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Rep. Scott Tipton (R)

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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-4761

Address: 218 CHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (719) 542-1073

Address: 503 North Main Street, Pueblo CO 81003-3132

Grand Junction CO

Phone: (970) 241-2499

Fax: (970) 241-3053

Address: 225 North Fifth Street, Grand Junction CO 81501-2658

Alamosa CO

Phone: (719) 587-5105

Fax: (719) 587-5137

Address: 609 Main Street, Box 11, Alamosa CO 81101-2557

Durango CO

Phone: (970) 259-1490

Fax: (970) 259-1563

Address: 835 East Second Avenue, Durango CO 81301-5474

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Eastman, Jason
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Martin, Tim
General Counsel; Senior Legislative Assistant
Eastman, Jason
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Green, Joshua
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Martin, Tim
General Counsel; Senior Legislative Assistant
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Eastman, Jason
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Reece, Christian
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Rossman, George
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Scott Tipton Committees
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Scott Tipton Biography
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  • Elected: 2010, 2nd term.
  • District: Colorado 3
  • Born: Nov. 09, 1956, Española, NM
  • Home: Cortez
  • Education:

    Fort Lewis Col., B.A. 1978.

  • Professional Career:

    Owner, CEO, Mesa Verde Pottery.

  • Political Career:

    CO House, 2009-11.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Christian

  • Family: Married (Jean); 2 children

The congressman from the 3rd District is Scott Tipton, a conservative Republican elected in 2010 who has been known to buck his party’s leadership and who also managed to attract unwanted questions about his ethics during his relatively short time in Congress. Read More

The congressman from the 3rd District is Scott Tipton, a conservative Republican elected in 2010 who has been known to buck his party’s leadership and who also managed to attract unwanted questions about his ethics during his relatively short time in Congress.

Tipton was born in Española, N.M. His family moved to Cortez, Colo., three months after he was born. His father was a construction worker for a Denver-based company, but the family’s finances were often strained by the medical needs of Tipton’s brother, who was diabetic. “Until I was about 7 years old, we ate oatmeal every morning for breakfast,” Tipton said. “It wasn’t because we needed to lower our cholesterol.” Tipton’s mother and father were doting and attentive parents, “who never missed a parent-teacher conference,” he said. When Tipton enrolled in Fort Lewis College in Durango, he became the first member of his family to go beyond high school, an achievement he attributes to his stable home life.

After getting his degree, Tipton returned to his hometown to establish a production facility for Native American pottery and jewelry, employing childhood friends who belonged to the Ute and Navajo tribes. But his fledgling business was encumbered by onerous and redundant government paperwork, he says. “We spent hours filling out forms (asking) how many thousands of pounds of clays we went through each year,” an experience that made Tipton a critic of government intrusion into the affairs of small businesses.

In 2006, he mounted his first political campaign, challenging Democrat John Salazar, then a freshman. Salazar won handily, receiving 62% of the vote, but Tipton’s campaign increased his visibility. Two years later, the local Republican Party in nearby Montrose recruited him to run for the Colorado House, and he was soon on his way to Denver. As a Republican legislator, Tipton says he sometimes felt marginalized by the Democratic Party’s hegemony in the state following the 2008 election. He was the ranking Republican on the Agriculture Committee and worked on legislation that streamlined government paperwork through increased reliance on the Internet. He was also a sponsor of the bipartisan “Katie’s Law,” which requires collection of DNA from anyone arrested on suspicion of a felony.

In 2010, Tipton decided to again challenge Salazar. In the GOP primary, retired Army lawyer Bob McConnell was the preferred candidate of tea party activists and Tipton’s main opponent. Some tea partiers viewed Tipton suspiciously as a member of the Republican establishment, but he refrained from criticizing McConnell. The race never grew overly negative and The Pueblo Chieftain newspaper dubbed Tipton’s win a “bloodless victory.”

In the fall campaign, Tipton portrayed Salazar as too deferential to the Democratic leadership, slamming the incumbent for his votes in favor of President Barack Obama’s $787 billion economic stimulus bill and his major health care overhaul. Of the 220 House supporters of the health care law, only 11 represented districts that were more Republican than Salazar’s in 2010. Salazar also was perceived as having close ties to the Obama administration because his younger brother, Ken Salazar, was his Interior secretary at the time. For his part, John Salazar suggested in his ads that Tipton would reduce Social Security retirement benefits, and he deemphasized his party label, calling himself “An Independent Voice for Rural Colorado.” The incumbent was also well-funded, raising more than $2 million compared with Tipton’s $1.2 million.

Although Salazar enjoyed decisive victories in two previous reelection bids, the district’s conservative voters were energized, and Tipton prevailed, 50% to 46%.

Early in his first term, Tipton voted for an unsuccessful attempt to repeal the health care law. Defying the House Republican leadership, he voted against a major spending resolution in 2011 because he favored steeper spending cuts. Tipton also joined other conservative freshmen in opposing House Speaker John Boehner’s deal with the White House to raise the nation’s debt limit that year. But Tipton hasn’t been an across-the-board fiscal hawk. The Denver Post pointed out that Tipton favored government funding for a local bicycle trail, a popular position in an environmentally-conscious district that includes Aspen. As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, he supported funding to preserve groundwater in the San Luis Valley, which is also in his district.

Tipton was tripped up by some negative publicity about ethics in his first term. Politico reported that Tipton sent a letter apologizing to the House Ethics Committee after his daughter, who lobbied for a company named Broadnet, was dropping her father’s name in order to get access to members of Congress. The Denver Post later reported that Tipton’s office spent more than $7,700 for newsletters and a tele-town hall meeting to iConstituent and Constituent Services Inc., two businesses that do contract work with Broadnet, which is owned by Tipton’s nephew, Steve Patterson. Tipton defended the payments, saying they were not made to Patterson’s company directly.

Democrats targeted Tipton in 2012, putting up state Rep. Sal Pace to challenge him. Pace was derided by the National Republican Congressional Committee as one of liberal House Minority Leader “Nancy Pelosi’s hand-picked puppets,” but he took some conservative positions, such as calling for a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. Pace attacked Tipton’s vote for Republican Rep. Paul Ryan’s controversial Medicare reform plan. “If you dare put an idea on the table you get demonized,” Tipton complained during an August candidates’ debate. Tipton slightly outspent Pace, $2.2 million to $1.9 million, and won, 53%-41%.

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Scott Tipton Election Results
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2012 General
Scott Tipton (R)
Votes: 185,291
Percent: 53.36%
Sal Pace (D)
Votes: 142,920
Percent: 41.07%
Tisha Casida (I)
Votes: 11,125
Percent: 3.2%
Gregory Gilman
Votes: 8,212
Percent: 2.36%
2012 Primary
Scott Tipton (R)
Votes: 48,465
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (50%)
Scott Tipton Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 33 (L) : 66 (C) 23 (L) : 75 (C) 18 (L) : 79 (C)
Social 38 (L) : 59 (C) 41 (L) : 58 (C) - (L) : 83 (C)
Foreign 41 (L) : 57 (C) 30 (L) : 66 (C) 16 (L) : 75 (C)
Composite 38.3 (L) : 61.7 (C) 32.5 (L) : 67.5 (C) 16.2 (L) : 83.8 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC10083
LCV1411
CFG7374
ITIC-83
NTU7576
20112012
COC94-
ACLU-0
ACU9284
ADA05
AFSCME0-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
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