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Doug Lamborn
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 5th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2007
Preceded byJoel Hefley
Member of the Colorado Senate
from the 9th district
In office
January 6, 1999 – January 3, 2007
Preceded byCharles Duke
Succeeded byDavid Schultheis
Member of the Colorado House of Representatives
from the 20th district
In office
January 9, 1995 – January 6, 1999
Preceded byCharles Duke
Succeeded byLynn Hefley
Personal details
Douglas Lawrence Lamborn

(1954-05-24) May 24, 1954 (age 70)
Leavenworth, Kansas, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Jeanie Lamborn
(m. 1977)
EducationUniversity of Kansas (BS, JD)
WebsiteHouse website

Douglas Lawrence Lamborn (born May 24, 1954) is an American attorney and politician serving as the U.S. representative for Colorado's 5th congressional district since 2007. He is a member of the Republican Party. His district is based in Colorado Springs.

On January 5, 2023, Lamborn announced he would not seek re-election in 2024.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Leavenworth, Kansas, Lamborn attended Lansing High School, in Lansing, Kansas. After graduation, he earned a B.S. in journalism from the University of Kansas in 1978 and J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1985. He moved to Colorado Springs and became a private attorney focusing on business and real estate law.[1][2]

Colorado Legislature[edit]


In 1994, Lamborn was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives. In 1998, he was elected to the Colorado State Senate.

He was elected Republican House Whip in 1997. He was elected Senate President Pro-tem in 1999. Lamborn served in the Colorado Senate until winning a seat in the United States Congress.[3]


While in the State Senate Lamborn sponsored the largest tax cut in Colorado State history,[4] and was named the highest-ranking tax cutter in the Senate five times by a conservative activist group called the Colorado Union of Taxpayers.[3]

Committee assignments[edit]

Lamborn was the ranking Republican on the Colorado State Military and Veterans Affairs, and Appropriations committees.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]



On February 16, 2006, Joel Hefley announced he would retire after 10 terms in Congress.[5]

In the Republican primary to succeed him, Hefley backed his longtime aide, former Administrative Director Jeff Crank. In the August 8, 2006, election, Lamborn narrowly defeated Crank and four other candidates to win the nomination in a contentious race. He ran on conservative positions:[6] opposing gun control, abortion except when the mother's life is threatened, federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, denying public benefits to illegal immigrants, and new eminent domain rulings.[7]

Lamborn defeated Lieutenant Colonel Jay Fawcett, the Democratic nominee for the open seat in Colorado's 5th congressional district, on November 7, 2006.


Jeff Crank and Major General Bentley Rayburn[8] both challenged Lamborn in the 2008 Republican primary. Both lost to Lamborn in the 2006 primary. Lamborn won the primary election on August 12, 2008, with 45 percent[9] of the 56,171 votes cast. Crank got 29 percent and Rayburn got 26 percent.

Lamborn defeated Democratic challenger Lieutenant Colonel Hal Bidlack in the 2008 election.


Lamborn was challenged by Democratic nominee Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Bradley. He won re-election.


Lamborn was challenged in the Republican primary by businessman Robert Blaha. Lamborn won 62–38 percent.[10] He had the support of Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum political action committee.[11]


Lamborn was challenged by Democratic nominee Major General Irv Halter. He won with 59.8% of the vote.[12]


In January 2018, Lamborn announced he would run for reelection in the 2018 elections. After a Colorado High Court ruling initially disqualified him from appearing on the June primary ballot due to questions of signatures and residency, he was reinstated on the ballot when a federal judge ruled in his favor, citing his First Amendment claim.[13] He faced and defeated three challengers in the Republican primary.[14] He won the general election.[15]


On January 9, Lamborn declared his candidacy for an eighth House term.[16] He qualified for the primary ballot in March with over 2,000 valid signatures and won the June 30 primary unopposed.[17] In the November general election, Lamborn defeated Democratic nominee Jillian Freeland.[18]


Lamborn in 2019

An office of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency was established in Colorado Springs in Lamborn's district. The office opened in February 2009 and increased immigration enforcement agents in the area from two to ten. "The immediate need is to address those that have committed a crime and make sure they're sent out of the country", Lamborn said. This would not place in jeopardy employers who hire illegal immigrants in the first place or who pay these workers without any withholding tax or below the minimum wage.[19]

There has also been a Brigade Combat Team in his district since December 2007. The Brigade Combat Team consisting of almost 5,000 soldiers, their families, support personnel as well as increased military construction.[20]

Congressional Quarterly said that through the first August recess, Lamborn had voted by strict party lines the most of any House member and more than any other Republican.[6]

He led an effort among conservative Republicans to force the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to discard proposed regulations that would have affected accessibility to small arms ammunition, which were opposed by Second Amendment groups.[21]

In February 2010, the National Journal named Lamborn the most conservative member of the House of Representatives.[22]

Lamborn is one of the House Republicans leading the effort against public funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and NPR (National Public Radio). "I have been seeking to push Big Bird out of the nest for over a year, based on the simple fact that we can no longer afford to spend taxpayer dollars on nonessential government programs. It's time for Big Bird to earn his wings and learn to fly on his own." [23]

On August 24, 2007, Jonathan Bartha, who works for Focus on the Family (headquartered in Colorado Springs), and his wife Anna wrote a letter to the editor in a community newspaper expressing concerns about Lamborn's opposition to more restrictions on dogfighting. They were also concerned he had taken several campaign contributions from the gaming industry. A few days later, Lamborn allegedly left two voicemails threatening "consequences" if they didn't renounce their "blatantly false" letter. He also said that he would be "forced to take other steps" if the matter wasn't resolved "on a Scriptural level." The Barthas were shocked by the messages, and Anna Bartha called Lamborn's behavior "not anything we would ever anticipate an elected official would pursue."[24]

As a freshman representative, Lamborn introduced legislation directing the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a national cemetery for veterans in the Pikes Peak region of Colorado.[25] On September 20, 2017, the Veterans Administration awarded a $31.8 million contract to G&C Fab-Con, LLC, to begin construction on the Pikes Peak National Cemetery in Colorado Springs.[26]

Lamborn is a signer of Americans for Tax Reform's Taxpayer Protection Pledge.[27]

In 2008 Lamborn signed a pledge sponsored by Americans for Prosperity promising to vote against any global warming legislation that would raise taxes.[28]

Lamborn voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.[29] He said the bill would benefit craft beer breweries, many of which are in Colorado.[30] Lamborn claimed the bill simplified the tax code such that people would be filing taxes by "sending a postcard". The tax filing process remained the same.[31]

On July 29, 2011, Lamborn appeared on a Denver radio program to discuss the debt crisis and the failure of Democrats and Republicans to reach a compromise on the problem. He said, "Now, I don't even want to have to be associated with President Obama. It's like touching a tar baby and you get it, you're stuck, and you're a part of the problem now and you can't get away."[32] The term tar baby is sometimes considered a racial slur used for African-Americans. Former Colorado House Speaker Terrance Carroll, an African-American, replied, "Looking beyond the fact that Congressman Lamborn's entire comment is nonsensical, his use of the term 'tar baby' is unfortunate because [of] the historical connotation of that term when used in conjunction with African Americans."[33]

On August 1, 2011, Lamborn apologized for his use of the slur. "When I said 'tar baby', I was talking economic quagmire that our country is finding ourselves in because of poor economic policy from the White House. I could have used a better term."[34]

On January 23, 2012, Lamborn announced he would not attend Obama's State of the Union address. According to his spokeswoman Catherine Mortenson, "Congressman Lamborn is doing this to send a clear message that he does not support the policies of Barack Obama, that they have hurt our country", and believed Obama was "in full campaign mode and will use the address as an opportunity to bash his political opponents."[35]

On April 11, 2013, Lamborn read out in an open session broadcast on C-SPAN an unclassified section from a classified report on North Korean nuclear capabilities. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs refused to confirm the classified report.[36] The Pentagon later confirmed that the Defense Intelligence Agency had marked that sentence as unclassified mistakenly.[37]

Lamborn is one of the 80 members of the House who signed a letter to the Speaker urging the threat of a government shutdown to defund Obamacare. This group was named the "Suicide Caucus".[38] He voted against the measure that finally ended the shutdown on October 16, 2013.[39]

On September 13, 2014, during a question & answer part of his speech, Lamborn made controversial remarks about Obama's foreign policy. Lamborn said, "A lot of us are talking to the generals behind the scenes, saying, 'Hey, if you disagree with the policy that the White House has given you, let's have a resignation. You know, let's have a public resignation, and state your protest, and go out in a blaze of glory!'" [40]

Lamborn supported President Donald Trump's 2017 executive order to impose a temporary ban on entry to the U.S. to citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries. He said, "By taking steps to temporarily stop refugee admittance from nations that are hotbeds of terrorist activity, the President is taking prudent action to ensure that his national security and law enforcement teams have the strategies and systems in place that they will need to protect and defend America."[41]

Lamborn was among GOP members of the House who did not support Speaker Paul Ryan's March 2017 effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Seeking a more thorough repeal of the healthcare law, Lamborn said, "Right now Obamacare stays in place. That's bad for the American people and it doesn't leave Republicans an immediate opportunity to carry out their pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare. We need to regroup and very soon find a way to do that."[42] Town hall meetings in April 2017 underscored the tension of Lamborn's relationship with the initial policies of the Trump Administration and voters in Lamborn's district.[43]

Lamborn was one of only two members of the Colorado delegation to vote to reject Pennsylvania's Electoral College votes in the 2020 presidential election, even after the violent takeover of Congress by Trump supporters. On January 6, 2021, he voted against certifying the 2021 United States Electoral College vote count, citing unproven voter fraud claims.[44]


Lamborn supported Senate bill 2195, which would allow the President of the United States to deny visas to any ambassador to the United Nations who has been found to have been engaged in espionage or terrorist activity against the United States or its allies and may pose a threat to U.S. national security interests.[45]

The bill was written in response to Iran's choice of Hamid Aboutalebi as its ambassador.[46] Aboutalebi was controversial due to his involvement in the Iran hostage crisis, in which of a number of American diplomats from the U.S. embassy in Tehran were held captive in 1979.[46][47][48] Lamborn said that Iran's selection of Aboutalebi as its U.N. ambassador was "unconscionable and unacceptable". He argued that this legislation was needed to give the president the "authority he needs to deny this individual a visa."[46]

Committee assignments[edit]

For the 118th Congress:[49]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Political positions[edit]


Lamborn does not support increasing minimum wage and believes that at least 500,000 Americans will lose their jobs as a result of wage increases.[56] He supports social security reform.[56]


Lamborn does not support Common Core State Standards. He has described Common Core as "deeply flawed" and claimed that it "lowers educational standards," and removes parental influence over children's educations.[56]


Texas v. Pennsylvania[edit]

In December 2020, Lamborn was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives to sign an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden defeated[57] incumbent Donald Trump. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of an election held by another state.[58][59][60]


Lamborn believes federal fees that impact the energy industry regarding climate change should not exist.[56]

Gun policy[edit]

Lamborn does not support any new restrictions on gun sales.[56]


Lamborn has called the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) a "disaster." He supports the repeal, replacement and defunding of the program. He wants it to be replaced with unspecified "conservative, free-market solutions."[56]

He supports the reform of Medicare and says that it is a "wasteful entitlement."[56]

Social issues[edit]

Lamborn is anti-abortion,[56] "does not support amnesty of any kind", and supports further efforts to secure the border.[56] In 2015 in response to Christmas controversies, he introduced Resolution 564, receiving 35 cosponsors, to assert Christmas in public.[61]

Lamborn opposes the legalization of marijuana.[56]

Lamborn opposes same-sex marriage[56] and condemned the Supreme Court decision Obergefell v. Hodges, which held that same-sex marriage bans violate the constitution.[62]

COVID-19 lawsuit[edit]

A former aide in May 2021 filed a federal lawsuit under the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 accusing Lamborn of recklessly exposing staffers to the novel coronavirus and firing the aide when he raised objections. The lawsuit also alleges Lamborn allowed his son to live in the Capitol basement while he was relocating to Washington for work. The lawsuit also asserted that Lamborn often called the pandemic a "hoax," lied to a Capitol physician, asked aides to run family errands, including loading furniture to be moved to their vacation home, and had aides assist his son in completing applications for federal jobs. The suit alleges that staffers were instructed not to tell anyone, including their families, roommates and friends, that they had been in close contact with several office staffers who had tested positive for COVID-19 infection. Lamborn's office issued a statement denying the allegations.[63]

Electoral history[edit]


Republican primary[edit]

Colorado's 5th congressional district Republican primary, 2006[64]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug Lamborn 15,126 26.97
Republican Jeff Crank 14,234 25.38
Republican Bentley Rayburn 9,735 17.36
Republican Lionel Rivera 7,213 12.86
Republican John Wesley Anderson 6,474 11.54
Republican Duncan Bremer 3,310 5.90


United States House of Representatives elections, 2006[65]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug Lamborn 123,264 59.62
Democratic Jay Fawcett 83,431 40.35
Republican Richard D. Hand (write-in) 41 0.02
Democratic Brian X. Scott (write-in) 12 0.01
Republican Gregory S. Hollister (write-in) 8 0.00
Total votes 206,756 100
Republican hold


Republican primary[edit]

Colorado's 5th congressional district Republican primary, 2008[66]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug Lamborn (incumbent) 24,995 44.02
Republican Jeff Crank 16,794 29.58
Republican Bentley Rayburn 14,986 26.40
Total votes 56,775 100


United States House of Representatives elections, 2008[67]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug Lamborn (incumbent) 183,179 60.03
Democratic Hal Bidlack 113,027 37.04
Constitution Brian X. Scott 8,894 2.91
No party Richard D. Hand (write-in) 45 0.03
Total votes 305,142 100
Republican hold


Republican primary[edit]

Colorado's 5th congressional district Republican primary, 2010[68]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug Lamborn (incumbent) 60,906 100
Total votes 60,906 100


United States House of Representatives elections, 2010[69]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug Lamborn (incumbent) 152,829 65.75
Democratic Kevin Bradley 68,039 29.27
Constitution Brian X. Scott 5,886 2.53
Libertarian Jerrell Klaver 5,680 2.44
Total votes 232,434 100
Republican hold


Republican primary[edit]

Colorado's 5th congressional district Republican primary, 2012[70]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug Lamborn (incumbent) 43,929 61.72
Republican Robert Blaha 27,245 38.28
Total votes 71,174 100


United States House of Representatives elections, 2012[71]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug Lamborn (incumbent) 199,639 64.98
Independent Dave Anderson 53,318 17.35
Libertarian Jim Pirtle 22,778 7.41
Green Misha Luzov 18,284 5.95
Constitution Kenneth R. Harvell 13,312 4.33
Republican George Allen Cantrell (write-in) 6 0.00
Total votes 307,231 100
Republican hold


Republican primary[edit]

Colorado's 5th congressional district Republican primary, 2014[72]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug Lamborn (incumbent) 38,741 52.56
Republican Bentley Rayburn 34,967 47.44
Total votes 73,708 100


United States House of Representatives elections, 2014[73]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug Lamborn (incumbent) 157,182 59.78
Democratic Irv Halter 105,673 40.20
Total votes 262,855 100
Republican hold


Republican primary[edit]

Colorado's 5th congressional district Republican primary, 2016[74]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug Lamborn (Incumbent) 51,018 68.03
Republican Calandra Vargas 23,968 31.96
Total votes 74,986 100


United States House of Representatives elections, 2016[75]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug Lamborn (Incumbent) 225,445 62.28
Democratic Misty Plowright 111,676 30.85
Libertarian Mike McRedmond 24,872 6.87
Total votes 361,993 100
Republican hold


Republican primary[edit]

Colorado's 5th congressional district Republican primary, 2018[76]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug Lamborn (Incumbent) 54,974 52.15
Republican Darryl Glenn 21,479 20.38
Republican Owen Hill 19,141 18.16
Republican Bill Rhea 6,167 5.85
Republican Tyler Stevens 3,643 3.46
Total votes 105,404 100


United States House of Representatives elections, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug Lamborn (Incumbent) 184,002 57.02
Democratic Stephany Rose Spaulding 126,848 39.31
Libertarian Douglas Randall 11,795 3.65
Write-in 71 0.02
Total votes 322,716 100
Republican hold


Republican primary[edit]

Colorado's 5th congressional district Republican primary, 2020[77]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug Lamborn (incumbent) 104,302 100
Total votes 104,302 100


United States House of Representatives elections, 2020
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug Lamborn (Incumbent) 249,013 57.59
Democratic Jillian Freeland 161,600 37.37
Libertarian Ed Duffett 14,777 3.42
Independent Marcus Allen Murphy 3,708 0.86
Unity Rebecca Keltie 3,309 0.77
Total votes 432,407 100
Republican hold


Republican primary[edit]

Colorado's 5th congressional district Republican primary, 2022[78]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug Lamborn (incumbent) 46,178 47.32
Republican Dave Williams 32,669 33.47
Republican Rebecca Keltie 12,631 12.94
Republican Andrew Heaton 6,121 6.27
Total votes 97,599 100


United States House of Representatives elections, 2022
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug Lamborn (incumbent) 155,528 55.95
Democratic David Torres 111,978 40.29
Libertarian Brian Flanagan 7,079 2.55
American Constitution Christopher Mitchell 3,370 1.21
Independent Matthew Feigenbaum 9 0.00
Total votes 277,964 100
Republican hold


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