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|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 3rd district
January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||John Salazar|
|Member of the Colorado House of Representatives
from the 58th district
January 9, 2009 – January 2, 2011
|Preceded by||Ray Rose|
|Succeeded by||Don Coram|
November 9, 1956 |
Española, New Mexico
|Alma mater||Fort Lewis College
|Occupation||Politician; Small Businessman|
|Website||Scott Tipton for Congress|
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.
Early life 
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 W. Bush. A former Montezuma County GOP Chairman, Scott served as the Republican Chairman of the 3rd Congressional District for eight years.
Colorado legislature 
2008 election 
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. 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 Denver Post and the Montrose Daily Press,  but Tipton won the race with 59 percent of the popular vote.
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.
Committee assignments 
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 defeated Salazar 50.10% to 45.76%.
Tipton's campaign against his challenger has been aided by $1.3 million in advertising support from Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform. SG Interests, a Texas oil and gas company seeking to drill in the Thompson Divide area, has also run a campaign against Tipton's opponent.
Tipton is a signer of Americans for Tax Reform’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Americans for Tax Reform has bought $1.3 million in advertisements on behalf of Tipton. Tipton is an ardent supporter of the Ryan Budget, having voted for it twice.
Committee assignments 
- Committee on Agriculture
- Committee on Natural Resources
- Committee on Small Business
Tipton has faced several ethics complaints during his time in office. As Congressman, he steered taxpayer dollars and government contracts to a company owned by his nephew. Tipton used taxpayer dollars to promote a campaign event, and also wrote an apology letter to the House Ethics Committee after it became known that his daughter was using his name in an effort to secure government contracts from other Congressional offices.
Additionally, a Super PAC funded by oil and gas driller SG Interests is registered at the address of Tipton’s campaign attorney and run by a law clerk in his office. It is illegal for Super PACs and campaigns to coordinate in any way.
Personal life 
Tipton and his wife Jean have been married for 30 years and have two daughters, Liesl and Elizabeth.
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- U.S. Congressman Scott Tipton official U.S. House site
- Scott Tipton 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
- Entry at NNDB
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 3rd congressional district
January 3, 2011 – present
|United States order of precedence|
|United States Representatives by seniority