|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 4th district
January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||Betsy Markey|
|Member of the Colorado House of Representatives
from the 63rd district
June 23, 2005 – January 2, 2011
|Preceded by||Greg Brophy|
|Succeeded by||Jon Becker|
|Born||Cory Scott Gardner
August 22, 1974 
Yuma, Colorado, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Jaime Gardner; 1 daughter, 1 son|
|Residence||Yuma, Colorado, U.S.|
|Occupation||Politician, small businessman, farmer|
|Religion||Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod|
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 was born in Yuma, Colorado, the son of Cindy L. (née Pagel) and John W. Gardner. His ancestry includes Irish, German, Austrian, and English. He 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.
Colorado House of Representatives 
When Republican State Representative Greg Brophy of Colorado's 63rd House District was appointed to resigned State Senator Mark Hillman's seat, Gardner decided to run. In June 2005, the selection committee voted 7-5 for Gardner over Mark Arndt to Brophy's seat. In 2006, he defeated Democrat Pauline Artery 73%-27%. He won re-election to a second term unopposed.
He proposed legislation that would set aside money in a rainy-day fund that would help protect the state from future economic downturns. His proposal relied on Referendum C money for future budget emergencies. He staunchly opposed any tax increases. He even said freezing mill-levy rates, which are used to calculate property taxes, would result in a net revenue gain for Colorado. He helped create the Colorado Clean Energy Authority, which brought millions of dollars of economic development to Colorado.
Committee assignments 
- House Education Committee
- House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee
- Legislative Council
U.S. House of Representatives 
Gardner won the Republican primary in the 4th Congressional District to challenge Democratic incumbent Betsy Markey. Also running were American Constitution Party nominee Doug Aden and Independent Ken "Wasko" Waszkiewicz. In an early September poll, Gardner was up 50% to 39% over Markey.
Gardner was challenged by Democratic nominee Brandon Shaffer.
Shortly after taking office, Gardner introduced legislation that would speed up clean-air permits for companies engaged in offshore drilling in Alaska, which he says would create jobs and reduce dependence on foreign oil. The House passed Gardner's bill by a vote of 253 to 166 with bipartisan support June 22, 2011.
In March 2011, Gardner introduced that would force congressional committees to hold hearings on programs that are deemed duplicative by a U.S. Government Accountability Office report. Gardner has said he believes such a measure would reduce waste in government.
Committee assignments 
- Committee on Energy and Commerce
Electoral history 
|Colorado District 63 election, 2006|
|Colorado District 63 election, 2008|
- "State House District 63 Election Results". Denver Post. November 2, 2010. Retrieved November 17, 2012.
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- "Cory Gardner official campaign website". Corygardner.com. Retrieved 2011-06-14.
- "Archives : The Rocky Mountain News". Nl.newsbank.com. 2005-06-29. Retrieved 2012-11-17.
- "CO State House 063- R Primary Race - Aug 12, 2008". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2012-11-17.
- "CO State House District 63 Race - Nov 07, 2006". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2012-11-17.
- "CO State House 063 Race - Nov 04, 2008". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2012-11-17.
- Couch, Mark P. (January 26, 2006). "Rainy day funding bills see daylight". Denver Post. Retrieved November 17, 2012.
- Saccone, Mike (27 April 2007). "Dems rebuff cries of 'increase,' maintain freeze in property-tax rates". The Daily Sentinal. Retrieved November 17, 2012.
- "Biography | Congressman Cory Gardner". Gardner.house.gov. Retrieved 2012-11-17.
- Mangalonzo, John (June 13, 2006). "Court ruling riles solons". Journal-Advocate. Retrieved November 17, 2012.
- "United States > Colorado > CO State House > Minority Whip". www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2011-06-14.
- Associated, The (2007-03-30). "GOP calls for House education chairman to step down over e-mail". SummitDaily.com. Retrieved 2012-11-17.
- "NewsLibrary.com - newspaper archive, clipping service - newspapers and other news sources". Nl.newsbank.com. 2007-01-23. Retrieved 2012-11-17.
- "Cory Gardner". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2012-11-17.
- Sandoval, Michael (September 2, 2010). "Gardner Leads Markey 50-39 in First Public CO-4 Poll". National Review. Retrieved November 17, 2012.
- "Tom Tancredo Standing By Endorsement Of Cory Gardner Over ACP Candidate In CD-4". Huffington Post Denver. 29 October 2010. Retrieved November 17, 2012.
- "House passes Gardner bill on offshore drilling". Denver Business Journal. 23 June 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2012. More than one of
- "Hearing on "The American Energy Initiative". Retrieved 11 April 2011.
- "Rep. Gardner's Jobs and Permitting Act Passes House". 22 June 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
- Sherry, Allison. "Beltway Breakfast –Gardner tackles duplication, so does Udall, Bennet talks Race to the Top, GOP applauds themselves for cutting another $4 billion". The Spot. The Denver Post. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
- "Rep. Gardner Announces Resolution to Tackle Duplicative Programs and Govt. Waste". Retrieved November 17, 2012.
- "House Vote 277 - Passes Ryan Budget Bill". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 August 2011.
- O'Connor, Patrick (2011-04-05). "Democrats Decry Ryan Budget Plan". wsj.com. Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 26 August 2011.
- "The Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers 112th Congressional List". Americans for Tax Reform. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
- "CO State House District 63 Race - Nov 07, 2006". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2011-06-14.
- "CO State House 063 Race - Nov 04, 2008". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2011-06-14.
- Congressman Cory Gardner official U.S. House site
- Cory Gardner for Congress official campaign site
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Profile at Ballotpedia
- Congressional profile at GovTrack
- Congressional profile at Roll Call
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information (federal office) at OpenSecrets.org
- Staff salaries, trips and personal finance (federal office) at LegiStorm.com
- Financial information (state office) at the National Institute for Money in State Politics
- Issue positions and quotes at On the Issues
- Voting record at The Washington Post
- Appearances on C-SPAN programs
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 4th congressional district
January 3, 2011 – present
|United States order of precedence|
|United States Representatives by seniority