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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, U.S.
|Alma mater||Fort Lewis College|
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, Democratic incumbent John Salazar, whom he lost to by a wide margin, in 2006. He is a member of the Republican Party. 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 chairman of the Colorado Republican Party, from 1997 to 2008.
Early life and education
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 and graduated in 1978. After Ft. Lewis, he returned to Cortez and founded Mesa Verde Indian Pottery, which he co-owns with his brother, Joe.
Early political career
A lifelong Republican, he became involved in the unsuccessful Reagan presidential campaign of 1976 and was a delegate to the Republican Convention that year. He also assisted with local campaigns for Reagan in 1980 and 1984 across Montezuma County, Colorado and the 3rd Congressional district.
He held various roles for the campaigns of Scott McInnis, Ben Campbell, Bill Owens and George W. Bush. A former Montezuma County Republican chairman, he was also the party chairman of the 3rd Congressional District for eight years.
On February 5, 2008, he announced his candidacy for the Colorado House seat representing District 58. The announcement came shortly after the incumbent, Ray Rose, announced he would retire in 2008. He had no opposition in the Republican primary, but faced Democratic candidate 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 with 59 percent of the vote.
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
He again 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. He decided to retire from the Colorado House of Representatives to run for Congress in 2010, again challenging Salazar. In the Republican primary, he defeated Bob McConnell 56% to 44%. In the general election, he defeated Salazar 50.10% to 45.76%.
In 2012, he was challenged by Sal Pace, a Democratic state representative from Pueblo. His re-election campaign was aided by $1.3 million in advertising against Pace, funded by the Grover Norquist led, Americans for Tax Reform. SG Interests, an oil and gas company from Texas, that sought to drill in the Thompson Divide area, also campaigned against Pace.
He has signed Glover Norquist's Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Norquist's organization purchased $1.3 million in campaign advertising on Tipton's behalf. He has also supported the Ryan Plan, having twice voted for it.
- Committee on Agriculture
- Committee on Natural Resources
- Committee on Small Business
In 2011, it was reported that he spent over $7,000 on vendors that did business with his nephew's company. Also in 2011, Tipton 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. In 2012, he violated House rules when his office mistakenly used taxpayer resources to promote a campaign event.
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. Although it is a violation of election laws for super PACs and a candidate's campaign to coordinate their activities, Tipton's attorney said: “I have specifically put up Chinese walls to make sure Charlie (law clerk) is in no way involved with the Tipton campaign, and I’m in no way involved with the Colorado Future Fund.”
He and Jean Tipton have been married for over 30 years. They have two daughters, Liesl and Elizabeth.
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- Lawrence, Mike (2010-08-10). "Steamboat’s McConnell defeated in District 3, Scott Tipton wins GOP congressional primary, goes on to face Rep. John Salazar". Steamboat Pilot. Retrieved 2010-10-28. "With 70 percent of precincts reporting results Tuesday night, Tipton, a state representative from Cortez, had received 56 percent of votes across the 3rd Congressional District, compared with about 44 percent for McConnell."
- "ATR Announces 1.3 Million Dollar Ad Buy in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District". 12 Oct 2012. Retrieved 30 Oct 2012.
- "Driller starts super PAC to support Tipton". 29 Oct 2012. Retrieved 30 Oct 2012.
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- Joe Hanel (2012-10-17). "Pace dogged by $1.3 million ad buy". Durango Herald. Retrieved 2012-10-30.
- Peter Roper (2011-4-9). "Tipton defends GOP approach". Pueblo Chieftain. Retrieved 2012-10-30.
- "Colo. Rep. Tipton Facing Second Ethics Issue". TheDenverChannel.com. 2011-6-9. Retrieved 2012-10-30.
- Allison Sherry (2012-3-2). "Rep. Tipton violates House rules in promoting campaign event". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2012-10-30.
- "Driller starts super PAC to support Tipton". Durango Herald. 2012-10-29. Retrieved 2012-10-30.
- Congressman Scott Tipton official U.S. House site
- Scott Tipton for Congress
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Biography at Ballotpedia
- Biography at NNDB
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Congressional profile at GovTrack
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress
- Congressional profile at Roll Call
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information (federal office) at OpenSecrets.org
- Financial investments (personal) at The Washington Post
- Financial information (state office) at the National Institute for Money in State Politics
- Issue positions and quotes at On the Issues
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress
- 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 3rd congressional district
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