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Mark Udall
MarkUdall-Senate Portrait.jpg
United States Senator
from Colorado
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2009
Serving with Michael Bennet
Preceded by Wayne Allard
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1999 – January 3, 2009
Preceded by David Skaggs
Succeeded by Jared Polis
Member of the Colorado House of Representatives
from the 13th district
In office
1996–1998
Preceded by Peggy Lamm
Succeeded by Tom Plant
Personal details
Born Mark Emery Udall
(1950-07-18) July 18, 1950 (age 64)
Tucson, Arizona
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Maggie L. Fox
Children Jed Udall
Tess Udall
Residence Eldorado Springs, Colorado
Alma mater Williams College (B.A.)
Occupation Outward Bound instructor
Religion Unaffiliated[1][2]
Signature
Website www.markudall.com

Mark Emery Udall (born July 18, 1950) is an American politician and the senior United States Senator from Colorado, in office since 2009. He is a Democrat. Previously he served in the United States House of Representatives, representing Colorado's 2nd congressional district. Prior to being elected to Congress, he represented parts of Boulder, Colorado in the Colorado House of Representatives.

A member of the Democratic Party, throughout his career he has proposed legislation to support renewable energy, expand national parks, and protect natural resources. Born in Tucson, Arizona, he is the son of former U.S. Representative Morris "Mo" Udall. A member of the Udall family, a western American political family, his relatives include New Mexico's Tom Udall and Utah's Mike Lee.

Family, early life, and education[edit]

The Blue Peter nautical flag which indicates a vessel is "Outward Bound" is used as the program's symbol.
See also: Udall family

Mark Udall was born in Tucson, Arizona to Patricia J. (née Emery) and Morris "Mo" Udall, the U.S. Representative for Arizona's 2nd congressional district from 1961 to 1991, and candidate for the 1976 Democratic nominee for President. Udall attended and graduated from Canyon del Oro High School in 1968, where he was elected student body president.[3] Udall won the Arizona State Golf Championship Boy's division in 1968.[4]

Udall later graduated from Williams College in 1972 with a Bachelor of Arts in American civilization.[3] In 1976 Udall worked as a field coordinator for his father's campaign to win the Democratic nomination against Jimmy Carter.[5]

After college, Udall moved to Colorado and began his career with Outward Bound, a non-profit outdoor education organization.[6][7] For ten years Udall work as a course instructor, in which he would bring patrons on outdoor expeditions. After, Udall served as Outward Bound's Executive Director for ten years, after which Udall decided to retire, completing his twenty year career with Outward Bound.[8]

Colorado House of Representatives[edit]

In 1996, Udall was encouraged to run for the Colorado House of Representatives by Peggy Lamm of the 13th district, who had decided to retire.[9] After running a grassroots campaign in the swing district, Udall narrowly defeated Republican Drew Bolin to represent the Longmont and Boulder district.[10] During his two years in office, Udall served on the Judiciary and Agriculture Livestock & Natural Resources Committees.[11]

While in the Colorado House, Udall proposed legislation titled "Renewable Electricity Standard." It would have required at least 10% of energy consumed in Colorado to be provided by renewable sources rather than fossil fuels. The bill died in committee.[9] Udall chose not to run for re-election, instead decided to run for the United States Congress. He was succeeded by fellow Democrat, Tom Plant.[10]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

After one term in the Colorado House of Representatives, Udall opted to run Colorado's 2nd congressional district, which was being vacated by incumbent David Skaggs. Udall ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, and faced the Republican nominee, Boulder, Colorado Mayor Bob Greenlee in the general election. The race was unexpectedly close, with Udall narrowly winning, 49-47%. Udall was consecutively elected to five terms in the House, without major opposition. He was eventually succeeded by Jared Polis, after he decided to run for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Republican, Wayne Allard.[12]

U.S. Senate[edit]

Elections[edit]

2004

In 2004, Udall announced his candidacy for the Senate seat which was being vacated by Ben Nighthorse Campbell. However, the following day Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar announced his candidacy as well. Udall bowed out out of the race and endorsed Salazar.[13]

2008
Senate election results by County.

On January 15, 2007, incumbent Senator Wayne Allard announced he would not run for a third term.[14] Later that year, in April Udall announced his campaign for the Senate.[15] Udall became the Democratic nominee for the race after running unopposed in the primary.[16] In the general election, Udall faced former U.S. Representative Republican Bob Schaffer. By August 28, 2008, over $10 million had been spent on attack ads against Udall by political parties and political action committees, an amount higher than in any other Senate race that year.[17]

The race was especially competitive, with Democrats wanting to expand their majority as much as possible due to that year's presidential election.[18] While both CQ Politics[19] and The Rothenberg Political Report[20] estimated Udall would win, and The Cook Political Report considered it a 'Toss Up,'[21] Udall maintained a steady lead in the polls, but with neither candidate usually topping 50%.[22] Udall described the race as "the toughest climb I've ever taken."[18] On November 4, Udall won the election with 52% of the vote.

2014

On January 7, 2013 Udall announced he was running for re-election.[23] Udall was unopposed in the Democratic primary, and will face Republican U.S. Representative Cory Gardner in the general election. Despite being heavily favored to win in early polls, around September Gardner gained and has held a steady lead since.[24]

In February 2014, Udall's campaign received a lien from the state of Colorado for failure to pay unemployment insurance.[25]

In July 2014, President Obama headlined a fundraiser for Udall's campaign.[26]

Senate tenure[edit]

Less than one month after taking office in the Senate, newly elected President Barack Obama nominated senior Colorado Senator Ken Salazar to serve as his Secretary of the Interior. After his confirmation, Udall became the Senate's most junior, senior Senator.[27]

Committee assignments[edit]

Political positions[edit]

Agriculture[edit]

In February 2014, Udall voted for the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, a $1 trillion bill that ended direct payments to farmers but expanded crop insurance by $7 billion over the next decade, and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that will kick in if or when prices drop, and cut food stamp subsidies for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[28][29]

Domestic security[edit]

Udall has been an opponent of the National Security Agency's (NSA) mass surveillance programs.[30]

After the September 11 attacks, the one-term Representative Udall was one of 66 House members to vote against the Patriot Act.[3] In 2011, Udall voted against reauthorizing the Patriot Act.[31]

Following the revelation of of the NSA's mass surveillance of Americans, Udall has been an advocate for reform.[32][33] Udall, along with Senators Ron Wyden and Rand Paul, published an Op-ed in the Los Angeles Times expressing their collective desire to "end the dragnet — and to affirm that we can keep our nation secure without trampling on and abandoning Americans' constitutional rights."[34]

Udall has supported PRISM, a clandestine anti-terrorism mass electronic surveillance data mining program launched in 2007 by the National Security Agency (NSA); however, he has also expressed support for introduction of measures to reform and limit the scope of the Patriot Act; 'The Patriot Act should be reformed so Americans’ phone records do not get indiscriminately swept up in a federal government database.'[35]

In July 2014, Udall voted against the CISPA bill, a proposed law which would allow for the sharing of Internet traffic information between the U.S. government and technology and manufacturing companies, voicing his concerns that it "lacks adequate protections for the privacy rights."[36]

Udall has expressed his support for Edward Snowden returning to America to "make his case."[37] After reports that the Central Intelligence Agency improperly spied on U.S. Senators, Udall called for the resignation of Agency Director John O. Brennan.[38]

Economy[edit]

Udall voted for the Employee Free Choice Act in 2007, which would have eliminated secret ballot in voting to unionize businesses, and said that he supported the measure because the National Labor Relations Board would be the best forum to deal with concerns raised by the bill's opponents.[39]

On February 13, 2009, Udall voted to pass the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (commonly referred to as The Stimulus or The Recovery Act).[40]

In December 2010, Udall was one of seven Democrats to vote against a deal to extend the Bush tax cuts for two years as well as fund unemployment benefits for an additional 13 months, having stated, "Days after the most substantive national conversation we've had about addressing the debt, the debate suddenly has turned to extending tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires that — alone — will cost $700 billion over the next decade."[41]

Energy and environment[edit]

In 2004, Udall helped lead a statewide ballot initiative (Amendment 37) to adopt the Renewable Electricity Standard, a standard he originally introduced in the Colorado House of Representatives. Working with the Republican Colorado House Speaker, the measure mandating 10% of energy consumed be from renewable sources, passed by a close margin 52% to 48%.[42][43][44]

Udall has supported tax breaks for renewable energy and the expansion of national parks.[45][unreliable source?][46][unreliable source?] Udall has a lifetime rating of 97% from the League of Conservation Voters.[47]

Throughout his career Udall has introduced the "Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act," which was passed in 2011. The act allows ski resorts to offer activities in the summer.[48][3] In 2009, Udall introduced legislation to address the environmental damage caused by the pine beetle infestation in Colorado's forests, in what Udall described as one of the "biggest natural disasters."[49]

In July 2014, Udall came out in opposition of two Colorado ballot initiative that would have limited hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking", and created an "Environmental Bill of Rights." While his opposition to the initiative aligned him Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, it put him at odds with the main proponent of the bills and his House district successor, Jared Polis.[50] Udall has repeatedly voted against the Keystone XL pipeline, having said that he wants to wait until a technical review of the project by the State Department is complete.[51]

Gun control[edit]

One week after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Colorado Senators Udall and Michael Bennet came out in support of a federal ban on automatic weapons.[52] On the issue, Udall commented "if we can save one child in the future from being killed in such a way, I’m ready to push those kinds of policies."[53] On April 17, 2013 Udall supported a failed amendment to expand background checks for gun purchases.[54]

In 2009, Udall upset gun control advocates for supporting an amendment that would have allowed concealed weapons to be transported across state lines.[55][3]

Health policy[edit]

In December 2009, Udall voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[56][57]

In November 2013, Udall was critical of the Colorado Division of Insurance concerning the Division's estimates of the number of Colorado residents whose medical insurance was cancelled in response to the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.[58][59] Udall's office wanted the Division to lower the number from 250,000 because it believed the majority of individuals counted had received renewal options. The Division refused to change the numbers. Administrators at the Colorado Division of Insurance said they felt pressured by members of Udall's staff to change their estimates of policy cancellations.[60]

A panel which investigated the matter concluded Udall's office behaved appropriately. The investigation was criticized because the chair was appointed by Democratic governor John Hickenlooper; all other members of the panel were selected by the chair. The chair initially refused to name the other members of the panel, and no written records were created during its investigation.[59]

Cannabis[edit]

Although Senator to the first state to legalize the recreational sale of marijuana, Udall took no official stance on Colorado Amendment 64 during its campaign.[61] After Amendment 64 and Washington state's similar initiative passed in 2012, Udall and the Senate delegations from Washington addressed a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, imploring them to "let this experiment unfold," as Udall characterized it.[62]

Personal life[edit]

Udall is a lifelong mountaineer.

Udall is married to Maggie Fox, a prominent environmental lawyer who previously served as CEO of The Climate Reality Project.[12] The two met while working at Outward Bound, and were married in 1982.[63][9] Together the two have two children, Jed and Tess.[8][3] An accomplished golfer, Udall has since become known as one of Congress' better players.[64] In 1972, Udall was arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession. He served a night in jail and paid a $300 fine.[65]

Udall has said "there isn't a Coloradan out there who doesn't cycle, hunt, hike... We're an outdoor state. It fits our worldview, and it’s how we define ourselves.”[7]An experienced mountaineer, Udall has climbed many peaks during his work as an Outward Bound instructor, and in his personal life. Udall has climbed Colorado's 100 tallest peaks, known as "The Colorado Centennials," as well as Mount Kangchenjunga in the Himalayas and Mount Aconcagua, the highest peak in South America. He has also attempted Mount Everest multiple times.[66][67][7][3]

Udall's 61-year-old brother, Randy Udall, went missing on June 26, 2013 after going on a solo hike in Wyoming's Wind River Range.[68] On July 3, 2013 a body, later identified as that of Randy Udall, was found approximately 80 miles southeast of Grand Teton National Park.[69]

Electoral history[edit]

Year Office District Democrat Republican
1996 Colorado House of Representatives 13th District Mark Udall 50% Drew Bolin 45%
1998[70] U.S. House of Representatives Colorado's 2nd District Mark Udall 49% Bob Greenlee 47%
2000[71] U.S. House of Representatives Colorado's 2nd District Mark Udall 55% Carolyn Cox 38%
2002[72] U.S. House of Representatives Colorado's 2nd District Mark Udall 61% Sandy Hume 37%
2004[73] U.S. House of Representatives Colorado's 2nd District Mark Udall 67% Stephen Hackman 30%
2006[74] U.S. House of Representatives Colorado's 2nd District Mark Udall 68% Rich Mancuso 28%
2008 U.S. Senate Colorado (Class 2) Mark Udall 52% Bob Schaffer 42%
2014 U.S. Senate Colorado (Class 2) Mark Udall Cory Gardner

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
David E. Skaggs
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 2nd congressional district

1999–2009
Succeeded by
Jared Polis
United States Senate
Preceded by
Wayne Allard
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Colorado
January 3, 2009 – present
Served alongside: Ken Salazar, Michael Bennet
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Tom Strickland
Democratic Party nominee for United States Senator from Colorado (Class 2)
2008, 2014
Current holder
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Roger Wicker
R-Mississippi
United States Senators by seniority
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Succeeded by
Tom Udall
D-New Mexico