|United States Senator
January 7, 1997 – January 3, 2009
|Preceded by||Hank Brown|
|Succeeded by||Mark Udall|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 4th district
January 3, 1991 – January 2, 1997
|Preceded by||Hank Brown|
|Succeeded by||Bob Schaffer|
|Born||Alan Wayne Allard
December 2, 1943
Fort Collins, Colorado
|Alma mater||Colorado State University|
Alan Wayne Allard (born December 2, 1943) is a member of the Republican Party, and was a United States Senator from Colorado. He did not seek re-election in 2008. He currently works at The Livingston Group, a Washington D.C. lobbying firm.
Allard was born in Fort Collins, Colorado, the son of Sibyl Jean (née Stewart) and Amos Wilson Allard. He is descended from immigrants from Canada and Scotland. He was raised on a ranch near Walden, Colorado. He received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University in 1968.
Allard continued to run a veterinary practice full-time, while representing Larimer and Weld counties in the Colorado State Senate, from 1983 to 1990. During his tenure he was a strong supporter of fiscal responsibility and the preservation of a citizen legislature. Allard's influence on local politics is still felt today as he is the sponsor of Colorado's law limiting state legislative sessions to 120 days.
U.S. House of Representatives
Allard served in the United States House of Representatives from Colorado's Fourth Congressional District from 1991 to 1997. As a Colorado Representative, Allard served on the Joint Committee on Congressional Reform, which recommended many of the reforms included in the Contract with America. These reforms became some of the first to be passed by the Republican controlled Congress in 1995 and were the key to their platform.
In 1996, Allard was elected to the United States Senate, defeating Tom Strickland by five percentage points. He made a pledge at the time to serve just two terms in the Senate before retiring. In 2002, he was re-elected, defeating Strickland again by the same margin.
In the 110th Congress, Allard served on the following committees:
- United States Senate Committee on Appropriations (of which he was Ranking Minority member of the Legislative Branch subcommittee);
- United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs (of which he was Ranking Minority member of the Securities, Insurance, and Investment subcommittee);
- United States Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the
- United States Senate Committee on the Budget
The Rocky Mountain News reported that Allard was a "hard-working advocate for Colorado interests." Upon his retirement, The Denver Post stated that "While we didn't always agree with Sen. Wayne Allard on policy matters, we never doubted that he was working hard for Colorado."
On January 15, 2007 Allard announced he would fulfill a 1996 campaign promise to serve only two Senate terms and would retire in January 2009.
In April 2007, Allard announced his endorsement of Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination for President of the United States. He switched his endorsement to John McCain once he secured his spot as the presumptive Republican nominee.
Allard was a co-sponsor of the James Peak Wilderness Bill, which created a 14,000-acre (57 km2) preserve around James Peak, and added 3,000 acres (12 km2) to the Indian Peak Protection Area. He also sponsored legislation which created Colorado's 85,000-acre (340 km2) Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Allard was also chairman and founder of the Senate Renewable Energy and Efficiency Caucus.
In 2006, the environmental group Republicans for Environmental Protection praised Allard for his support of legislation to make the Army Corps of Engineers more accountable for its projects' environmental and economic impact, but censured him for supporting oil drilling both offshore and in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The nonpartisan League of Conservation Voters issued Allard a grade of 29% for 2006.
While working in Congress, Allard consistently asserted that the federal government unnecessarily spends too much money. During his Senate career, his office has returned $4.2 million of its collective budget. Allard was considered to be one of the most firmly anti-tax politicians in Washington. He campaigned on the goal of repealing marriage, inheritance, and capital gains taxes.
While completing veterinary school, Allard married Joan Malcolm, who received her degree in microbiology, also from CSU. They then founded their veterinary practice, the Allard Animal Hospital. The Allards raised their two daughters, Christi and Cheryl, in Loveland, Colorado, and have five grandsons. He is a Protestant.
In 2007, Allard authored Colorado's U.S. Senators: A Biographical Guide. The book was published by Fulcrum Publishing.
Role in the Senate
- Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
- Subcommittee on Children and Families
- Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety
- Committee on the Budget
- Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
- Securities, Insurance, and Investment Subcommittee (Ranking Member)
- Financial Institutions Subcommittee
- Housing, Transportation, and Community Development Subcommittee
- Committee on Appropriations
- Interior Subcommittee(Ranking Member)
- Legislative Branch Subcommittee
- Energy and Water Development Subcommittee
- Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee
- Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee
- Transportation/HUD Subcommittee
|United States House of Representatives elections, 1990|
|Democratic||Richard R. "Dick" Bond||75,901||45.95%|
|United States House of Representatives elections, 1992|
|Republican||Wayne Allard (inc.)||139,884||57.84%|
|United States House of Representatives elections, 1994|
|Republican||Wayne Allard (inc.)||136,251||72.30%|
1996 Race for U.S. Senate — Republican Primary
- Wayne Allard (R), 57%
- Gale Norton (R), 43%
|United States Senate election in Colorado, 1996|
|Natural Law||Randy MacKenzie||41,620||2.85%|
|United States Senate election in Colorado, 2002|
|Republican||Wayne Allard (inc.)||717,893||50.70%||-0.71%|
- Vincent Carroll, On Point: Wrong call on Allard, The Rocky Mountain News, April 18, 2006.
- "National Journal's 2007 Vote Ratings"
- Paulson, Steven (January 15, 2007). "Report: Sen. Allard won't seek 3rd term". Associated Press. Archived from the original on 2007-01-17. Retrieved 2007-01-15.
- Governor Mitt Romney Announces Support of Senator Wayne Allard Romney for President, Inc. Press Releases. April 16, 2007 Retrieved April 16, 2007
- Senator Wayne Allard Endorses John McCain for President
- Sen. Allard details stance on environment | AspenTimes.com
- Republicans for Environmental Protection 2006 Scorecard Archived 21 July 2007 at WebCite
- ibid. Archived 21 July 2007 at WebCite
- League of Conservation Voters 2006 Scorecard
- 1990 Election Results
- 1992 Election Results
- 1994 Election Results
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Wayne Allard.|
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- New York Times — Wayne Allard News collected news and commentary
- SourceWatch Congresspedia — Wayne Allard profile
- 2008 Colorado Senate Race, at 2008RaceTracker.com
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 4th congressional district
|United States Senate|
|U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Colorado
Served alongside: Ben Nighthorse Campbell, Ken Salazar
|Party political offices|
|Republican Party nominee for United States Senator from Colorado (Class 2)