Scott Tipton

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Scott Tipton
Scott Tipton, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.JPG
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 3rd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded by John Salazar
Member of the Colorado House of Representatives
from the 58th district
In office
January 9, 2009 – January 2, 2011
Preceded by Ray Rose
Succeeded by Don Coram
Personal details
Born (1956-11-09) November 9, 1956 (age 60)
Española, New Mexico, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jean Tipton
Children Liesl
Elizabeth
Alma mater Fort Lewis College
Religion Anglican
Website Campaign website

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, to whom he lost by a wide margin in 2006. He is a member of the Republican Party. He was previously a member of the Colorado House of Representatives.

Early career[edit]

He used to be a co-owner of a pottery company in Cortez, Colorado.

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 and was Republican chairman of the 3rd Congressional district for eight years. He was a board member of Mesa Verde National Park, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, and the advisory board of Pueblo Community College.[citation needed]

Colorado legislature[edit]

2008 election[edit]

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,[1] but faced Democratic candidate Noelle Hagan in the November 2008 general election. Hagan's candidacy was endorsed by the Denver Post[2] and the Montrose Daily Press.[3] Tipton won the election with 59 percent of the vote.[4]

Tenure[edit]

With Representatives Laura Bradford and Frank McNulty, Tipton planned on re-introducing a version of Jessica's Law to establish minimum sentences for child sex offenders,[5] sponsoring bills to create a full-time judge position in Montrose[6][7] and to simplify water rights filing.[8] The attempt to introduce a version of Jessica's Law was unsuccessful, it dying in committee.[9]

Committee assignments[edit]

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.[10]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

2006

He unsuccessfully challenged the first term Democratic U.S. congressman, John Salazar. Tipton lost 38% to 62% for Salazar.[11]

2010

In the Republican primary, he defeated Bob McConnell 56% to 44%.[12] He again challenged 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.[13] In the general election, he defeated Salazar 50.10% to 45.76%.

2012

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.[14] SG Interests, an oil and gas company from Texas, that sought to drill in the Thompson Divide area, also campaigned against Pace.[15]

2014

In 2014, he was challenged by Democrat Abel Tapia, Libertarian Travis Mero and UNA candidate Tisha Cadia. He won with 56.14% of the vote.[16]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus Memberships

Political positions[edit]

Abortion rights[edit]

He opposes abortion.[17][18] He has repeatedly voted to defund Planned Parenthood.[19]

Budget[edit]

Tipton has said, "we have a problem with reckless spending across the board at the federal level."[18]

He has signed Grover Norquist's Taxpayer Protection Pledge,[20] and a pledge sponsored by Americans for Prosperity promising to vote against any Global Warming legislation that would raise taxes.[21] He has also supported the Ryan Plan, having twice voted for it.[22]

Donald Trump[edit]

Tipton expressed support for then-candidate Trump in March 2016.[23] When a recording surfaced in October 2016 of Trump having "an extremely lewd conversation about women" and describing actions that could be considered sexual assault, and with numerous Republicans rescinding their endorsements, Tipton did not rescind his endorsement.[24]

In February 2017, he voted against a resolution that would have directed the House to request 10 years of Trump's tax returns, which would then have been reviewed by the House Ways and Means Committee in a closed session.[25]

Energy and the environment[edit]

Tipton rejects the scientific consensus on climate change.[26] He argues that climate change is driven by natural climate cycles.[26] He opposes the Paris Agreement, the international agreement which mitigates greenhouse gas emissions.[18]

He opposes federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions.[17] He has a 8% score by the League of Conservation Voters.[27]

In 2010, while serving in the state legislature, Tipton voted against legislation to compel Xcel Energy to convert three coal power plants to natural gas power plants. He also voted against legislation to require electricity utilities to use more renewable energy.[28]

In 2016, Tipton wrote a draft bill on oil and gas drilling in the Thompson Divide that contained large sections taken "word for word" from a proposal offered by a SG Interests, a Texas-based energy company and its lobbying firm. Tipton's draft legislation (which he described as a "starting point") was criticized because of Tipton's receipt of $39,000 in campaign contributions from SG Interests over the course of his career.[29]

In January 2017, Tipton voted in favor of legislation that would make it easier to sell federal public lands. Tipton came under criticism from conservation groups for his vote.[30]

Healthcare[edit]

He is in favor of repealing the Affordable Care Act.[17] On May 4, 2017, he voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and pass the American Health Care Act.[31][32]

Foreign policy[edit]

He has criticized the Obama administration for inaction in the Middle East: "President Obama and Secretary Clinton’s inaction in the Middle East has emboldened Syria, Iran and Russia and led to the death and displacement of millions of Syrian civilians."[18]

Immigration and refugees[edit]

Tipton has said, "I strongly oppose amnesty or any special benefits for illegal immigrants".[33] He has criticized Obama for his executive order allowing up to five million illegal immigrants “to come out of the shadows” and work openly in the country.[33]

Tipton takes a "hardline stance" on the refugees of the Syrian Civil War and opposes the admission of Syrian refugees to the United States.[34] He has clashed with Governor John Hickenlooper about the resettlement of refugee families in Colorado.[34]

LGBT rights[edit]

He opposes same-sex marriage.[17] He has voted in favor of provisions which would allow federal contractors to discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation.[35]

Water[edit]

Tipton introduced the Water Rights Protection Act into the House on September 26, 2013. The bill would prevent federal agencies from requiring certain entities to relinquish their water rights to the United States in order to use public lands.[36] Tipton said the bill was needed because it "provides critical protection for water rights' holders from federal takings by ensuring that federal government agencies cannot extort private property rights through uneven-handed negotiations."[37] Tipton argued that the bill "prohibits federal agencies from pilfering water rights through the use of permits, leases, and other land management arrangements, for which it would otherwise have to pay just compensation under the 5th Amendment of the Constitution."[37]

Women's rights[edit]

He has voted against legislation that would protect women from pay discrimination, such as the Paycheck Fairness Act.[19]

Controversies[edit]

In 2011, it was reported that he spent over $7,000 on vendors that did business with his nephew's company.[38] 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.[39]

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."[40]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Colorado Statewide Cumulative Report - 2008 Primary Election". Colorado Secretary of State. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  2. ^ Editorial Board (October 17, 2008). "Post's picks in Colorado's House of Representatives". Denver Post. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  3. ^ Norris, Wendy; Bob Spencer (November 3, 2008). "State candidate endorsement watch". Colorado Independent. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  4. ^ "Colorado Statewide Cumulative Report - 2008 General Election". Colorado Secretary of State. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  5. ^ Anderson, Emily (November 24, 2008). "Jessica's Law bill gets state sponsors". Grand Junction Free Press. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  6. ^ Hanel, Joe (December 24, 2008). "Rep. Tipton's issues include roads, sexual assault, education". Cortez Journal. Archived from the original on July 28, 2011. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 
  7. ^ Mason, K.C. (January 7, 2009). "Budget Woes Will Handcuff Colorado Legislature". Telluride Watch. Retrieved 2009-01-10. 
  8. ^ Capps, Reilly (January 12, 2009). "Ahern may give it another go". Telluride Daily Planet. Retrieved 2009-02-04. 
  9. ^ Capps, Reilly (February 26, 2009). "Political accusations fly after Colorado's "Jessica's Law" dies". Telluride The Denver Post. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  10. ^ "House Republican Committee Assignments Announced" (Press release). Colorado House Democrats. November 18, 2008. 
  11. ^ Harmon, Gary (2010-08-03). "Salazar-Tipton rematch a different contest". Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. Retrieved 2010-10-28. 
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ Greg Giroux (2009-11-09). "Tipton Joins Race Against Salazar". Roll Call. Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
  14. ^ "ATR Announces 1.3 Million Dollar Ad Buy in Colorado's 3rd Congressional District". October 12, 2012. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Driller starts super PAC to support Tipton". October 29, 2012. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Colorado Secretary of State". Retrieved August 18, 2015. 
  17. ^ a b c d "The Voter's Self Defense System". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 2017-02-13. 
  18. ^ a b c d Sakas, Michael. "Colorado Congressional District 3 Race: Tipton, Schwartz And Kent On The Issues". Colorado Public Radio. Retrieved 2017-02-13. 
  19. ^ a b "EMILY's List Puts Rep. Scott Tipton "On Notice"". emilyslist.org. Retrieved 2017-02-13. 
  20. ^ "The Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers 112th Congressional List" (PDF). Americans for Tax Reform. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  21. ^ http://americansforprosperity.org/files/Tipton_Scott.pdf
  22. ^ Peter Roper (2011-04-09). "Tipton defends GOP approach". Pueblo Chieftain. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  23. ^ TEGNA. "Would Colorado GOP officials back Trump?". KUSA. Retrieved 2017-02-13. 
  24. ^ "Scott Tipton, J. Paul Brown stick with Donald Trump". durangoherald.com. Retrieved 2017-02-13. 
  25. ^ "These are all the Republicans who don't want you to see Donald Trump's tax returns". indy100. 2017-02-28. Retrieved 2017-03-01. 
  26. ^ a b ThinkProgress (2012-08-23). "GOP Rep Tipton Won't Acknowledge Human-Caused Climate Change Because It Would 'Divide America'". ThinkProgress. Retrieved 2017-02-13. 
  27. ^ "Check out Representative Scott Tipton's Environmental Voting Record". League of Conservation Voters Scorecard. Retrieved 2017-02-13. 
  28. ^ Mark K. Matthews, Lost coal jobs fuel debate in Gail Schwartz-Scott Tipton race on Western Slope, Denver Post (September 12, 2016).
  29. ^ Mark K. Matthews, Tipton proposal, largely written by oil and gas company, draws criticism, Denver Post (April 29, 2016).
  30. ^ "Rep. Scott Tipton vote spurs ire from public land supporters". durangoherald.com. Retrieved 2017-02-13. 
  31. ^ "How the House voted to pass the GOP health-care bill". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-05-04. 
  32. ^ "Health care vote puts pressure on dozens of vulnerable GOP reps". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2017-05-04. 
  33. ^ a b "Schwartz decries Tipton immigration stance, linking 'extreme' views to Trump - Rocky Mountain Post". Rocky Mountain Post. 2016-10-28. Retrieved 2017-02-13. 
  34. ^ a b Mark Matthews, Scott Tipton takes hardline stance on Syria, raises profile, Denver Post (November 18, 2015).
  35. ^ "List of 213 Republican members of the House who voted to allow federal contractors to discriminate against LGBT workers | What The Folly?!". Retrieved 2017-02-13. 
  36. ^ "H.R. 3189 - CBO". Congressional Budget Office. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  37. ^ a b Hudson, Audrey (October 11, 2013). "Tipton Bill Seeks to Stop Feds from Trampling Water Rights". The Colorado Observer. Retrieved March 12, 2014. 
  38. ^ "Colo. Rep. Tipton Facing Second Ethics Issue". TheDenverChannel.com. 2011-06-09. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  39. ^ Allison Sherry (2012-03-02). "Rep. Tipton violates House rules in promoting campaign event". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  40. ^ "Driller starts super PAC to support Tipton". Durango Herald. 2012-10-29. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Salazar
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 3rd congressional district

2011–present
Incumbent
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Preceded by
Steve Stivers
R-Ohio
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Succeeded by
Daniel Webster
R-Florida