Doug Lamborn (born May 24, 1954) is the U.S. Representative for Colorado's 5th congressional district, in office since 2007. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district is based in Colorado Springs.
Early life, education, and early career
Lamborn was born in Leavenworth, Kansas. He attended the University of Kansas where he received a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1978 and graduated with his Juris Doctor in 1986. Lamborn practiced law before entering politics.
In 1994, Lamborn was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives and was elected Republican Whip in 1997.
He successfully ran for a Colorado Senate seat in 1998, where he was elected President Pro-tem in 1999. Lamborn served in the Colorado Senate until winning a seat in Congress. Lamborn was the ranking Republican on the Colorado State Military and Veterans Affairs, and Appropriations committees. While in the State Senate Lamborn sponsored the largest tax cut in Colorado State history, and was named the highest-ranking tax cutter in the Senate five times, by a conservative activist group called the Colorado Union of Taxpayers.
U.S. House of Representatives
On February 16, 2006, Joel Hefley announced he would retire after 10 terms in Congress.
In the August 8, 2006 Republican primary, Lamborn defeated five other candidates to win the party nomination, includling one supported by Hefley. Lamborn ran on conservative positions: opposing gun control, abortion except when the mother's life is threatened, federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, providing public benefits to illegal immigrants, and new eminent domain rulings. Lamborn earned the endorsement in the primary of numerous national organizations, including National Right to Life, National Pro-life Alliance, National Rifle Association, Gunowners of America, Club for Growth, National Right to Work, Eagle Forum, and Minuteman PAC. He ran against Jay Fawcett, the Democratic nominee for the open seat in Colorado's 5th congressional district. Lamborn won the election on November 7, 2006.
Jeff Crank and Bentley Rayburn both challenged Lamborn in the 2008 Republican primary.
Both lost to Lamborn in the 2006 primary. Lamborn won the primary election on August 12, 2008 with 45 percent of the 56,171 votes cast. Crank got 29 percent and Rayburn got 26 percent. Lamborn defeated Democratic challenger Hal Bidlack in the 2008 election.
Lamborn was challenged by Democratic nominee Kevin Bradley, Libertarian nominee Jerell Klaver, and American Constitution Party nominee Brian "Barron X" Scott. He won re-election.
An office of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency was established in Colorado Springs in Lambert's district. Congressional Quarterly said that through the first August recess, Lamborn had voted by strict partisan lines the most of any member in the U.S. House and more than any other Republican. Lamborn led an effort among conservative Republicans to force the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to discard proposed regulations that would have affected accessibility to small arms ammunition, which were opposed by Second Amendment groups. In February 2010, The National Journal named Lamborn the most conservative member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Lamborn is one of the House Republicans leading the effort against public funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and NPR (National Public Radio). "I have been seeking to push Big Bird out of the nest for over a year, based on the simple fact that we can no longer afford to spend taxpayer dollars on nonessential government programs. It's time for Big Bird to earn his wings and learn to fly on his own." On August 24, 2007, Jonathan Bartha, who works for Focus on the Family (headquartered in Colorado Springs), and his wife Anna wrote a letter to the editor in a community newspaper expressing concerns about Lamborn's opposition to more restrictions on dog fighting. They were also concerned that he'd taken several campaign contributions from the gaming industry. A few days later, Lamborn left two voice mails threatening "consequences" if they didn't renounce their "blatantly false" letter. He also said that he would be "forced to take other steps" if the matter wasn't resolved "on a Scriptural level." The Barthas were shocked by the messages, and Anna Bartha called Lamborn's behavior "not anything we would ever anticipate an elected official would pursue."
The office opened in February 2009 and increased immigration enforcement agents in the area from two to ten. “The immediate need is to address those that have committed a crime and make sure they’re sent out of the country,” Lamborn said. However this would not place in jeopardy employers who hire illegal immigrants in the first place or who pay these workers without any withholding tax or below the minimum wage. There has also been a Brigade Combat Team in his district since December 2007. The Brigade Combat Team consisting of almost 5,000 soldiers, their families, support personnel as well as increased military construction.
October 4th, 2011