Randy Baumgardner

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Randy Baumgardner
Member of the Colorado Senate
from the 8th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 15, 2013
Preceded by Jean White
Member of the Colorado House of Representatives
from the 57th district
In office
January 7, 2009 – January 9, 2013
Preceded by Al White
Succeeded by Bob Rankin
Personal details
Born 1956 (age 57–58)
Bedford, Indiana, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Lori Baumgardner

Randy Baumgardner is a legislator in the U.S. state of Colorado. Elected to the Colorado House of Representatives as a Republican in 2008, he won election to the Colorado Senate in 2012. He represents Senate District 8 which encompasses Garfield, Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco, Routt, and Summit Counties.

Baumgardner announced his candidacy for U. S. Senate in July 2013;[1] the Republican primary will be held on June 24, 2014. In Britain, his name is often misspelled "Bumgardner" and consequently considered comical.[2][3]

Biography and early career[edit]

Baumgardner was born in Bedford, Indiana in 1956. Baumgardner worked for the Colorado Department of Transportation for a decade before running for public office. He continues to own and operate two ranches with his wife, one near Granby and another in Northern Jackson County. Baumgardner and his wife Lori split their time between Cowdrey and Hot Sulphur Springs with their son.

Colorado House of Representatives[edit]

2008 election[edit]

Baumgardner defeated Daniel L. Korkowski in the contested Republican primary in August, taking 67 percent of votes cast.[4]

Baumgardner faced Democrat Todd Hagenbuch in the November 2008 general election. Baumgardner's candidacy was endorsed by the Denver Post,[5] and he won election with 57 percent of the popular vote.[6]

2009 legislative session[edit]

For the 2009 legislative session, Baumgardner was named to the House Education Committee and the House Transportation and Energy Committee.[7][8] Citing concerns over water rights filings on the Western Slope, Baumgarder also sought a seat on the House Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee.[9]

Baumgardner proposed legislation to redirect a portion of federal mineral lease revenues from local governments to state road and bridge projects for a period of ten years,[10][11][12] The measure was criticized for altering recently negotiated revenue formulas, and was watered down in the House Agriculture Committee.[13] Baumgardner also offered legislation to modify the permitting process for clean coal operations, a measure which died in a House committee.[14]

2010 legislative session[edit]

In 2010, Baumgardner co-sponsored SB10-033. This measure concerned a verification program of a worker’s eligibility in Colorado. SB10-033 was co-sponsored by Senator Schultheis. It was assigned to the State Senate, Veterans, and Military Affairs committee, where it was ultimately defeated.

2010 election[edit]

In the 2010 election, Baumgardner ran for re-election. He faced no opposition in the primary election, but faced Steve Ivanice of the Democratic Party and Mike Kien of the Libertarian Party during the general election, before defeating both with 64% of the vote.[15]

2011 legislative session[edit]

During the 2011 legislative session, Baumgardner focused on several important bills regarding illegal immigration and mining. A major piece of legislation he worked on was his efforts in trying to extend an income tax credit for alternative fuel refueling facilities. The bill was initially sent to the House committee on Agriculture, Livestock, and Natural Resources, before being passed on to the House Finance committee, where it was laid over until the end of session.

2012 legislative session[edit]

In 2012, one of the major bills that Baumgardner sponsored was HB12-1160. This bill, co-sponsored by Senator Schwartz, focused on adding coal mine methane gas as an eligible energy resource under Colorado’s renewable energy portfolio. This bill was introduced into the House where it passed before being sent to the Senate. HB12-1160 also passed through its Senate committee, before being laid over daily through the end of session, therefore failing to pass.

Colorado State Senate[edit]

2012 election[edit]

Baumgardner decided to run for higher office by putting in his bid for the State Senate District 8 seat in 2012. He faced incumbent Jean White in the primary race, which the Denver Post described as "nasty".[16] White was attacked by outside interest groups for her support for civil unions. Baumgardner was criticised for falling asleep during a House session and also faced revelations that an unregistered sex offender lived at his house and worked on his farm.[17][18] Nevertheless, Baumgardner won the Republican nomination, taking 58% of the vote.[19] White refused to endorse him, saying "I'll have a hard time supporting a dishonest man. The lies prevailed. His lies beat my truth. It shows that running an upright and honest campaign doesn't necessarily win the day. This is a man who lied to me. He lied about me. He lied about where he lives, what he does and how he votes."[20] During the general election, Baumgardner defeated his Democratic opponent Emily Tracy with 51.1% of the vote.[21]

2013 legislative session[edit]

Senator Baumgardner was appointed to serve on the Senate Business, Labor, and Technology Committee, Capital Development Committee, and the Transportation Committee.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bartels, Lynn (7 July 2013). "Randy Baumgardner to kick off U.S. Senate campaign Friday against Mark Udall". Denver Post. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  2. ^ http://www.edugeek.net/forums/general-chat/31352-funny-names.html#post295837.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Randy Bumgardner". 
  4. ^ "Colorado Statewide Cumulative Report - 2008 Primary Election". Colorado Secretary of State. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  5. ^ Editorial Board (17 October 2008). "Post's picks in Colorado's House of Representatives". Denver Post. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  6. ^ "Colorado Statewide Cumulative Report - 2008 General Election". Colorado Secretary of State. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  7. ^ "House Journal - January 7, 2009" (pdf). Colorado General Assembly. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  8. ^ "House Republican Committee Assignments Announced" (Press release). Colorado House Democrats. 18 November 2008. 
  9. ^ Mason, K.C. (17 January 2009). "Oil shale a hot topic at Capitol". Steamboat Pilot & Today. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  10. ^ Mason, K.C. (12 January 2009). "1st-year legislator introduces bill". Craig Daily Press. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  11. ^ Smith, Collin (15 January 2009). "City Council: DOLA, festival present financial issues". Craig Daily Press. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  12. ^ Gee, Brandon (29 January 2009). "Rep. Baumgardner’s bill could boost county mineral lease funds". Craig Daily Press. Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  13. ^ Mason, K.C. (31 January 2009). "Baumgardner bill gains agriculture committee support". Craig Daily Press. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  14. ^ Gee, Brandon (1 February 2009). "State budget deficit could cause slash in tourism spending". Steamboat Pilot & Today. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  15. ^ "Colorado State House 2010 Election Results". Denver Post. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  16. ^ Bartels, Lynn (7 July 2013). "Randy Baumgardner to kick off U.S. Senate campaign Friday against Mark Udall". Denver Post. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  17. ^ Bartels, Lynn (16 June 2013). "Ugly campaign fliers hit in northwestern Colorado state Senate race". Denver Post. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  18. ^ Bartels, Lynn (16 June 2013). "Unregistered sex offender lives at home of Colorado lawmaker". Denver Post. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  19. ^ "Baumgardner tops White in GOP state Senate primary". Summit Daily. June 26, 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  20. ^ Bartels, Lynn (26 June 2013). "Sen. Jean White: "His lies beat my truth"". Denver Post. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  21. ^ "Colorado State Senate 2012 Election Results". Denver Post. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 

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