Jason Crow

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Jason Crow
Jason Crow, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 6th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byMike Coffman
Personal details
Born (1979-03-15) March 15, 1979 (age 40)
Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Deserai Anderson
Children2
EducationUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison (BA)
University of Denver (JD)
WebsiteHouse website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service2002–2006
RankArmy-USA-OF-02.svg Captain
Unit82nd Airborne Division
75th Ranger Regiment
Battles/warsIraq War
War in Afghanistan
AwardsBronze Star Medal ribbon.svg Bronze Star

Jason A. Crow[1] (born March 15, 1979) is an American lawyer, veteran, and politician who is a member of the United States House of Representatives for Colorado's 6th congressional district. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district includes several of Denver's suburbs, such as Aurora, Littleton, Centennial and Thornton.

Early life and education[edit]

Crow was born in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1979.[2] He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and his Juris Doctor from the University of Denver's Sturm College of Law in 2009.[3][4]

Career[edit]

Crow is a former U.S. Army Ranger. He served three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Crow took part in the Battle of Samawah in 2003 as a platoon leader in the 82nd Airborne Division; for his actions during the battle, he was awarded the Bronze Star. Crow served on the Colorado Board of Veterans Affairs from 2009-2014. After service, Crow became partner with the Holland and Hart Law Firm.[5] In 2015 Crow was awarded the University of Denver’s Ammi Hyde Award for Recent Graduate Achievement.[6]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

On April 17, 2017, Crow announced his intention to run to represent Colorado's 6th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives.[7][8] In the Democratic primary Crow ran against progressive businessman Levi Tillemann.[9] Crow defeated incumbent Republican Mike Coffman in the general election on November 6.[10] Crow received 54% of the vote, and won 2 out of the 3 counties in the district.[11][12] He is the first Democrat to represent the district since its creation in 1981-82.

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Electoral History[edit]

Democratic primary results, Colorado 2018[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jason Crow 49,851 65.93%
Democratic Levi Tillemann 25,757 34.07%
Total votes 75,608 100%
Colorado's 6th congressional district results, 2018[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jason Crow 187,639 54.10%
Republican Mike Coffman (incumbent) 148,685 42.87%
Libertarian Kat Martin 5,886 1.70%
Independent Dan Chapin 4,607 1.33%
Write-in 5 <0.01%
Total votes 346,822 100%
Democratic gain from Republican

Political positions[edit]

Gun control[edit]

Crow vocalized support for gun control reform while campaigning for the House of Representatives.[15] On February 28, 2019, he voted for the Bipartisan Background Checks Act (H.R.8) after cosponsoring the bill.[16] H.R.8, if passed, will require unlicensed gun sellers to conduct background checks on gun buyers. Crow is also a cosponsor of the Assault Weapon Ban Act (H.R.1296), which would limit access to guns that are considered assault weapons.[16]

Special interests[edit]

Crow refused corporate PAC money during his campaign. He is a sponsor of the For the People Act of 2019, which would end gerrymandering and create automatic voter registration if passed.[17] The For the People Act of 2019 would also prevent Congress members from serving on corporate boards. The bill also seeks to eliminate dark money contributions.[17][18]

Impeachment[edit]

On September 23, 2019 Crow was one of seven freshmen lawmakers who shared an opinion essay in The Washington Post voicing their support for an impeachment inquiry. In interviews Crow said it was important that "the inquiry stay focused and proceed efficiently."[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Attorney Information". www.coloradosupremecourt.com.
  2. ^ "Candidate Conversation - Jason Crow (D) | News & Analysis". Inside Elections. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  3. ^ "Jason Crow bio: Get to know the Democrat running in Colorado's 6th Congressional District". Coloradosun.com. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  4. ^ Your Name * (August 31, 2015). "University of Denver MagazineDU Law alum continues quest for learning | University of Denver Magazine". Magazine.du.edu. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  5. ^ Scott, Ramsey (July 12, 2017). "Democrat Jason Crow set to move into 6th Congressional District to boost challenge to Coffman". Sentinel Colorado. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  6. ^ The Denver Post, "People on the Move," 6 April 2015 [1]
  7. ^ "Denver attorney Jason Crow to challenge Mike Coffman in 2018". The Denver Post. April 11, 2017. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  8. ^ "Democrat Jason Crow to challenge Coffman in Colorado's 6th". Washington Post. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  9. ^ "A secret recording, a Bronze Star and "The Royal Tenenbaums" — the Democratic race to unseat Mike Coffman is flush with personality, politics". The Denver Post. May 23, 2018. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  10. ^ "Democrat Jason Crow defeats 5-term Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman | FOX31 Denver". Kdvr.com. Associated Press. November 6, 2018. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  11. ^ contact@scytl.com, scytl. "Election Night Reporting". results.enr.clarityelections.com. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  12. ^ "Colorado Election Results: Sixth House District". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  13. ^ "2018 Colorado Democratic primary election results". Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  14. ^ Cite error: The named reference General Election was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  15. ^ Nielsen, Ella. "Democratic House candidate Jason Crow thinks he can run on gun control - and win"Vox April 17, 2018. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  16. ^ a b "Rep. Jason Crow Votes to Pass Universal Background Checks" (Press release). Washington D.C. February 27, 2019. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  17. ^ a b "Rep. Jason Crow Sponsors Bill To End Gerrymandering, 'Dark Money'". CBS Denver. January 9, 2019. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  18. ^ Montellaro, Zach. "House passes sweeping election reform bill". POLITICO.
  19. ^ The Denver Post, "Trump gives swing-district Democrats like Jason Crow new cause to back inquiry," 8 Oct 2019[2]

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Mike Coffman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 6th congressional district

2019–present
Incumbent
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Dan Crenshaw
United States Representatives by seniority
357th
Succeeded by
Joe Cunningham