Scott R. Tipton (born November 9, 1956) is the U.S. Representative for Colorado's 3rd congressional district. In November 2010, he defeated three-term incumbent Democrat John Salazar, whom he lost to in 2006 by a wide margin. He was a member of the Colorado House of Representatives and a co-owner of a pottery company in Cortez, Colorado. Prior to being elected to public office, he was the Chairman of the Colorado Republican Party from 1997 to 2008.
Scott Tipton was raised in Cortez, where he attended public schools with his brother Joe and graduated from Montezuma-Cortez High School.
He went on to Ft. Lewis College in Durango where he studied Political Science. He graduated in 1978, becoming the first person in his family to graduate from college. After Ft. Lewis, Scott returned to Cortez and founded Mesa Verde Indian Pottery, which he co-owns with his brother Joe. After 31 years in business, Mesa Verde Trading has developed an international client base.
Early political career
A lifelong Republican, Tipton became involved in the Ronald Reagan's presidential campaign in 1976 and was a delegate to the Republican Convention that year. He also assisted and ran local campaigns for Reagan in 1980 and 1984 across Montezuma County, Colorado and the 3rd Congressional District. Over the years, he has served in various roles for the campaigns of Scott McInnis, Ben Campbell, Bill Owens and George Bush. A former Montezuma County GOP Chairman, Scott served as the Republican Chairman of the 3rd Congressional District for eight years.
Scott Tipton announced his candidacy for Colorado House District 58 on February 5, 2008. This announcement came shortly after the incumbent Ray Rose announced he was retiring in 2008 and several key leaders asked Tipton to run. Denver Post and the Montrose Daily Press, but Tipton won the race with 59 percent of the popular vote.
Tipton had no opposition in the August Republican primary, but faced Democrat Noelle Hagan in the November 2008 general election. Hagan's candidacy was endorsed by the
With Representatives Laura Bradford and Frank McNulty, Tipton plans on re-introducing a version of Jessica's Law to establish minimum sentences for child sex offenders, and sponsoring bills to create a full-time judge position in Montrose, and to simplify water rights filing.
For the 2009 legislative session, Tipton was named to seats on the House Agriculture, Livestock, and Natural Resources Committee and the House Local Government Committee.
U.S. House of Representatives
Tipton challenged Democratic incumbent John Salazar in Colorado's 3rd congressional district. Libertarian Gregory Gilman and Independent Jake Segrest were also on the ballot, with Independents John W. Hargis, Sr.
and James Fritz qualified as write-in candidates. Tipton decided to retire from the Colorado House of Representatives to run for Congress in 2010, again challenging Salazar. In the Republican primary, Tipton defeated Bob McConnell 56% to 44%. Larry Sabato, Stuart Rothenberg, CQ Politics, New York Times, and Charlie Cook rated the race as a "Toss-up", with FiveThirtyEight giving Tipton a 77.9% of winning, while Real Clear Politics rated the race "Leans GOP". Colorado's 3rd has a Cook PVI of R+5.
Tipton and his wife Jean have been married for 27 years and have two daughters, Liesl and Elizabeth.
October 4th, 2011