Cory Scott Gardner (born August 22, 1974) is the Republican U.S. Representative for Colorado's 4th congressional district. In 2010, he defeated incumbent Democrat Betsy Markey. He was formerly a member of the Colorado House of Representatives.
Early life, education, and early political career
Gardner graduated summa cum laude from Colorado State University with a B.A. in political science. He went to Law School at the University of Colorado to earn his Juris Doctor.
Gardner served as General Counsel and Legislative Director for former U.S. Senator Wayne Allard of Colorado.
In 2006, he was elected to the 63rd district, which was vacated by Republican Greg Brophy, who went on to be State Senator. Gardner became the House Minority Whip in January 2007. The Denver Post hailed Gardner as “the GOP Idea Man”. He was named one of the Top 40 young Republican lawmakers by the magazine Rising Tide.
U.S. House of Representatives
Gardner won the Republican primary to challenge Democratic incumbent Betsy Markey. Also running were American Constitutional Party nominee Doug Aden and Independent Ken "Wasko" Waszkiewicz. On November 2, 2010, Gardner won in the 4th Congressional District, defeating Markey. Gardner is one of the GOP Young Guns. He was endorsed by former U.S.
Congressman Tom Tancredo. In an early September poll, Gardner was up 50% to 39%.
Since taking office, Gardner has introduced a bill that would make it easier for oil companies to drill offshore in Alaska, creating over 50,000 jobs and producing 1 million barrels of oil a day. The House passed Gardner's bill by a vote of 253 to 166 with bipartisan support June 22, 2011.
Gardner also introduced bipartisan legislation to reduce wasteful spending and duplicative programs. “The amount of waste perpetrated by the federal government is mind boggling and has gone largely unchecked for far too long – enough is enough – we need to dig into why there are so many different programs doing the same thing and whether or not they need to be eliminated or combined,” Gardner said in a statement on his Congressional website.
Gardner voted for the Ryan budget plan, derided by many Democrats as ending Medicare as it is currently known.
October 4th, 2011