Mike Coffman

Mike Coffman


Statement by Congressman Mike Coffman on the VA Agreement with Kiewit-Turner


(Aurora, CO) - U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) issued the following statement today in response to an agreement between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the general contractor, Kiewit-Turner (KT), on how to proceed to restart construction on the VA hospital project in Aurora.   The agreement calls for KT and the subcontractors working on the project to be reimbursed for all costs associated with the project up to the date of the shutdown last week; $50 million to cover up to three months of work on the construction site (or until the money runs out); $20 million as a contingency fund to cover change orders already completed; and $1.8 million per month to KT to cover a rate of return (profit) above costs.   Under the agreement, the U.S. Army Corps will immediately participate by advising on the interim agreement, negotiate a contract with KT, and manage the project from the start of the new contract to completion. "It is a shame we couldn't get anyone's attention from the Obama administration before the election.  These workers should have never been laid off and I'm relieved they will be coming back to work.   Better late than never and better before Christmas than after.  It’s time to get back to work and get the job done for our veterans."   "While this is a short term agreement we still have to come up with the funding necessary to complete the hospital.  That will require that other VA construction projects be delayed and the VA needs to identify those projects now." U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman is chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee for House Veterans Affairs and is a U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran. Read More

Veterans Affairs deputy secretary Sloan Gibson in Denver for stalled Aurora VA Hospital project


[[{"fid":"600","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"abcNews7Denver"},"type":"media","attributes":{"title":"abcNews7Denver","height":"50","width":"131","class":"media-element file-teaser"}}]] Colorado congressman Mike Coffman says the VA and the contractor are close to finishing a short-term deal to get the now stopped-Veterans Affairs Hospital project restarted. “I think there will be an announcement [today] for a framework for a short-term agreement to bring these families back," said Rep. Mike Coffman on 7NEWS Wednesday morning. "Both parties are fairly close, so I think they can make an announcement to that fact." The deputy secretary of Department of Veterans Affairs has scheduled a news conference for Wednesday afternoon to talk about the project. Contractor Kiewit-Turner ceased all construction work last week after the United States Civilian Board of Contract Appeals determined that the VA breached its contract by failing to provide a design that could be built for $582,840,000. It's estimated that the project now costs more than $1 billion. Kiewit-Turner said it had spent $100 million out of pocket to keep the project moving. Coffman said the VA may owe the various contractors on the project $146 million. Deputy secretary Sloan Gibson arrived in Denver Tuesday to begin a series of meetings to get the project restarted. He is scheduled to meet with VA leaders and tour the hospital site Wednesday. He's scheduled a 1:30 p.m. news conference to update the media and the public about the situation. Some 1,400 workers were laid off from the project when it shut down last week. Last week, congressman Mike Coffman's office announced that the Army Corps of Engineers, not the Department of Veterans Affairs, would oversee the construction project in Aurora. However, construction remains stopped. Read More

VA to open negotiations aimed at restarting construction on Aurora hospital


[[{"fid":"479","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"height":"56","width":"56","class":"media-element file-teaser"}}]] Progress on getting construction workers back on the job at the new Veterans Affairs Hospital in Aurora is underway. Negotiations between contractors Kiewit-Turner and the Department of Veterans Affairs Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson will Wednesday after Gibson came to Colorado. It has been almost a week after a court ruled the VA breached its contract with Kiewit-Turner. After the ruling, the contractor pulled out of the job and let 1,400 employees go. Part of the legal fight was the price tag to complete the job. It skyrocketed from $604 million to more than $1 billion. “If they delay this project further, if they stop work and they abandon this project and restart it later on, the cost is going to be astronomical,” said Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Aurora. He said the VA has the funds to complete the job, but it will mean putting other construction projects on hold. “These are projects that haven’t started, that haven’t broken ground vs. a project that is half built,” he said. “Yeah, it’s a tough decision the VA has to make.” Coffman, whose district is where the new hospital is being built, said if the VA reallocates the money, congressional leaders can go back to Congress to make up the funds. “They certainly can make the case, to the Congress, that Congress needs to make up the difference,” Coffman said. “The difference for their mismanagement of the project that caused it to be hundreds of millions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule.” In a statement, Kiewit-Turner wrote: “We received correspondence from the VA in an important first step in getting all workers back on the job and completing this project for Colorado-area veterans. … “We will be meeting with Deputy Secretary Gibson this week to discuss the critical concepts necessary to moving this project forward as soon as possible.” Read More

Coffman: Funding May Be Available For VA Hospital Construction


[[{"fid":"489","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"height":"51","width":"51","class":"media-element file-teaser"}}]] Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman told CBS4 it’s possible Congress could allot $2 billion in so-called “unobligated” funding to revive construction at the VA hospital in Aurora, nearly a week after the contractor halted work. “I think this is important to be able to show that the money is there to pay for the project,” he said. Coffman said the funding would need to be swapped from other projects across the county, but it’s doable. Diverting funding to the hospital’s construction could mean other projects are delayed. The contractor, Kiewit-Turner, stopped construction last week after a federal board of appeals ruled the Veterans Administration breached its contract. The appeals board says the VA didn’t produce a design that could be built for the contracted $604 million and the company says it could cost more than $1 billion. The board also found that the VA doesn’t have sufficient funds to pay for construction of the entire project as currently designed and has no plans to ask for more money. Colorado’s congressional delegation says it’s concerned about veteran care and the jobs of the 1,400 construction workers involved in the project. The VA has argued the builder was involved in that design process and that it did not breach the contract. The agency has also rejected the contractor’s demands to be let out of the building contract. The new hospital will replace an aging facility in east Denver. It will include a traumatic brain-injury center, nursing care and other clinics. On Tuesday, Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson arrived in Aurora to try to settle the contract dispute after the state’s congressional delegation sent a letter urging the agency to come up with a plan to continue construction. Coffman said the head of the VA needs to apologize to veterans, workers and taxpayers for what he called “the conduct of his organization.” Gibson met with workers on Tuesday and is scheduled to talk with Kiewit-Turner on Wednesday. Read More

Coffman: VA has money to finish Aurora hospital now


[[{"fid":"603","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Denver Business Journal"},"type":"media","attributes":{"title":"Denver Business Journal","height":"37","width":"142","class":"media-element file-teaser"}}]] The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has the money it needs right now to finish a troubled hospital project in Aurora where construction stalled last week, according to a statement from U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman. In a statement released Tuesday, Coffman, R-Aurora, said the VA has in its "Major Construction Project Account" un-obligated funds that can be repurposed for use to finish the Denver VA Medical Center. "According to the VA's fiscal year 2015 budget submission, the account was projected to have at the end of the federal fiscal year, as of Sept. 30, 2014, a balance of $1.985 billion. In addition to this balance, the VA has received an additional $562 million in the just enacted fiscal year 2015 omnibus appropriations bill for capital construction. Most of these funds are identified for the construction of other projects but the funds are not under contract so the VA can legally tap them to cover the remaining construction cost of the Aurora hospital," Coffman's statement said. "This hospital is half-built and we owe it to our veterans to get this done," Coffman said. Work on the project, which has been estimated to carry a price tag as large as $1 billion, stopped in its tracks last week after a decision by the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, an independent tribunal within the General Services Administration, said the VA had breached its contract with the project's contractor, Kiewit-Turner, to build the hospital. Upon receiving the decision, Kiewit-Turner announced that it would stop work on the project at once and would not return unless the VA met three requirements, including immediate payment for services rendered by Kiewit-Turner (KT) and its subcontractors, pegged at $107 million by VA estimates, and that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers take over construction management of the project. Coffman told the Denver Business Journal last week that the VA had agreed to meet all three requirements in exchange for signing a 60-day bridge contract to get work going again on the hospital. The agency has about $200 million on-hand, Coffman said last Wednesday. The remaining $93 million after making the back payments to KT would be used to keep funding the project through the 60-day bridge contract. The VA also estimates that the project would burn through that money at a rate between $25 million and $32 million per month. After the money is gone, more will be required to keep the project going, Coffman said, though how much will be needed is not clear. That money could come from three difference sources, Coffman said. Those sources are: Reprogramming, which would simply move money around in the budget. Judgement fund, which is a fund within the Department of Treasury used to help federal agencies when a monetary judgement is issued. But in this case, Coffman said, no monetary judgement has been made as of yet. Supplemental appropriation, which requires Congressional action and likely would not take place until spring, Coffman said. Budgetary revelations show the VA can reprogram enough money to finish the hospital after the end of the 60-day bridge contract, if such a contract is signed. No deal had been struck between the VA and KT, though the two entities are in negotiations. "This may delay the start of other VA construction projects until the VA can go back to Congress for the additional funds to make up for the hundreds of millions lost due to their incompetent management of this construction project," Coffman said. Read More

VA catches heat for hospital dispute


[[{"fid":"598","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Brighton Banner","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Brighton Banner"},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"Brighton Banner","title":"Brighton Banner","height":"35","width":"131","class":"media-element file-teaser"}}]] Colorado’s congressional delegation last week blasted the Department of Veterans Affairs for its handling of a construction contract dispute that has further delayed the building of a new VA hospital and has left hundreds of workers in limbo. A fast-moving news cycle began on Dec. 10, when a federal civilian board of appeals ruled that the VA was in breach of contract with the group it hired to build a state-of-the-art veterans hospital in Aurora. The contract dispute was over money. The contractor, Kiewit-Turner, claimed it could not finish work on the project at the price tag that the VA had originally set, which was $582.8 million. Kiewit-Turner said it would take about $1 billion to finish the work. The Civilian Court of Contract Appeals ruled in favor of Kiewit-Turner, which resulted in the contractor abruptly stopping work at the site, located at Interstate 225 and Colfax Avenue. About 1,400 construction workers were employed at the site. “Where we are right now is really unfortunate,” Republican Congressman Mike Coffman told Colorado Community Media. Coffman’s 6th Congressional District includes Aurora. “Workers lost their jobs right before the holidays and it’s unfortunate for taxpayers who foot the bill and the veterans who earned health-care benefits that this hospital is needed to deliver.” The day after the appeals board ruling was handed down, Coffman and every other member of Colorado’s congressional delegation attached their signatures to a letter to VA officials and higher-ups at Kiewit-Turner, urging the two to come together to find a solution. “We are deeply concerned about this situation and urge VA and KT to immediately negotiate a path forward for this project,” the letter reads. In the letter, the elected officials urged, “in the strongest terms possible,” for the negotiations to result in a modified contract that will allow construction to continue for 60 days while a long-term contract is worked out. Any long-term contract will be handled by the Army Corps of Engineers, rather than the VA. That’s because on Dec. 11, the VA agreed to hand over construction oversight on the Aurora project to the Corps. The next day, Coffman announced that he will introduce legislation to strip away the VA’s authority to manage all future construction projects. Coffman cited a Government Accountability Office report that shows VA projects in four cities, including Aurora, to be hundreds of millions of dollars over budget and almost three years behind schedule. “Really, this is a pattern of total mismanagement by the VA in major construction projects,” Coffman said. Democratic Congressman Ed Perlmutter said in an emailed statement that the VA wanted a $1 billion medical center, but “the project was never redesigned to fit” the near-$600 million contract budget. “There has been a serious dispute between the VA and the prime contractor for too long,” Perlmutter said.​ Read More

Coffman Says VA has Funds to Complete the Aurora Hospital Now


(Aurora, Colorado)  U.S. Representative Mike Coffman announced today that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) currently has the resources necessary to complete the troubled VA hospital construction project in Aurora. “This hospital is half built and we owe it to our veterans to get this done,” said Coffman, a Marine Corps combat veteran. According to Coffman, the VA can do this by proposing to Congress the “reprogramming” or transfer of currently unobligated funds within its Major Construction Project Account. The VA’s Major Construction Account is used to pay for construction projects that have a minimum price tag of $10 million. According to the VA’s FY15 budget submission, the account was projected to have at the end of the federal fiscal year (30 Sept 2014) a balance of $1.985 billion. In addition to this balance, the VA has received an additional $562 million in the just enacted FY 2015 omnibus appropriations bill for capital construction. The Aurora hospital was originally budgeted to not exceed $800 million but will certainly cost significantly more than that to complete.  Most of these funds are identified for the construction of other projects but the funds are not under contract so the VA can ask to use them to cover the remaining construction cost of the Aurora hospital.  “This may delay the start of other VA construction projects until the VA can go back to Congress for the additional funds to make up for the hundreds of millions lost due to their incompetent management of this construction project, but this would simplify the process to get this project back on track since Congress would not have “find” additional money right now for this project. ” said Coffman. The Aurora VA hospital is already hundreds of millions over budget and is years behind schedule due to the mismanagement of the project by the VA. The general contractor, Kiewit-Turner Construction (K-T) recently won an appeal against the VA through the federal government’s Civilian Board of Contract Appeals. The board ruled on all counts in favor of K-T and granted K-T the authority to stop performance due to the VA's “material breach of contract.” K-T has exercised this right and all construction activity has stopped, leaving 1,400 workers without jobs right before Christmas and a half built hospital in limbo. “We need to get those workers back on the job and the hospital back on track right now. The worst possible outcome is to leave this facility partially built and for the workers and the heavy construction equipment to be moved off site. The costs of restarting the project would only increase the final price tag even more than has the VA’s past mismanagement. Under the circumstances, it just makes more sense for the VA to delay the start of other major construction projects to get this one done,” said Coffman As the chairman of the Sub-Committee on Oversight and Investigations for the House VA Committee, Coffman has a long history of concern with the VA’s major construction projects.  Earlier this year, Coffman sponsored and the House of Representatives passed legislation to give oversight responsibilities for all ongoing VA major construction projects, including the Aurora hospital, to the US Army Corps of Engineers. The bill passed the House by unanimous consent but the Senate Majority Leader has yet to schedule it for consideration.  After receipt of the Board’s ruling on the Aurora hospital project, the VA agreed to one of KT’s demands which is to have the Army Corps of Engineers take over the management of the Aurora VA hospital construction project. “I have no desire or interest in seeing other major VA construction project delayed but we cannot leave this project half built with 1,400 construction workers laid off and thousands of Colorado veterans awaiting a new facility. The costs of waiting while the VA seeks a supplemental appropriation and Congress figures out where to come up with the money will drive this project’s costs up even more while our focus needs to be on taking steps that will bring down the cost and speed up the construction of this hospital. Bringing in the Corps of Engineers and reprogramming funds now to get the worker back on the job are the way to do just that. ” said Coffman. Coffman said that he will introduce legislation next year that will permanently strip the VA of all construction management responsibilities and transfer that authority to the Army Corps of Engineers. According to a report by the Government Accountability Office from April, 2013, the Army Corps of Engineers has consistently built similar projects for the Department of Defense on schedule and within budget. U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman is chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee for House Veterans Affairs and is a U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran.   Read More

Talks resume on VA hospital reboot


[[{"fid":"388","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"9 News","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"9 News"},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"9 News","title":"9 News","height":"65","width":"126","class":"media-element file-teaser"}}]] Colorado's members of Congress remain in ongoing talks between the VA and Kiewit-Turner builders (KT,) hoping to get 1,400 people back on a construction site in Aurora. Politicians hope a temporary deal can be reached this week to get workers on the job. In a best-case scenario, work could resume before Christmas. But there's an ugly dispute at the heart of the negotiating. Work abruptly stopped last week after a ruling against the VA, which found the agency violated the contract to build a new hospital. That allowed Kiewit-Turner to legally walk off the half-completed job, which it has since been criticized for doing. Securing an agreement from KT is seen as the only way to restart the project without a lengthy bidding process, which puts the company in a position of strength at the negotiating table. KT and the VA made progress in talks last week, according to sources familiar with the negotiations. The VA agreed to a series of demands from the builder, including payment of $107 million which KT already spent on the project and bringing in the Army Corps of Engineers to act as the government's overseer for the build. Where the two sides are stuck is the exact path forward. All nine members of Colorado's congressional delegation joined to call for a 60-day temporary contract to resume work. However, the final price tag of the build is still the subject of debate. The current plans will cost more than $1 billion, despite the fact that only $600 was budgeted for construction. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colorado,) who represents the area, told 9NEWS last week he hopes the project can be modified to cost less than $1 billion. Even if a price can be agreed upon, there's uncertainty over how the job would be funded to completion. While the VA has enough funds on hand to resume building for a couple of months, it does not have the cash to finish the job. Congress may have to approve a new price tag amid a broader budget fight next year. Colorado politicians are also hoping a legal settlement could free the money more quickly by tapping into a Treasury Department fund that covers legal losses owed by the government. Read More

Coffman: Getting the Aurora VA hospital built for our veterans


[[{"fid":"581","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"height":"24","width":"148","class":"media-element file-teaser"}}]] On the southeast corner of Anschutz Medical Research Center is a half-finished Veterans Affairs hospital that, when completed, will be a state-of-the-art medical center designed to meet the needs of our veterans. Unfortunately, the Aurora VA hospital is hundreds of millions over budget and is already years behind schedule due to incomprehensible incompetence by the VA. The general contractor, Kiewit-Turner Construction (KT), sued the VA for its mismanagement of the design process in coming up with a $1 billion design on a $600 million budget. Earlier this month, the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals agreed with KT and ruled that it had the right to stop performance due to the VA's material breach of contract. Tragically, as of last Tuesday, KT has exercised its right to walk away from the project and all construction activity has stopped, leaving 1,400 workers without jobs right before Christmas. We need to get those workers back on the job and the hospital back on track. KT has put forward several demands before it will renegotiate another contract. The demands include reimbursement for the approximately $100 million it has spent out of pocket to keep the project going; bringing in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to take over management of the project; and a new contract that adheres to federal reimbursement standards. In a meeting earlier this week, Deputy VA Secretary Sloan Gibson informed the Colorado delegation that the VA would agree to all three of KT's demands. The VA's goal is to immediately negotiate a 60-day temporary "bridge contract" with KT and restart work as soon as possible, while, at the same time, bringing the Army Corps in to negotiate a contract with KT and finish the job. After paying KT the money already owed, the VA will have approximately $100 million left that is dedicated to the Aurora construction project — not enough to cover the cost of completing the project. The challenge is that a federal construction contract cannot be signed without appropriated funds sufficient enough to support it. We have three possibilities to come up with the approximately $400 million shortfall. The first is that the VA can search through its own budget for unexpended appropriations in what is known as "reprogramming." However, in our meeting with the VA, it doubted it could find anything close to $400 million in its budget to fully fund the project. The second possibility is the Judgment Fund, which is managed by the U.S. Department of Justice. This fund is used to pay court-ordered claims or settlements with agencies of the federal government. However, there are problematic aspects to this case, as the federal board found the VA is in breach of its contract but did not award financial damages in the case, potentially making the Judgment Fund unusable to fill the financial shortfall. The third possibility is getting more money approved by Congress, but that may not be possible until later next year. I will seek additional funds if necessary and my case to Congress is that we can't erase the costly mistakes of the VA, but the leadership of the Army Corps will do everything possible to bring down the cost and speed up the construction of the hospital. The VA's incompetence has done serious damage to this hospital project. It has harmed our veterans, who have been waiting over a decade for this state-of-the-art facility. It has harmed the workers who now have no job in the middle of the holiday season. And, it has harmed the taxpayers of this nation who must now come up with hundreds of millions of dollars to fix the VA's costly mistakes. We cannot abandon this hospital. We owe it to our veterans, the taxpayers, and to the 1,400 construction workers to get this job done. U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman is chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee for House Veterans Affairs and is a U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran.   Rep. Mike Coffman The Denver Post December 14, 2014   Read More

Mike Coffman wants the VA out of the building business


[[{"fid":"581","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"height":"24","width":"148","class":"media-element file-teaser"}}]] U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman said Friday that he plans to introduce legislation next year that would bar the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs from running its own construction projects. The announcement coincides with a rough week for supporters of a new VA hospital in Aurora. The future of the troubled project — which remains under construction — was thrown into chaos on Tuesday when a federal appeals board ruled that the VA had breached its deal with contractor Kiewit-Turner. In response, officials with Kiewit-Turner said they were walking away from the project, which ultimately could cost more than $1 billion. The move by Kiewit-Turner has sent Colorado’s congressional delegation into overdrive; lawmakers have been trying for days to get VA to reach a new deal with the construction company. The legislation proposed by Coffman — which will be dropped when a new session of Congress convenes in January — is intended to avoid a repeat of the current fiasco. “The core responsibility of the VA is to deliver the health care and the benefits that our men and women who have served in the military have earned through their sacrifices in defense of our country,” said the Aurora Republican in a statement. “The VA is clearly not set up to manage major construction projects and it has definitely proven that.” Read More

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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.

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