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Randy Baumgardner
Randy Baumgardner.jpg
Current candidacy
Running for U.S. Senate, Colorado
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
Colorado State Senate District 8
In office
January 9, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 11, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$30,000/year
Per diem$45/day in Denver area, $183/day outside
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
Prior offices
Colorado House of Representatives District 57
Place of birthBedford, IN
Office website
Campaign website
Randy L. Baumgardner is a Republican member of the Colorado State Senate, representing District 8. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Baumgardner served in the Colorado House of Representatives, representing the 57th District from 2009 to 2013.

Baumgardner sought election to the U.S. Senate in 2014. However, he did not make it onto the primary ballot.[1]


Baumgardner's professional experience includes working as a rancher.[2]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Baumgardner served on the following committees:

Colorado Committee Assignments, 2013
Business, Labor and Technology
Capital Development


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


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


Baumgardner's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 09-1098 - Streamline Clean Coal PUC Envtl Req
  • HB 09-1146 - Proof Of Citizenship To Register To Vote
  • HB 09-1157 - Makes BZP A Schedule I Narcotic

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

Colorado Senate Bill 57

As a member of the Colorado House Education Committee, Baumgardner voted in support of Colorado Senate Bill 57, also known as the Public School Financial Transparency Act, a bill to create transparency in state education expenditures.

Arizona Senate Bill 1070

Baumgardner was one of seven members of the Republican Study Committee of Colorado to travel to Arizona to study the drafting and implementation of Arizona Senate Bill 1070, a controversial law regarding the enforcement of illegal immigration. [3]

Amendment R

Amendment R, or House Concurrent Resolution 1005, raises the issue that the administrative costs for collecting taxes on sub-$6000/year grazing fees are often more than the taxes that would be collected. Baumgardner sponsored this resolution.

"We went for the smaller end ($6,000 or less)," said Baumgardner noting that the counties will still receive revenue from leases that are above the $6,000 threshold.

Baumgardner said that the issue of the tax was initially brought up by constituents who felt they were being unfairly taxed.

"The folks that were leasing the federal lands were saying they didn’t feel they should be paying tax on land they didn’t own," said Baumgardner.[4]

Tardy vehicle registration fees

Baumgardner wants to reduce a recent increase in late fees for tardy vehicle registration and John Hickenlooper says if the bill passes, the lost revenue would have to be offset elsewhere in the budget.

In 2008, the Democratically controlled legislature passed a bill (Senate Bill 09-108 or FASTER), which Gov. Bill Ritter signed into law. FASTER tacked on a $41 fee on average onto vehicle registrations and imposed an additional $25 late fee per month up to $100 for those people who failed to renew their tags before the expiration date.

Baumgardner says it’s the increased late fee that really has people irritated and he will introduce a bill to roll it back. Baumgardner’s proposed legislation would reset the state’s late fee to a flat, $10 penalty that is applied at the discretion of each county, as was the case statewide prior to FASTER.

“When they go to register their vehicles that have sat idle, they are slapped with a $100 surcharge, per vehicle, in addition to the increased fee that applies to all registrations across the board,” said Baumgardner.

Hickenlooper said it’s up to the legislature to decide whether or not to tinker with the fee, but something still has to be done about failing bridges since FASTER dollars go toward repairs.

“I don’t want to step on their (the legislature’s) toes—that’s their decision,” said Hickenlooper. “FASTER did not solve the problem, it was a Band-aid.”[5]

Political courage tests

Baumgardner 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.[6]



See also: United States Senate elections in Colorado, 2014

Baumgardner ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Colorado. Baumgardner did not make it onto the primary ballot.[7]


See also: Colorado State Senate elections, 2012

Baumgardner won election in the 2012 election for Colorado State Senate District 8. He defeated Jean White in the Republican primary on June 26, 2012. He defeated Emily Tracy (D) and Sacha Weis (L) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[8]

Colorado State Senate, District 8, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRandy L. Baumgardner 51.1% 34,187
     Democratic Emily Tracy 44.3% 29,688
     Libertarian Sacha L. Weis 4.6% 3,079
Total Votes 66,954
Colorado State Senate, District 8 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRandy Baumgardner 58.2% 6,809
Jean White Incumbent 41.8% 4,887
Total Votes 11,696


See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2010

Baumgardner ran for re-election to the 57th District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the August 10 primary. He defeated Steve Ivanice (D) and Mike Kien (L) in the November 2 general election.

Colorado House of Representatives, District 57 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Randy Baumgardner (R) 15,951
Steve Ivanice (D) 6,426
Mike Kien (D) 1,006


On November 4, 2008, Baumgardner won election to the 57th District seat in the Colorado House of Representatives, defeating opponent R. Todd Hagenbuch (R).[9]

Baumgardner raised $34,230 for his campaign, while Hagenbuch raised $31,913.[10]

Colorado State House, District 57 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Randy Baumgardner (D) 19,929
R. Todd Hagenbuch (R) 15,346

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Baumgardner is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Baumgardner raised a total of $122,142 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[11]

Randy Baumgardner's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Colorado State Senate, District 8 Won $64,637
2010 Colorado State House, District 57 Won $23,275
2008 Colorado State House, District 57 Won $34,230
Grand Total Raised $122,142


Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Baumgardner's reports.


Baumgardner won election to the Colorado State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Baumgardner raised a total of $64,637.


Baumgardner won re-election to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Baumgardner raised a total of $23,275.


Baumgardner won election to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Baumgardner raised a total of $34,230.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jean White (R)
Colorado State Senate District 8
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Colorado House District 57
Succeeded by
Robert E. Rankin (R)