were held on June 26, 2012 and the general election took place on November 6, 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 Communications and Technology
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Power
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations


Gardner served on the following committees:[4]

  • Energy and Commerce Committee
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Power
    • Subcommittee on Environment and Economy
    • 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 [5]
  • HB 10-1184 - Increased Penalties for Repeat DUI Offenders [6]

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.[7][8]


Under a new map approved in 2011, Gardner no longer represents Larimer County as of 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.[9]

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.

Campaign themes


Gardner's campaign website listed the following issues:[10]

  • Jobs and the Economy
Excerpt: "We’ve got to get this country moving again, and the best way to accomplish that is to get government out of the way. Private businesses generate wealth, not the government. By cutting government and cutting spending, we will allow the marketplace to do its job. "
  • Fiscal Responsibility
Excerpt: "Our nation is facing historic debt and high unemployment. Washington’s spending spree has to stop. An important step towards regaining the trust of the American people starts by placing this nation on a path to a balanced federal budget. Immediately after being sworn-in, I formally added my name as a co-sponsor of the Balanced Budget Amendment."
  • Energy
Excerpt: "Energy development at home is the key to powering our nation’s future. Not only is energy independence essential to our national security, but it will help create jobs for American workers. I have always advocated for an “all of the above” approach to energy. That includes development of traditional energy resources, renewable resources and even nuclear power."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "Despite being ruled constitutional, the President’s health care bill still makes it difficult for our economy to grow and takes away the ability of patients to pursue their own health care decisions. The real issue, however, is not whether the law is constitutional or unconstitutional. It is whether it is good or bad for the country. "
  • Education
Excerpt: "The importance of education cannot be understated. Schools need the resources to be successful, but let’s not also forget that results matter. "

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Gardner voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[11]



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

Gardner ran 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 faced incumbent Brandon Shaffer (D) and Doug Aden (Constitution Party) in the general election on November 6, 2012, and won.[12][13]

U.S. House, Colorado District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Brandon Shaffer 36.8% 125,715
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCory Gardner Incumbent 58.4% 199,842
     Libertarian Josh Gilliland 3.1% 10,674
     Constitution Doug Aden 1.7% 5,845
Total Votes 342,076
Source: Colorado Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


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.[15]

Gardner raised $50,436 for his campaign.[16]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gardner is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Gardner raised a total of $4,722,190 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[17]

Cory Gardner's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Colorado, District 4) Won $2,295,599
2010 US House (Colorado, District 4) Won $2,426,591
Grand Total Raised $4,722,190


Breakdown of the source of Gardner's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Gardner won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Gardner's campaign committee raised a total of $2,295,599 and spent $1,849,386.[18]


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.[19]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:


Below are Gardner's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[20]

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


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Gardner is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of June 5, 2013[21]

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 ranked 26th on the list of the lowest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and he ranked 28th overall of the lowest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Colorado ranked 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.[22]

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 2011 was estimated between -$34,984 and $249,999. That averages to $107,507, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 1.90% from 2010.[23]


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.[24]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Gardner ranked 10th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[25]


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Gardner ranked 40th in the conservative rankings.[26]

Political positions

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.[27]


Gardner and his wife, Jamie, have one child.

Recent news

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External links


  1. "Shaffer: I will run for Congress,", July 4, 2011
  2. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Cory Gardner," Accessed November 1, 2011
  3., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  4. Congressman Cory Gardner, United States Congressman for the 4th District of Colorado "Committee Assignments"
  5. Colorado News Agency, "Make My Day? Only at Home, says Legislative Panel," March 15, 2010
  6. Colorado News Agency, "Effort to Beef Up State's DUI Penalty Gets Derailed," February 8, 2010
  7. Colorado News Agency, "State Republicans hope to thwart amendment to federal bill," July 18, 2010
  9. Coloradoan, "County to get new representation," December 6, 2011
  10. Campaign website, Issues
  11. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  12. Colorado Secretary of State, - 2012 Primary Candidate List
  13. Associated Press - Unofficial election results
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. 2008 general election results, Colorado
  16. Colorado House spending, 2008
  17. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Cory Gardner," Accessed March 22, 2013
  18. Open Secrets "Cory Gardner 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 19, 2013
  19. Open Secrets "Cory Gardner 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 1, 2011
  20. Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
  21. Gov Track "Cory Gardner," Accessed June 5, 2013
  22. LegiStorm "Cory Gardner"
  23., "Gardner, (R-Colorado), 2011"
  24., "Gardner, (R-Colorado), 2010"
  25. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  26. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  27. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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