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Biography

Elected: 2006, 4th term.

Born: May 24, 1954, Leavenworth, KS

Home: Colorado Springs, CO

Education: U. of KS, B.S. 1978, J.D. 1986

Professional Career: Practicing atty., 1987-2007.

Ethnicity: White/Caucasian

Religion: Christian Church

Family: Married (Jeanie) , 5 children

The congressman from the 5th District is Doug Lamborn, a conservative, tea party Republican first elected in 2006 and one of the party’s fiercest partisans in the House.

The son of a prison guard, Lamborn was born in Leavenworth, Kansas. He studied journalism at the University of Kansas and ultimately earned a law degree. He said he voted in 1976 for Jimmy Carter, but was then drawn to the Republican politics of Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. In 1987, Lamborn moved his family to Colorado Springs, where he practiced business and real estate law and became an avid mountain climber. In 1994, he won the first of two terms in the Colorado House and, in 1998, was appointed to a vacant state Senate seat. Lamborn ran unopposed in the next election and later served as state Senate president pro tem. During 12 years in the legislature, Lamborn compiled a reliably conservative record on social and fiscal issues. He opposed abortion rights, sponsoring bills to limit late-term abortions, and advocated tax cuts, including a reduction in state income taxes. He backed legislation that would have ended some benefits to illegal immigrants and increased penalties for illegal immigrant smugglers.

When Republican U.S. Rep. Joel Hefley retired, Lamborn ran for his seat. In the primary, Hefley endorsed Jeff Crank, his former aide. Lamborn had the backing of the anti-tax Club for Growth and the Colorado Christian Coalition. At the May GOP party convention, Crank won the delegate vote 46%-40%, but Lamborn had more than the minimum 30% needed to secure a place on the primary ballot. Lamborn emphasized his conservative voting record and vowed never to raise taxes. The state Christian Coalition sent a mailer suggesting Crank backed the “radical homosexual lobby.” In the August primary, Crank won five of the district’s six counties and appeared headed to victory. But once absentee ballots were counted, the results flipped and Lamborn won by 892 votes, defeating Crank 27%-25%.

In the general election, Lamborn faced Democrat Jay Fawcett, an Air Force Academy graduate who won a Bronze star during the Persian Gulf War. In most years, the Democratic nominee would not have drawn a second look; no Democrat had won the seat since it was created in 1972. But the bruising Republican primary and a tough national environment for Republicans made for an unusually competitive general election. Hefley accused Lamborn of running a “sleazy” primary campaign and refused to endorse him. Fawcett sought to take advantage of the Republican discord, purchasing a newspaper ad featuring the names and photos of three dozen prominent local Republicans who also declined to endorse Lamborn. He tried to appeal to Republicans and unaffiliated voters by emphasizing his military experience, a strong selling point in the military-oriented district. In October, polls showed a dead heat, an alarming result for a district that national Republicans were unaccustomed to worrying about. But on Election Day, voters overcame lingering animosity toward Lamborn and gave him a 60%-40% victory.

In the House, Lamborn established a record as one of his party’s most conservative members. He was an original member of the Tea Party Caucus and in the 2010 race for Colorado governor endorsed former Rep. Tom Tancredo, known for his incendiary opposition to immigration. Lamborn tried, but lost overwhelmingly, to pass amendments to eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, two government-sponsored entities that conservatives consider too liberal. He also sponsored a bill to bar federal funds to schools that provide access to emergency contraception services. On defense issues, Lamborn led an effort to gather support for Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of a founder of the terrorist group Hamas who converted to Christianity and became an anti-Hamas informer. He had been threatened with deportation from the United States but was granted political asylum in 2010.

Although Lamborn is fond of cuts in government spending—he bucked Republican House Speaker John Boehner during the 2011 debt and budget talks because he wanted the Democratic White House to agree to deeper cuts—he’s enthusiastic about government spending in his own district. In 2009, he led Colorado’s House delegation in adding earmarks to spending bills, particularly military-related projects, according to the watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste.

In June 2011, Lamborn was criticized back home for pushing to revoke funding for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo. Lamborn had signed onto a letter with eight other members of Congress asking to stop funding Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy grants, which include money for the laboratory in Golden. A group of Jefferson County Republicans wrote to Lamborn asking him to reconsider and to visit the lab. Lamborn later explained to The Denver Post that he did not know that the program he was targeting included money for the Golden-based lab. “I personally am not seeking any reduction (of) jobs at NREL,” he told the newspaper. “The bigger issue is, what is the government’s role in renewable energy? There are some pitfalls we need to avoid.”

Lamborn stepped into an even bigger morass during an interview with a Denver radio station in July 2011. Discussing President Barack Obama’s budget policies, Lamborn said, “I don’t even want to have to be associated with (Obama). It’s like touching a tar baby.” His use of the phrase “tar baby,” which has a double meaning as a racial slur, brought condemnation from the NAACP and other civil rights groups. Activists with the liberal group MoveOn.org protested at Lamborn’s district office. He quickly apologized to Obama and later also apologized to a group of black leaders at a Baptist church in Fountain, Colo.

But a few months later, Lamborn was back in partisan form: In January 2012, he took the step—rare for a member of Congress—of boycotting Obama’s State of the Union address because, he said, he “believes the president is in full campaign mode and will use the address as an opportunity to bash his political opponents.”

Back home, lingering resentment over the 2006 primary led to a rematch with Crank in 2008. The challenger attacked Lamborn’s job performance, but this time, Lamborn won 44% to 30%. He won easily in November against token Democratic opposition, and he won his subsequent two reelections with ease as well.

Office Contact Information

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-4422

(202) 226-2638

RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building Room 2402
Washington, DC 20515-0605

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-4422

(202) 226-2638

RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building Room 2402
Washington, DC 20515-0605

DISTRICT OFFICE

(719) 520-0055

(719) 520-0840

1125 Kelly Johnson Boulevard Suite 330
Colorado Springs, CO 80920-3965

DISTRICT OFFICE

(719) 520-0055

(719) 520-0840

1125 Kelly Johnson Boulevard Suite 330
Colorado Springs, CO 80920-3965

DISTRICT OFFICE

(719) 520-0055

(719) 520-0840

415 Main Street
Buena Vista, CO 81211-8106

DISTRICT OFFICE

(719) 520-0055

(719) 520-0840

415 Main Street
Buena Vista, CO 81211-8106

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

PO Box 64107
Colorado Springs, CO 80962

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Dale Anderson
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Sam Fletcher
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James Thomas
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Dale Anderson
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Keith Smoly
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Sam Fletcher
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Women

Brandon Miller
Legislative Assistant

Election Results

2012 GENERAL
Doug Lamborn
Votes: 199,639
Percent: 64.98%
Dave Anderson
Votes: 53,318
Percent: 17.35%
Jim Pirtle
Votes: 22,778
Percent: 7.41%
Misha Luzov
Votes: 18,284
Percent: 5.95%
2012 PRIMARY
Doug Lamborn
Votes: 43,929
Percent: 61.72%
Robert Blaha
Votes: 27,245
Percent: 38.28%
2010 GENERAL
Doug Lamborn
Votes: 152,829
Percent: 65.75%
Kevin Bradley
Votes: 68,039
Percent: 29.27%
2010 PRIMARY
Doug Lamborn
Votes: 60,906
Percent: 100.0%
2008 GENERAL
Doug Lamborn
Votes: 183,178
Percent: 60.03%
Hal Bidlack
Votes: 113,025
Percent: 37.04%
2008 PRIMARY
Doug Lamborn
Votes: 24,995
Percent: 44.02%
Jeff Crank
Votes: 16,794
Percent: 29.58%
Bentley Rayburn
Votes: 14,986
Percent: 26.4%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (66%), 2008 (60%), 2006 (60%)

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