Mike Coffman

Mike Coffman

COLORADO's 6th DISTRICT

The time is now for VA reform

2016/02/08

The Villager

Even as the chorus for reform at the VA grows louder, VA officials and the Obama Administration continue to deny the problems. Newspaper headlines trumpet stories of long wait lines, wasted taxpayer dollars, and an out-of-control bureaucracy But VA leadership and this Administration simply don’t get it.

As a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee and chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, I have tackled a number of issues surrounding VA reform.

Aurora VA Hospital & VA construction: After multiple delays and hundreds of millions of dollars in cost overruns, I, along with the Colorado Delegation, secured funding and a completion date for the Aurora hospital.  I also led the charge to strip VA of construction authority transferring it to the Army Corps of Engineers.  VA can focus on providing services to our veterans. 

Wait times: Horrific stories of long waits for medical care have, unfortunately, become the norm at VA facilities across the country. Although, we still have much to do, after multiple hearings on the issue, our collective work culminated in the Choice Act, which finally allows veterans to seek care from a private provider. Now we have to get the VA to get the VA to actually allow the Choice Act to work rather than working to make it fail.

Protecting whistle blowers: Long wait lines, poor service, and wasted taxpayer dollars, those of us on the Committee hear constant stories of them thanks to brave whistle blowers. Unfortunately, in many cases, these whistle blowers are persecuted by VA leadership not thanked for revealing these problems. After lengthy investigations and hearings, I am a co-sponsor of the Whistleblower Protection Act (HR 1994). We must protect these individuals who step forward and stand against corruption.

Wasted taxpayer dollars: There are significant procurement problems within the VA. The result is billions of dollars in inappropriate purchases. These include paying too much, not correctly bidding contracts, and buying the wrong items. Thanks to a whistleblower we have learned of this and held multiple hearings on the issue. Now I am working with the committee to craft a procurement reform package of legislation.

Cutting bureaucratic red tape: In 2015, I introduced the Veteran Owned Small Business Improving Opportunities for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses Act of 2015. Currently, veteran-owned small businesses and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses face incredible challenges getting certified to seek and secure contracts from the VA. The bill I introduced reforms, streamlines, and simplifies the current process to certify these firms.

Focus on serving veterans: I am introducing legislation directing the VA to sell Pershing Hall, the five-star hotel it owns in Paris. The sale proceeds go toward funding VA construction and renovation projects here in the United States.  VA needs to get out of the overseas hotel business and focus on serving our veterans.

Serving veteran needs: We continue to work on a number of issues specific to Veterans care including Gulf War Illness, Legionella, and suicide. According to VA’s 2012 Suicide Data Report, there are 22 veteran suicides per day totaling 8,000 per year. It is absolutely vital that we as a nation address the twin crisis of veteran suicide and mental health issues.  Next month I plan to introduce legislation to improve access to mental health services for our veterans.

While we have made great progress for our veterans much work remains and regardless of what legislative changes we pass, fundamental change requires better leadership from the top of the VA and the administration. In a 2007 speech, candidate Obama promised to build a 21st century VA to serve our veterans and urged comprehensive reform. The time is now for President Obama to fulfill candidate Obama’s promise. We owe it to the men and women who serve our country.

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Coffman: The twin crisis of veterans' mental health and suicide

2016/02/08

In April 1991, I returned home from serving as a light armored infantry officer with the U.S. Marine Corps in the first Gulf War. The unit was the first battalion to engage Iraqi forces inside of Kuwait. We did so for three days prior to the main ground attack on Feb. 24, 1991.

For us, the stress of being on the front lines waiting for combat turned out to be worse than the actual combat phase itself because the Iraqi army had been severely degraded in a punishing bombing campaign that preceded the ground attack.

While preparing to go home after the war ended, I attended an out-briefing by Navy psychologists about some of the psychological challenges that we would likely face. What I remember most was his warning that we had become members of a highly interdependent ground combat team that had been together for months and that after we were separated and alone for the first time, we were likely to experience depression.

Many troops used to the stresses of combat and the interdependent bonds of their fellow soldiers have a difficult time adjusting to civilian life and come home feeling isolated and alone. In fact, many find themselves needing help that too often just isn't there.

It is absolutely vital that we as a nation address the twin crisis of veteran suicide and mental health issues.

Today, thousands of servicemen and women and recent military veterans have seen combat. Many have seen their buddies killed or witnessed death up close. Many have also been wounded and had to endure extended and frequently painful and difficult recoveries. These are types of events that can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other types of mental illness.

Perhaps even more troubling, according to the VA's 2012 Suicide Data Report, there are 22 veteran suicides per day, totaling a staggering 8,000 per year. Units that saw particularly rough deployments, like the Second Battalion, Seventh Marine Regiment, which saw intense combat in Afghanistan, have proven particularly hard hit. The battalion's veterans have a suicide rate 14 times higher than that for all Americans.The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that PTSD afflicts nearly 31 percent of Vietnam veteran; as many as 10 percent of Gulf War (Desert Storm) veterans; 11 percent of veterans of the war in Afghanistan; and 20 percent of Iraq war veterans.

It's essential that when our men and women in uniform return to the civilian world and need to reach out for help, somebody reaches back.

This month, I will introduce two bipartisan bills to improve access to mental health services for our veterans, specifically those men and women with diagnosed PTSD who are improperly separated from service with a less-than honorable discharge.

Often, PTSD symptoms lead to the discharge of service members, which can disqualify them for subsequent VA benefits if they receive anything other than an honorable discharge. Since 2001, more than 100,000 men and women have left the military with a less-than-honorable discharge.

My legislation is a bipartisan effort with Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., and others that would permit Veterans Affairs to provide an initial mental health assessment and emergency mental health care counseling and services for veterans with other-than-honorable discharges who are currently not eligible for services.

The complimentary bill seeks to overhaul the discharge review board appellate process, which would allow veterans with inappropriate discharges to "upgrade" their discharge status if there is a showing of PTSD.

I'm honored to work closely with Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., on this effort, my congressional colleague who is also a champion on the issue of veterans' mental health.

These pieces of legislation are important steps to care for our veterans. We owe it to our nation's veterans to address this crisis.

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Veterans Affairs Committee. He is a Marine Corps combat veteran with service in both the first Gulf War and the Iraq War.

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Congress outraged over hepatitis C treatment VA can't afford

2016/02/03

Congress is looking into why veterans are being denied a cure for a deadly form of hepatitis.

In a CBS News investigation, we told you the cure was developed by a doctor working for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The doctor got rich, but at $1,000 a pill, the VA can't afford it.

Much of the anger at Wednesday's hearing was directed at someone who wasn't even in the room.

"If I were you, I would be outraged," Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colorado, said.

"Certainly the taxpayers should be outraged," Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-Louisiana, added.

Their target is Dr. Raymond Schinazi, who played a leading role developing a drug that cures hepatitis C. When he sold his company to pharmaceutical giant Gilead in 2012, he made over $400 million.

And he did it all while working seven-eighths of his time for the VA.

"So, I'm not full time -- what I do with my remaining time is up to me," Schinazi told CBS News in December.

We asked him if anyone has ever questioned the arrangement that allowed him to become very wealthy while working most of his time for the government.

"Nobody has questioned anything yet," he said.

That changed Wednesday as House members including Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kansas, grilled David Shulkin, the VA's undersecretary for Health.

"But he just sold a company for $400 million. Did anybody know about that?" Huelskamp asked.

"I'm not aware of who knew what three or four years ago," Shulkin responded.

Coffman wanted to know why Schinazi got rich, but the VA got nothing for a drug that one of its own doctors helped develop.

"Is it bureaucratic incompetence or is it corruption, or is it a combination of the two?" Coffman asked. "This wasted resource is why this nation is unable to take care of the men and women who have served this country in uniform."

Others were upset that Schinazi wasn't there to be questioned. The VA says Schinazi retired just two days ago.

"The person that's responsible always seems to retire before the investigation starts," Coffman said.

The VA did approve Schinazi's part-time arrangement and told CBS News part-time employees are allowed to invest in private companies, so long as all conflict of interest rules are followed.

The VA said there will be both internal and outside investigations.

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Vietnam War Memorial dedicated Jan. 30

2016/02/03

The Vietnam War Memorial, unveiled Jan. 30 at 220 W. Alameda in Denver, is dedicated to current and future generations of Vietnamese-Americans. The monument symbolizes the fallen soldiers, the standing soldier for all the U.S. servicemen and the sitting soldier for all the Vietnamese who fought against communism.

Photos by Stefan Krusze

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman recounts the history of the Vietnam War and the significance of the newly unveiled memorial. Photos by Stefan Krusze

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman recounts the history of the Vietnam War and the significance of the newly unveiled memorial.
 

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman cuts the ribbon for the Vietnam War Memorial dedication ceremony.

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman cuts the ribbon for the Vietnam War Memorial dedication ceremony.

Vietnam War Veteran Honorary Color Guard

Vietnam War Veteran Honorary Color Guard

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, True Nguyen, president of External and Public Affairs of the Vietnamese-American Community of Colorado, and Vietnam War veteran Cuong Nguyen.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, True Nguyen, president of External and Public Affairs of the Vietnamese-American Community of Colorado, and Vietnam War veteran Cuong Nguyen.

The Vietnam War Memorial, unveiled Jan. 30 at 220 W. Alameda in Denver, is dedicated to current and future generations of Vietnamese-Americans. The monument symbolizes the fallen soldiers, the standing soldier for all the U.S. servicemen and the sitting soldier for all the Vietnamese who fought against communism.

The Vietnam War Memorial, unveiled Jan. 30 at 220 W. Alameda in Denver, is dedicated to current and future generations of Vietnamese-Americans. The monument symbolizes the fallen soldiers, the standing soldier for all the U.S. servicemen and the sitting soldier for all the Vietnamese who fought against communism.

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Coffman Announces 2016 Congressional Art Competition

2016/02/02

(Aurora, CO) -- Today, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (CO-06) announced the 2016 Congressional Art Competition. 

Started in 1982 by the U.S. House of Representatives, this annual competition highlights high school students' artistic works from across the country. According to the Congressional Institute, more than 650,000 high school students have participated since the competition’s inaugural year.  

"I am pleased to invite students in grades 9 - 12 from Colorado's Sixth Congressional District to participate in this nationwide competition," said Coffman. "I have been impressed each year by the range of artistic talents our students display and I look forward to seeing what this year's students have to offer." 

The first place winner’s submission will be displayed in the Cannon House Office Building tunnel in the U.S. Capitol, along with other winners nationwide, for a period of one year. Additionally, the first place winner will receive two free round-trip airline tickets to Washington, DC to view his or her artwork in the Cannon Building and will be eligible for a partial scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). 

Audrey Barrett, a 10th grade student at Grandview High School in Aurora, CO, won first place in last year’s competition with her graphite pencil work titled “Dynamic Forms.”

Below is a list of important dates and events for interested students:

  • February 29th through March 25th – Submission period for entry forms to Congressman Mike Coffman’s District Office (3300 South Parker Road Suite 305, Aurora, CO  80014)
  • April 8th - Deliver artwork to Congressman Mike Coffman’s District Office in Aurora (Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Phone: 720-748-7514).
  • April 11th through April 20th – Closed judging of artwork submissions.
  • April 26th through April 30th – Artwork exhibited at Outnumbered Gallery (5654 S. Prince St., Littleton, CO 80120)
  • April 30th - Reception and Awards Ceremony at the Outnumbered Gallery from 3:00 pm and 5:00pm.
  • June 2016 – Ceremony for first place winner in Washington, DC (exact date TBD).

For more information, including submission guidelines, please visit Congressman Coffman’s website.

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Coffman Statement on GTMO Following State of the Union Address

2016/01/13

(Washington, D.C.) U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (CO-06) released the following statement regarding Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) following President Obama's State of the Union address:

"President Obama wants to close GTMO because he thinks it’s a recruiting tool for terrorists – the real recruiting tool is a President who seems more concerned about protecting the rights of terrorists rather than defeating them and protecting the American people," said Coffman, a Marine Corps combat veteran. 

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Coffman Announces Guest for State of the Union Speech

2016/01/13

(Washington, D.C.) Today, U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (CO-06) announced Jeff Edelman, a resident of the 6th Congressional District, as his guest for President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday evening.

Mr. Edelman’s son, Ethan, a combat veteran, tragically committed suicide on Veterans’ Day last year. “Like so many veterans before him, Ethan served selflessly and returned home to find the bureaucracy at the Veterans Administration insurmountable,” said Coffman. “Ethan suffered from PTSD and was unable to receive the necessary help from VA in time.”

Ethan served honorably for three years in the United States Army infantry. Ethan was an outstanding soldier who was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army good Conduct Medal, and many other service ribbons and awards. Ethan was a graduate of Mountain Vista High School in Highlands Ranch and enlisted in the Army after high school.

“I am honored to host Jeff as my guest for the State of the Union,” continued Coffman. “Together, Jeff and I want to spotlight issues impacting our veterans. I hope no other family faces the tragedy the Edelmans have faced.” 

“As a Marine Corps combat veteran, I can tell you first hand that returning home to civilian life can be a difficult,” continued Coffman. “Many troops used to the stresses of combat and the interdependent bonds of their fellow soldiers have a difficult time adjusting to civilian life and come home feeling isolated and alone.  Many find themselves needing help that too often just isn’t there. It is absolutely vital that we as a nation address the twin crisis of veteran suicide and mental health issues.”

According to VA’s 2012 Suicide Data Report, there are 22 veteran suicides per day totaling 8,000 per year. 

Coffman has been an advocate for providing better mental health services for veterans in order to reduce veteran suicides.  In 2013, Coffman formed a task force with former U.S. Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) to look at mental health challenges of veterans who return from war.  The task force was headed up by Army Vietnam combat veteran and Arapahoe County Commissioner, Bill Holen. Many of the task force findings have been passed into law but, according to Coffman, much still remains to be done and he remains critical of the VA for not moving fast enough to implement the laws. 

Coffman has a combined 21 years of military service.  He is the only veteran in the Colorado delegation and the only member of Congress to have served in both Iraq wars. Coffman serves on the House Armed Services Committee and House Veteran’s Affairs Committee, where he is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

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Coffman Responds to State of the Union Address

2016/01/12

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (CO-06) released the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address:

“I was extremely disappointed that President Obama never acknowledged the problems at the scandal-plagued VA that is mired in a culture of bureaucratic incompetence and corruption.  President Obama must make the men and women who have served this nation in uniform a priority,” said Coffman, a Marine Corps combat veteran.

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Rep. Coffman Statement on President Obama's Latest Executive Orders

2016/01/05

(Washington, D.C.) -- U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) released the following statement on President Obama’s latest Executive Orders:

 "This President has just demonstrated, once again, that he has no respect for representative government nor for the limitations that our Constitution places on the powers of his office." 

A Marine Corps combat veteran, Coffman serves on the House Armed Services Committee and House Veteran’s Affairs Committee, where he is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. He is the only member of Congress to have served in both Iraq Wars.

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Coffman Nominates Students To Service Academies

2016/01/04

(Aurora, CO) -- Today, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) announced the names of thirty-nine outstanding students from Colorado’s Sixth Congressional District whom he has nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the U.S. Military Academy, or the U.S. Naval Academy.

“It is my privilege to nominate these thirty-nine outstanding young men and women to our nation’s military academies,” said Coffman. “Having retired from a combined twenty-one years of military service, making these nominations is one of my highest honors. These young men and women represent the future leadership of our military and I am proud to say they are exceptional.”

Every applicant was interviewed and then rigorously evaluated on factors including academic and athletic achievements, extra-curricular activities, character,  and motivation. These nominees will now begin the next phase of the process and compete against other nominees from across the country for an actual appointment to the respective academies.

The following is a list of the thirty-nine Sixth Congressional District nominees for the class of 2020:

U.S. Air Force Academy
Adams, Benson (Cherry Creek High School)
Dunstan, Chet (Regis Jesuit High School/USAFA Preparatory School)
Ehrhard, Ben (Grandview High School)
Ell, Samuel (Mountain Vista High School/Arizona State)
Haag, Stephen (Regis Jesuit High School/Colorado State)
Hornsby, Audrey (Cherry Creek High School)
Jax, Carson (Cherry Creek High School/Southern Methodist)
Letts, Alyssa (Cherokee Trail High School/Northwestern Preparatory School)
Marchino, Vito (Valor High School)
Smith, Cory (Grandview High School)

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
Bachman, Bryce (Discovery Canyon High School)
Heimbrock, Keith (Heritage High School/New Mexico Military Institute)
Kappas, Kyleigh (Douglas County High School)
Polliard, Zach (Brighton High School/University of Wyoming)
Pruneda, Ricardo (Machebeuf High School/New Mexico Military Institute)
Roberts, Mikayla (Legend High School)
Royal, Gregory (Evergreen High School)
Thompson, Jourdin (Prairie View High School)
Troeger, Derek (Arapahoe High School/New Mexico Military Institute)

U.S. Military Academy
Breslin, Kaylie (Regis Jesuit High School)
Drennan, Joseph (Littleton High School/Colorado School of Mines)
Graham, Mitchell (Arapahoe High School/University of Denver)
Hay, Matthew (Cherry Creek High School)
Martinovic, Filipa (Overland High School)
Messner, Max (Colorado Academy)
Pulley, Jireh (Grandview High School)
Ro, Gloria (Cherry Creek High School)
Thompson, Cameron (Heritage High School)
Tyson, Brandon (Broomfield High School)

U.S. Naval Academy
Austin, Shannon (Cherokee Trail High School)
Beck, Tyler (ThunderRidge High School)
Bock, Robert (Cherry Creek High School/University of San Diego)
Brunn, Julia (ThunderRidge High School)
Harmon, Christopher (Grandview High School/University of Colorado)
Jackson, Alexandra (Arapahoe High School)
McBeth, Lauren (Cherokee Trail High School)
Milliman, Maxwell (Heritage High School)
Morgan, Cole (Rowland Hall-Utah)
Sakys, Katherine (Kapalama High School-Hawaii)

A Marine Corps combat veteran, Coffman serves on the House Armed Services Committee and House Veteran’s Affairs Committee, where he is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. He is the only member of Congress to have served in both Iraq Wars.

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Rep. Coffman State of the Union Response on 850 KOA News Radio

2016-01-13 16:25:57


Rep. Coffman Honors Life of Ethan Edelman on the House Floor

2016-01-13 16:02:04


Rep. Coffman Speaks at House Armed Services Committee Hearing - 1/12/16

2016-01-13 15:21:37


Rep. Coffman at House Veterans Affairs Committee Hearing - 1/12/16

2016-01-13 15:16:27


Rep. Coffman Joins Wolf Blitzer

2015-12-01 19:53:55


Rep. Coffman - HVAC Legislative Hearing Part 2 11/17/15

2015-11-17 20:40:08


Rep. Coffman - HVAC Legislative Hearing Part 1 11/17/15

2015-11-17 20:27:01


Rep. Coffman on VA Alleged Misues of Relocation Program and Incentives

2015-11-03 14:04:10


Rep. Coffman Chairs Joint Hearing on VA and DoD IT: Electronic Health Records Interoperability

2015-10-28 14:37:25


Rep. Coffman on NDAA Veto

2015-10-22 22:05:23


Rep. Mike Coffman - Veterans Affairs Committee Hearing (10/21/15)

2015-10-21 21:37:59


Rep. Coffman Speaks on Transfer of GITMO Detainees to Colorado Prisons

2015-10-08 16:54:30


Rep. Coffman on Passage of VA Expiring Authorities Act of 2015

2015-09-30 21:26:32


Rep. Mike Coffman was interviewed on 9 News

2015-08-20 14:30:10


Rep. Coffman speaks in support of VA Accountability Bill

2015-07-29 20:32:21


Rep. Coffman Speaks at a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Hearing

2015-05-20 18:58:23


Coffman Pushes for Expanded Cuts to Pentagon Bureaucracy

2015-05-15 19:53:21


HVAC Hearing on Women Veteran Access to Healthcare

2015-05-06 20:58:44


Rep. Mike Coffman presentado en Univision

2015-05-01 17:54:16


9 News Covers Coffman Grilling VA Officials on Aurora Hospital

2015-04-16 15:02:47


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.


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Scott Tipton

COLORADO's 3rd DISTRICT

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COLORADO's 4th DISTRICT

Doug Lamborn

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