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Biography

Elected: 2006, 4th term.

Born: May 1, 1953, Denver, CO

Home: Arvada, CO

Education: U. of CO, B.A. 1975, J.D. 1978

Professional Career: Practicing atty., 1979-2006.

Ethnicity: White/Caucasian

Religion: Protestant - Unspecified Christian

Family: Married (Nancy) , 3 children

Ed Perlmutter, first elected in 2006, is a self-described “business-oriented Democrat” who is the most centrist member of Colorado’s congressional delegation. He generally backs his party on major issues, but regularly has sought out Republicans to work on financial, homeland security, and energy matters.

Perlmutter grew up in Jefferson County, walking precincts with his father on Democratic campaigns. He attended the University of Colorado and earned a law degree in 1978, and then went into private practice. In 1994, Perlmutter won election to the state Senate from a northern Jefferson County district that had not elected a Democrat in nearly 30 years. In the legislature, where he gained a reputation as a mediator, he chaired the renewable energy caucus and worked on legislation protecting consumer rights and promoting responsible growth. He won a second term in 1998 and served two years as Senate president pro tem, then retired in 2002 when term limits forced him from office.

In 2002, Perlmutter was considered the early front-runner for the 7th District seat in Congress, but he opted not to run, citing the time it would take him away from his three daughters. The district elected Republican Bob Beauprez by just 121 votes. When Beauprez ran for governor in 2006, Democrats immediately touted the 7th as one of their top pickup opportunities. And this time, Perlmutter got into the race.

His most significant primary opposition came from Peggy Lamm, a former state representative who used to be the sister-in-law of former Democratic Gov. Richard Lamm. Perlmutter campaigned in favor of embryonic stem cell research, and in his first commercial, his oldest daughter talked about how stem cell research might find a cure for her epilepsy. Abortion-rights group EMILY’s List endorsed Lamm, but she trailed Perlmutter in fundraising. He won the primary by a solid 53%-38%.

In the general election, he faced Republican Rick O’Donnell, a rising star who left his post as executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education to run. At a time of multiple ethics scandals in Congress, O’Donnell argued that Perlmutter’s marriage to a Denver lobbyist for a D.C.-based lobbying firm would lead to conflicts of interest. The two candidates also debated illegal immigration. Perlmutter supported a guest worker program, while O’Donnell opposed it. By October, the two were closely matched in fundraising, each with well over $2 million. However, the strength of Perlmutter’s candidacy, Beauprez’s poor showing in the governor’s race, and President George W. Bush’s unpopularity all worked against O’Donnell. Perlmutter won, 55%-42%. He carried Jefferson County by nearly 15,000 votes, 55%-43%.

In the House, Perlmutter has been a fairly consistent but not automatic Democratic vote. He split with other Colorado Democrats and immigration groups in 2011 in supporting Secure Communities, a federal program to speed up deportations of illegal immigrants convicted of crimes. He joined the centrist New Democrat Coalition and eventually became co-chair of its energy task force. In sync with local interests in energy, he sponsored a bill to offer incentives to lenders who create a market for green buildings. He also got a provision in the Waxman-Markey energy and climate change bill in 2009 to benefit green banks, drawing criticism from Republicans when it was revealed that he was an investor in one of them.

Inspired by his daughter’s struggles with epilepsy, Perlmutter won passage of a bill creating epilepsy centers for returning combat veterans. He repeatedly pushed the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2011 to build a long-delayed hospital in his district, at one point threatening to show up at the site with veterans and shovels if construction didn’t start as scheduled (it did).

On the Financial Services Committee, Perlmutter worked with Republicans to add protections for taxpayers to the $700 billion government rescue of the financial markets. He and Frank Lucas, R-Okla., proposed in 2009 to create a council of regulators to monitor risk in the U.S. financial markets. He also worked with Colorado Republican Mike Coffman on legislation to temporarily allow small banks to amortize commercial real estate losses over seven years instead of writing them down all at once. He pushed back against GOP claims that excessive regulation could harm the economy by citing the Wall Street panic of a few years earlier. “There seems to be a mass case of amnesia,” he said at a February 2011 committee hearing.

In 2010, Perlmutter considered running for governor but decided against it. His reelection race that year proved considerably tougher than his 2008 contest. His challenger, Aurora GOP Councilman Ryan Frazier, an African-American Navy veteran, attacked him for contributing to excess government overspending. Perlmutter, meanwhile, accused his opponent’s company, software developer Takara Systems, of outsourcing its consulting services. Frazier got considerable help from national Republicans and outside groups, but he couldn’t keep pace financially with Perlmutter, who raised more than $2 million. He won with 53% of the vote.

Perlmutter drew another formidable challenger two years later in Joe Coors, a wealthy heir to his family’s brewing empire. Coors did not play up his beer-making background, emphasizing his record as a ceramics manufacturing executive. He sought to make an issue of Perlmutter’s ex-wife’s work as a lobbyist for California solar manufacturer Solyndra, which failed after getting significant federal help. Perlmutter fired back by accusing Coors of outsourcing jobs, which Coors denied. Perlmutter got $176,000 in last-minute help from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and won again with 53.5% to 41% for Coors.

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Women

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Election Results

2012 GENERAL
Ed Perlmutter
Votes: 182,460
Percent: 53.51%
Joe Coors
Votes: 139,066
Percent: 40.79%
2012 PRIMARY
Ed Perlmutter
Unopposed
2010 GENERAL
Ed Perlmutter
Votes: 112,667
Percent: 53.44%
Ryan Frazier
Votes: 88,026
Percent: 41.76%
2010 PRIMARY
Ed Perlmutter
Votes: 40,534
Percent: 100.0%
2008 GENERAL
Ed Perlmutter
Votes: 173,931
Percent: 63.48%
John Lerew
Votes: 100,055
Percent: 36.52%
2008 PRIMARY
Ed Perlmutter
Votes: 29,704
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (53%), 2008 (63%), 2006 (55%)

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