Mike Coffman

Mike Coffman

COLORADO's 6th DISTRICT

Denver Post Editorial Board Endorses Coffman VA Hospital Reform Bill

2015/03/31

(Washington, D.C.) – The Denver Post editorial board has endorsed U.S. Representative Mike Coffman’s (R-CO) bill to get the Aurora VA hospital built by using VA bonus funds to cover the cost overruns.

“Beyond the outrage over the $1.73 billion cost estimate for the new Veterans Affairs hospital in Aurora, there is the reality that it still must be built,” wrote the Denver Post editorial board. “So how to pay for it?”

There is no easy solution to this problem, as the Post editorial says.

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Use VA Bonuses to Help Fund Aurora Aospital

2015/03/31

Beyond the outrage over the $1.73 billion cost estimate for the new Veterans Affairs hospital in Aurora, there is the reality that it still must be built. So how to pay for it?

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Lawmakers: Stop Bonuses Until Veterans Affairs Hospital is Finished in Aurora

2015/03/30

Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman (R) and Sen. Cory Gardner (R) are introducing legislation to stop the Veterans Affairs from awarding any more bonuses until the Aurora VA hospital is fully operational.

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Rep. Coffman: Cancel VA Bonuses, Use Them For Denver Hospital

2015/03/30

Congress should cancel all VA employee bonuses and use the money to finish the budget-busting Denver veterans hospital, Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman said Thursday.

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Perlmutter Joins Coffman on VA Hospital Reform Bill

2015/03/30

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Representative Ed Perlmutter (D-Golden) announced his support for Representative Mike Coffman’s (R-Aurora) legislation to reform VA construction practices and finish the Aurora VA hospital.

Coffman introduced the VA Construction Accountability and Reform Act last week to help get the Aurora VA hospital built, while also holding the VA accountable for the billion dollar cost overrun on the project and ensure that this never happens again.

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Coffman Introduces VA Hospital Construction Accountability and Reform Act

2015/03/26

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) has introduced legislation that will help get the Aurora VA hospital built while holding the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) accountable for its failures and ensuring such mismanagement never occurs again.

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Coffman Statement on Passage of House Republican Budget Framework

2015/03/26

(Washington D.C.)- U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) offered the following comment after voting for H. Con. Res. 27, the House Republican budget framework.

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Coffman Statement on VA Executive Glenn Haggstrom

2015/03/25

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) issued the following statement in response to news that Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) executive Glenn Haggstrom would be stepping down. Haggstrom was the VA official in charge of major construction, who received nearly $64,000 in bonuses since 2007 despite over $2 billion in cost overruns in VA hospital projects in Aurora, CO, New Orleans, LA, Orlando, FL, and Las Vegas, NV.

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Why I believe Iran Cannot Be Trusted

2015/03/20

The President believes that if Iran is diplomatically treated with the same trust and respect afforded to responsible governments that Iran will somehow suddenly begin to conduct its affair in a responsible and rational manner.

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Congress Does Not Have a Line-By-Line Explanation of Costs in the $1.7 Billion VA Hospital Project

2015/03/20

Members of Congress do not have a detailed line-by-line accounting of costs in the over-budget VA Hospital project in Aurora.

The newest estimate for the completion of construction is $1.7 billion.

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Contact Information

2443 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-7882
Fax 202-226-4623
coffman.house.gov

Committee Assignments

Veterans Affairs

Armed Services

Mike Coffman began his distinguished career of serving our nation at a very young age.  At age seventeen, after finishing his junior year at Aurora Central High School in 1972, he enlisted in the U.S. Army.   Through the Army, Coffman was able to earn a high school diploma.  In 1974, he left active duty to attend the University of Colorado under the G.I. Bill where he continued his military career by serving in the U.S. Army Reserve.  Coffman took a leave of absence from the U.S. Army Reserve and the University of Colorado to attend D.G. Vaishnav College in Chennai, India in 1976 and the University of Veracruz in Xalapa, Mexico in 1977.  Coffman graduated from the University of Colorado in 1979 and immediately transferred from the U.S. Army Reserve to the U.S. Marine Corps where he served as an infantry officer.

In 1983, Coffman came back home to Colorado and started a small business, an Aurora-based property management company, that would grow to over 20 employees. He remained the senior share holder of the firm for the next seventeen years until selling his interest in 2000. While in business, he continued serving in the military by joining the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

In his role as a Colorado small business owner, Coffman saw the need to bring more common sense pro-growth economic policies to state government so he ran and was elected to the State House of Representatives in 1988 and re-elected in 1990.  Shortly after his 1990 re-election, Coffman took an unpaid leave of absence from the state legislature and volunteered to return to active duty for the first Gulf War where he served as the executive officer for a light armored infantry company.   The battalion that Coffman served in was ordered to attack and defend positions inside of Kuwait, for three consecutive days prior to the main ground attack, as part of a deception and reconnaissance-by-fire operation.  Coffman retired from the military in 1994 after having served for seven years between the U.S. Army and the Army Reserve and thirteen years between the U.S. Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Reserve.

In 1994, Coffman was elected to the State Senate where he served as the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.  While in the State Senate, he completed the Senior Executive Program for State and Local Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  In 1998, Coffman was elected to the office of State Treasurer and re-elected in 2002.  In 2005, the U.S. Marine Corps was under strength in meeting their requirements for the Iraq War and begun to extend Marines beyond their active duty enlistments, recall Marines recently released from active duty, and selectively reach out to retired Marines and request their return to active duty.   Coffman resigned his position as the State Treasurer and volunteered to return to the U.S. Marine Corps for an assignment in Iraq.  In Iraq, Coffman was a civil affairs officer where he worked in support of the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq (IECI) in 2005 and in 2006 he was reassigned to help establish interim local governments in the Western Euphrates River Valley.

In 2006, Coffman came home after completing a full tour of duty in Iraq and was appointed by Governor Bill Owens to serve out the remainder of his term as the State Treasurer.  In that same year, he ran and was elected to the Office of Secretary of State and served in that capacity until he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008.

Coffman is the only veteran in the Colorado delegation and the only Member of Congress to have served in both the first Gulf War and in the Iraq War.  Congressman Coffman represents the 6th Congressional District of Colorado and serves on the Armed Services Committee, the Veteran’s Affairs Committee where he is the Chairman for the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and on the House Committee on Small Business.

Coffman and his wife Cynthia were married in 2005 just before he deployed to Iraq with the U.S. Marine Corps.  Cynthia Coffman was the Chief Legal Counsel to Governor Bill Owens before becoming the Chief Deputy Attorney General for the State of Colorado under Attorney General John Suthers.  Coffman attends Faith Presbyterian Church in Aurora with his eighty year-old mother, Dorothy Coffman.


Serving With

Scott Tipton

COLORADO's 3rd DISTRICT

Ken Buck

COLORADO's 4th DISTRICT

Doug Lamborn

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