|Running for U.S. Senate, Colorado|
|General election||November 4, 2014|
|Colorado State Senate District 8|
|January 9, 2013-Present|
|January 11, 2017|
|Years in position||2|
|Per diem||$45/day in Denver area, $183/day outside|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Term limits||Four consecutive terms|
|Colorado House of Representatives District 57|
|Place of birth||Bedford, IN|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Recent news
- 7 External links
- 8 References
Baumgardner served in the Colorado House of Representatives, representing the 57th District from 2009 to 2013.
Baumgardner's professional experience includes working as a rancher.
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:
|Colorado Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources, Vice Chair|
|• State, Veterans, & Military Affairs|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Baumgardner served on these committees:
|Colorado Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources|
|• Joint Transportation|
|• Transportation & Energy|
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. 
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.
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.”
Political courage tests
Baumgardner did not provide answers to the Colorado State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test provides voters with how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.
- 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. 
|Colorado State Senate, District 8, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Randy L. Baumgardner||51.1%||34,187|
|Libertarian||Sacha L. Weis||4.6%||3,079|
|Colorado State Senate, District 8 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Jean White Incumbent||41.8%||4,887|
|Colorado House of Representatives, District 57 General election (2010)|
|Randy Baumgardner (R)||15,951|
|Steve Ivanice (D)||6,426|
|Mike Kien (D)||1,006|
Baumgardner raised $34,230 for his campaign, while Hagenbuch raised $31,913.
|Colorado State House, District 57 (2008)|
|Randy Baumgardner (D)||19,929|
|R. Todd Hagenbuch (R)||15,346|
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 5/22/2013.
|Randy Baumgardner's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Colorado State Senate, District 8||$64,637|
|2010||Colorado State House, District 57||$23,275|
|2008||Colorado State House, District 57||$34,230|
|Grand Total Raised||$122,142|
2012Baumgardner won election to the Colorado State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Baumgardner raised a total of $64,637.
|Colorado State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Randy Baumgardner's campaign in 2012|
|Cmte To Elect Randy L Baumgardner||$8,336|
|Rocky Mountain Gun Owners||$3,000|
|Teller County Republican Central Cmte||$1,000|
|Routt County Republican Central Cmte||$750|
|Garfield County Republican Central Cmte||$683|
|Total Raised in 2012||$64,637|
|Source: Follow the Money|
2010Baumgardner won re-election to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Baumgardner raised a total of $23,275.
|Colorado House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Randy Baumgardner's campaign in 2010|
|Colorado Association Of Realtors Small Donor Committee||$1,000|
|Routt County Republican Central Cmte||$800|
|Anglogold Cmte For Colorado||$400|
|Colorado Mining Association||$400|
|Total Raised in 2010||$23,275|
|Source: Follow the Money|
2008Baumgardner won election to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Baumgardner raised a total of $34,230.
|Colorado House of Representatives 2008 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Randy Baumgardner's campaign in 2008|
|Service Employees Local 105||$3,600|
|Colorado Association Of Public Employees||$2,000|
|Routt County Republican Central Cmte||$1,000|
|Lincoln Club Of Colorado||$925|
|Service Employees International Union||$900|
|Total Raised in 2008||$34,230|
|Source: Follow the Money|
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term Randy + Baumgardner + Colorado + Legislature
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
- Randy Baumgardner's campaign website
- Colorado General Assembly - Randy Baumgardner
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Project Vote Smart bio
- Campaign Contributions: 2012, 2010, 2008
- Randy Baumgardner on Facebook
- denverpost.com, "Randy Baumgardner to kick off U.S. Senate campaign Friday against Mark Udall," July 7, 2013
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Baumgardner
- Colorado News Agency, "GOP Group Meets with Arizona Legislators to Discuss Immigration Law," August 18, 2010
- "Even the legislature wants to end this tax," Colorado News Agency, October 11, 2010
- "Lawmaker aims to roll back controversial hike in vehicle late fees," Colorado News Agency, Dec 17th, 2010
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Baumgardner Issue Positions
- Colorado Secretary of State, - 2012 Primary Candidate List
- Colorado Secretary of State, Official Primary Election Results
- 2008 general election results, Colorado
- Colorado House spending, 2008
- followthemoney.org, "Baumgardner, Randy" Accessed May 22, 2013
Jean White (R)
|Colorado State Senate District 8
| Succeeded by|
|Colorado House District 57
| Succeeded by|
Robert E. Rankin (R)