Scott Tipton, a lifelong Coloradan, was raised in Cortez, CO where he attended public schools with his brother Joe and graduated from Cortez High School. He went onto Ft. Lewis College in Durango where he studied Political Science and became the first person in his family to graduate from college. After leaving Ft. Lewis College, Scott returned to Cortez and co-founded Mesa Verde Indian Pottery with his brother Joe.
After 30 years in business, Mesa Verde Indian Pottery has developed a reputation worldwide for their craftsmanship and integrity. Scott’s small business success has always focused on a philosophy that puts people, quality and customer service as top priority. Managing 22 employees that he believes in calling co-workers; Scott has always believed that when it comes to maintaining and creating new jobs you have to innovate, have your customers know you'll fulfill your promises and listen to the feedback your customers give you, and then act upon it. You can always get better by listening and working hard.
It was through his business that Scott met his wife of 26 years, Jean, who is now a retired school teacher. The Tipton’s have two daughters, Liesl and Elizabeth. Liesl graduated from the University of Denver in 2008 with a degree in International Business. She is married to Lt. Chris Ross USAF and they are currently stationed at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada. Elizabeth is a sophomore at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona.
Scott Tipton was elected as a Republican to the Colorado House of Representatives for the 58th District in November of 2008 with 59% of the vote. Scott’s Southwestern Colorado district includes the counties of Delta, Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel, Dolores, and Montezuma. Immediately after his election Scott quickly went to work at creating jobs, helping ensure the safety of Colorado, and improving the overall quality of life for Coloradans.
For the 2009 legislative session, Scott was named to seats on the House Agriculture Committee, Livestock Committee, Natural Resources Committee and Local Government Committee. Over the past year Scott has worked to ensure quality water for the people of Colorado and to improve the air quality of Southwest Colorado by addressing restraints on the Four Corners Power Plant. He also sponsored legislation to protect our children from the worst criminal offenders by mandating harsher penalties for child sex-offenders and allowing law enforcement to collect DNA evidence from suspects through Jessica’s Law and Katie’s Law.
A lifelong Republican, Scott got involved with the Ronald Reagan for President Campaign in 1976 and served as a delegate to the Republican Convention that year. His commitment to Reagan continued and Scott went on to play major roles in both the 1980 and 1984 Reagan campaigns in Western Colorado. A former Montezuma County GOP Chairman, Scott served as the Republican Chairman of the Third Congressional District for eight years.
In 2009, Scott grew more and more concerned with Washington’s reckless spending as he watched the effect Washington’s policies have had on the lives and livelihoods of his fellow Coloradans over the past year. While unemployment skyrocketed in cities across the country, Washington passed a “stimulus” bill of nearly $1 trillion in spending on liberal pet projects and wasteful government programs. After borrowing $1.4 trillion in 2009 alone and tripling the national debt, Washington is back asking for more from hardworking and overburdened taxpayers in 2010. As nationwide unemployment continued to linger at 10 percent or higher, Washington worked to pass a government-takeover of healthcare that would impose new taxes and fees on every individual, family, and business across Colorado already struggling amidst the recession. Scott knows that we need to bring true fiscal conservatism back to Colorado and back to Washington.