Scott Tipton

Scott Tipton


Tipton Votes to Empower States to Manage Gray Wolf Population


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) voted to pass legislation to return the management of the gray wolf to states in response to the determination by the US Fish and Wildlife Service under the Obama Administration that the species is no longer endangered. H.R. 6784, the Manage Our Wolves Act passed the House with a bipartisan vote of 196-180.

“Under the Obama Administration, the Fish and Wildlife Service determined the gray wolf no longer warranted an endangered species designation, but despite the evident recovery, the gray wolf remains listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA),” said Tipton. “Without an effective method of managing the species in place, the gray wolf poses a threat to livestock as well as other native species habitats. It is long past time that the gray wolf be officially de-listed, so state agencies can responsibly manage the population, better tailor management plans to meet the unique circumstances and conditions in each state, and ensure they continue to thrive in a healthy and balanced ecosystem.”

Bonnie Brown, the Executive Director of the Colorado Wool Growers Association, highlighted the importance of H.R. 6784:

“H.R. 6784 is long overdue; wolf populations have been fully recovered for years. H.R. 6784 halts the abuse of the Endangered Species Act, and the tactic of using the judicial system to manipulate a process that is supposed to be grounded in and guided by scientific facts. The ability of state wildlife agencies to appropriately manage wolf populations will remain severely restricted as long as healthy, recovered wolf populations are allowed to remain listed under the Endangered Species Act. We look forward to the implementation of H.R. 6784 which will enable our states to appropriately manage wolf populations while mitigating the impacts of wolves on livestock and big game herds.”


The ESA was passed in 1973 to preserve and recover species that are on the brink of extinction. In 1974, the gray wolf was listed endangered under the ESA.

On June 13, 2013, the Department on the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) published a proposed rule that would remove the gray wolf from the “List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife.” This determination was made after the USFWS “evaluated the classification status of gray wolves currently listed in the contiguous U.S.” and found the “best available science and commercial information indicates that the currently listed entity is not a valid species under the ESA.”

The gray wolf is found in nearly 50 countries around the world and has been placed in the classification of “least concern” globally for risk of extinction by the Species Survival Commission Wolf Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation Nature (IUCN).

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Pilot program to curb opioid addiction to be expanded


A pilot program that encouraged the use of alternatives to opioids at Colorado hospitals will soon be implemented at hospitals across the country as a result of President Donald Trump signing an opioid bill into law last week.

The Alternatives to Opioids in the Emergency Department Act (ALTO Act), included in the opioid legislation that garnered bipartisan support in the U.S. House and Senate, established a permanent version of the Colorado Opioid Safety Collaborative Pilot, in which alternative painkillers were used and encouraged instead of opioids in hospitals. The program was launched in 2017 by the Colorado Hospital Association, which has endorsed the act.

In an interview with The Durango Herald, Rep. Scott Tipton said 10 Colorado hospital emergency departments, including San Luis Valley Health, decreased the use of narcotics by up to 46 percent.

“We’ve had a lot of people lose their lives because of this,” Tipton said when referring to opioid addiction. “If we can make sure that opioids are appropriately used within the medical community and partnering with our patients, that means our families as well, it’s going to be really important.”

Sens. Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet, along with Tipton, worked on the ALTO Act.

In an interview with the Herald, Gardner said he visited some of the hospitals in the pilot program, like San Luis Valley Health, with Tipton and Bennet for roundtable events.

Gardner recalled a leading nurse at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood who told him about her son who died. The nurse said her son was a golfer who had surgery for an injury, and later died from an overdose after becoming addicted to the Vicodin prescribed to him.

Tipton and Gardner both recalled stories about the effect of addiction on children; Gardner saw Narcan offered as a nasal spray so that little children could administer it to their overdosing parents, and Tipton saw babies suffering through withdrawal right after birth.

“If you want something that will tear your heart out, that is something that will impact you greatly,” Tipton said. “We heard from all different angles, from the medical community, from individuals, from law enforcement that’s having to deal with it.”

Gardner said after the three-year pilot program, there will be better protocols in the emergency room, better understanding of alternative pain medication and more innovation on ways to combat opioid addiction. He said the opioid bill adds to other substance abuse acts Congress has passed, including the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act 2.0, which imposed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention limits on prescriptions and appropriated money to recovery programs and first responder training.

Gardner called the bill a “robust bipartisan effort” and said he was “grateful” for Bennet’s work on the Senate committees on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and Finance in helping the bill pass. Bennet lauded Congress for passing the bill, which included four of his backed provisions, but said there is more work to be done.

“Our work on opioids in Washington should reflect the magnitude of the crisis ravaging communities across our country,” Bennet said in a statement last week. “The measures signed into law today are a step in the right direction, but they are not enough. ... We must keep working on meaningful policies to limit the flow of opioids while investing resources to treat those struggling with substance-use disorders.”

Tipton echoed those sentiments.

“This is something we’re certainly looking at, as far as the problem is that we do get illicit drugs coming in illegally into the country,” Tipton said. “We are getting resources to be able to try and clamp down on that. It’s something that will be a moving target, I’m sure.”

Mary Dengler Frey, the regional health connector at the Southwestern Area Health Education Center, a center whose mission is to “improve the quality and accessibility of health-related education,” was unavailable for comment Tuesday.

The Colorado General Assembly also addressed the opioid prescription issue by passing legislation in May that restricts the amount of opioids medical officials can prescribe in a seven-day supply, according to the assembly’s website.

Both Gardner and Tipton said the state bill did not inspire their act, but Gardner said “the Colorado perspective” of how to treat parents and their children influenced their legislation more. Tipton said he was glad to see the state Legislature recognizing the opioid issue.

“This has got to be a collaborative effort in terms of long-term treatment because this isn’t something that, you know, you’re going to go through an afternoon program and everything’s solved, if you have an addiction,” Tipton said. “(We) give resources back from federal and state back to our communities to be able to deal with the issue ... for support.”

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Tipton Provision to Help Combat the Opioid Epidemic Signed into Law


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) made the following statement after President Trump signed into law H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act. The SUPPORT Act is a bipartisan legislative package to help combat opioid abuse and includes H.R. 5197, the Alternatives to Opioids (ALTO) in the Emergency Department Act, a bill Tipton helped introduce.

“For an overwhelming number of Americans, addiction to opioids begins with a prescription. The ALTO Act would address this specific issue by giving hospitals resources to promote non-opioid pain treatments in emergency rooms, helping to ensure people who do not need opioids are never exposed to them in the first place,” said Tipton. “The signing of this bipartisan package of bills into law will implement a variety of innovative solutions to help stem this epidemic and save countless lives.”


The ALTO Act would establish a demonstration program to test alternative pain management protocols to limit the use of opioids in hospital emergency departments. It would also provide grant funding to implement these programs.

The Colorado Hospital Association has endorsed the ALTO Act. In 2017, the Association launched an ALTO pilot program in the state. Ten hospital emergency departments across Colorado took part and were able to decrease the use of narcotics by 31-46 percent across the program.

Colorado has the 12th highest rate of abuse of prescription opioids in the United States.

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Colorado Farm Bureau recognizes Representative Scott Tipton with Friend of Farm Bureau Award


The Colorado Farm Bureau presented Representative Scott Tipton with its Friend of Farm Bureau Award, recognizing him for his contributions to Colorado agriculture.

The Colorado Farm Bureau presented him with the award on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Mitchell Farms near Monte Vista.

The Friend of Farm Bureau award is given at the end of each Congress to members actively working to support agriculture and rural Colorado.

“We are proud to award the Friend of Farm Bureau Award to Congressman Tipton for representing Colorado farm and ranch families in Congress,” said Chad Vorthmann, Colorado Farm Bureau executive vice president.

“Colorado farmers and ranchers have struggled with low commodity prices, severe drought and natural disasters such as wildfires. The Friend of Farm Bureau award goes to policy leaders who understand how difficult it has been to grow food and fiber in this environment yet they continue fighting for the success of the industry,” continued Vorthmann.

The Colorado Farm Bureau is very thankful for Congressman Tipton’s work and the work of all our elected officials that support agriculture and Colorado’s farm and ranch families.

Other recipients of 2018 Friend of Farm Bureau Award include:

The Honorable Cory Gardner, U.S. Senate

The Honorable Ken Buck, U.S. House of Representatives

The Honorable Doug Lamborn, U.S. House of Representatives

The Friend of Farm Bureau award is given every Congress to members who support Farm Bureau policy, and agriculture interests as a whole. Colorado Farm Bureau and its member families are very proud to work with each award recipient and are extremely pleased to award them this honor for their continued support of one of ours states oldest and largest industries.

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Tipton Introduces Bill to Provide Dental Benefits for Low-Income Veterans


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) introduced legislation to provide critical dental benefits for low-income veterans. The Dental Care for Low-Income Veterans Act (H.R. 6963) would create an exemption within the current eligibility requirements for veterans who meet certain income thresholds to receive Veterans Affairs (VA) dental benefits.

“While medical benefits are available to all veterans through the VA, dental benefits are not. This can create a variety of problems for veterans who may not have insurance coverage and cannot afford to pay for a trip to the dentist’s office out of pocket,” said Tipton. “Going without routine dental care can have severe impacts on health and wellbeing, including impacting appearance, decreasing chances of securing employment, impacting mental health and increasing the risk of stroke and heart disease. My bill will provide critical dental benefits to veterans who need them most and better ensure our nation is living up to the promises made to veterans.”

Under current law, eligibility for VA dental care is limited to veterans who have a service-connected disability rated 100%, veterans with a service-connected dental disability or condition, former prisoners of war and homeless veterans.

H.R. 6963 would create an exemption within the current eligibility requirements, providing VA dental benefits to veterans who meet a certain income threshold. Annually, the VA would verify the veteran’s gross household income based on Federal Tax Information obtained by the Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Administration to determine continued eligibility.

The President of Pueblo Community College Veterans Service Group, Jeremy Peterson, highlighted the importance of H.R. 6963:

“A harsh reality for many veterans upon separating from service is the fact that most of us only have the six months separation dental coverage,” said Peterson. “Many veterans leave service and go on to college and only work part-time jobs at best that are not eligible for any sort of employer benefits. This bill if passed would go a long way to bridge this gap that many veterans feel needs to be addressed. Imagine serving your country and leaving service, many of us after multiple combat tours and finding out that if you have a cavity or need a tooth pulled and having to tolerate the pain because you simply can’t afford to address the issue because of more pressing bills to pay. It is my profound hope that this bill will pass and gain support from both parties simply because it is the right thing to do to help those who have already given so much.”

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Tipton seeks assistance for landowners, businesses hurt by wildfires


U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton introduced new legislation earlier this month that would ensure disaster assistance in the form of aid and grants to communities and businesses affected by wildfires.

Tipton introduced the Federal Lands Fire-Related Incidents Recovery and Economic Stimulus (Federal Lands FIRES) Act on Sept. 13 to the House Committees on Financial Services, Natural Resources and Small Business after the 416 Fire, which burned almost 55,000 acres.

The bill will create a new disaster designation for wildfires that burn on federal lands, thus making communities affected by the fires eligible for federal support to aid with damages.

Tipton said he introduced the bill after speaking with constituents in La Plata County about the effects of the 416 Fire that started June 1, including business owners on Main Avenue. He said landowners near the burn area were not going to have “a lot of opportunities” for aid or assistance because they are private landowners while the fire was mostly on public lands.

“These natural disasters, we have to be able to deal with,” Tipton said. “We have … to make sure that those resources are going to be available because in our community, every small business counts. They play a very small, critical role in our economy with jobs.”

Tipton said that because the fire burned mostly on federal land, and the limitations of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, which is the current legislation that authorizes states and local governments to aid citizens after natural disasters, most people affected by the fire are not eligible for aid.

Jack Llewellyn, the executive director of the Durango Chamber of Commerce, said he thinks Tipton’s legislation will make getting federal assistance easier for businesses.

“This would definitely help businesses, because before, you couldn’t get access to some of the funds and grants if it was on federal land, and that would help open that up and change that for a lot of communities that have been impacted,” Llewellyn said. “It will help the businesses gain access to the capital to get through the lean times.”

Llewellyn said he talked about the legislation with Roger Zalneraitis, executive director at La Plata Economic Development Alliance, and met with Tipton about a month ago. Zalneraitis was not available for comment.

Tipton referenced the Durango North/Riverside KOA campground as one of the local businesses that was affected by floods and mudslides after the fire. He said the campground is emblematic of the area that relies on outdoor activity and tourism.

The director of the campground could not be reached Friday for comment, but Llewellyn said he visited the campground after the flooding and found the entire campground decimated by mud and flood waters.

The campground was closed during the fire and has remained closed for the 2018 season as a result of a July 17 mudslide, according to its website. Llewellyn estimated 4 to 7 feet of mud covered the ground. He called the campground’s cleanup an “uphill battle.”

Tipton said he aims to pass the bill with the current sitting Congress before the upcoming midterm elections in November. He is up for re-election as the state’s District 3 congressional representative. He was first elected in 2010.

Tipton said if tourism-based businesses are affected and have adjacent land to the lands affected by the wildfire, then they will have the opportunity for assistance. Any business that fits the parameters can apply for a low-cost loan after this legislation “opens the door,” Tipton said.

Frank Lockwood, executive director of the Durango Area Tourism Office, said the bill will not only help the tourism industry in the area but also non-tourism businesses because tourists and the tourism-based businesses support local businesses.

He said when the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad closed and canceled reservations in June, Durango and Silverton businesses lost thousands of customers who normally would have visited.

“It’s one of those kind of ripple effects,” Lockwood said. “So when something like the train closes down, it just goes everywhere.”

Lockwood said tourism is responsible for one in four jobs in La Plata County, which led to layoffs in Durango and Silverton around the time of the 416 Fire. He said that once those people lost their income, they were no longer frequenting restaurants or grocery stores, which led to more lost business for the non-tourism industry.

“The 416 (Fire) hurt businesses in Durango, and even tourism-based businesses, differently,” Lockwood said. “Some were hurt very badly, some were not hurt at all. (But the bill) seems like it’s opened up new avenues, which certainly can’t hurt.”

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COLUMN: Fulfilling the Mission


Over the years, I have heard too many stories of veterans in my district who experienced delays, cancellations or a lack of response from the Veterans Administration. This has been made worse by the fact that in a rural district like Colorado’s Third Congressional District, so many veterans have been forced to drive hundreds of miles just to get to appointments.

Initially, Congress took action to address the longstanding challenges with veterans’ access to care by passing the Veterans Choice Act. Through this program, if a veteran lived 40 miles away from a VA facility or was unable to obtain care at a VA facility within 30 days, he or she could seek care at a non-VA facility and then those facilities would be reimbursed by the VA.

While the Veterans Choice Program was a step in the right direction, many issues still arose after its implementation. Earlier this year, a General Accounting Office report found that the VA was unable to fulfill its mission of providing veterans with timely medical appointments, despite the billions of dollars in funding that have been funneled into the choice program. Most notably, the report found that veterans still had to wait between 51 and 64 days for appointments with private doctors under the program.

Additionally, reports in 2016 indicated that many non-VA providers were not receiving reimbursements from the VA in a timely manner, which resulted in these non-VA providers either refusing to treat veterans or forcing the veterans to foot bills that they were not equipped to pay.

Our veterans have sacrificed in service to this country and everyone can agree that these heroes deserve better. In response to this urgent problem, I supported, Congress passed, and the president subsequently signed into law a bill that will greatly improve veterans’ access to health care. The VA MISSION Act, will replace the choice program and expand veterans’ access to private sector health care, drastically reducing their wait times.

One of the major provisions included in the VA MISSION Act originally was included in a bill that I authored called the Veterans Improved Access and Care Act of 2017. The provision that was included eliminates the arbitrary 30-day, 40-mile eligibility rule, allowing veterans full access to private and local medical care regardless of their situations or locations. My provision will ensure that no veteran is made to wait, or even worse, go without the health care that they have earned.

This important legislation also addressed the issue of non-VA providers not receiving reimbursements from the VA. The VA MISSION Act creates a standard for timely payment to community care providers to ensure that veterans continue to have the option of receiving care at non-VA facilities and keeps the cost of that care in line with the cost of VA health care to ensure that veterans are not forced to pay bills that were higher than expected.

The VA MISSION Act will also work to improve the health care provided in rural areas by providing additional resources for hiring and retaining VA health professionals, removing barriers to tele-medicine and sending mobile deployment teams to provide specialized and routine health care.

Nothing is more disheartening to me than hearing about veterans not receiving quality or timely care. Every veteran deserves the best health care possible and it is my priority to provide that care. In implementing the VA MISSION Act, we are in a better position to fulfill that mission and I will continue to work to ensure that veterans have access to the care they have earned.

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Tipton Statement on Critical Opioid Abuse Legislation Moving to President’s Desk


WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) praised the passage of important legislation to combat opioid abuse. H.R. 5197, the Alternatives to Opioids (ALTO) in the Emergency Department Act, a bill Tipton helped introduced, passed out of the House as a part of the final House-Senate conference agreement on H.R. 6 (The SUPPORT Act). The SUPPORT Act, which passed with strong bipartisan support, is expected to be approved by the Senate and sent to the President’s desk.

“Too often the path to addiction begins in a place most people would not expect: a doctor’s office or hospital emergency room. The ALTO Act would address this specific issue by giving hospitals resources to promote non-opioid pain treatments in emergency rooms, helping to ensure people who do not need opioids are never exposed to them in the first place,” said Tipton.  “Opioid abuse is a multifaceted issue and no one solution will fully solve the problem. We must implement a variety of solutions, and I commend my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for passing a package of bills, including the ALTO Act, that offers multiple innovative solutions to stem the worst drug epidemic our nation has ever experienced.”


The ALTO Act would establish a demonstration program to test alternative pain management protocols to limit the use of opioids in hospital emergency departments. It would also provide grant funding to implement these programs.

The Colorado Hospital Association has endorsed the ALTO Act. In 2017, the Association launched an ALTO pilot program in the state. Ten hospital emergency departments across Colorado took part and were able to decrease the use of narcotics by 31-46 percent across the program.

Colorado has the 12th highest rate of abuse of prescription opioids in the United States.

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Tipton Bill to Encourage Proactive, Localized Conservation Efforts Receives Hearing in Natural Resources Committee


WASHINGTON D.C. – This week, during a full hearing in the House Natural Resources Committee, Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) spoke in support of his bill, the Land Ownership Collaboration Accelerates Life Act, known as the LOCAL Act (H.R. 6344). The LOCAL Act would encourage localized, proactive conservation efforts to help prevent listings under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

“It is critical that we empower landowners who have boots on the ground to lead critical conservation and recovery efforts,” said Tipton. “We have seen firsthand how local efforts that considered the unique conditions of an area benefited Sage-Grouse recovery in Colorado, and this legislation would continue to implement this successful strategy by incentivizing landowners to take proactive measures that protect threatened and endangered species.”

During the hearing, Tipton asked Mr. Gregg Renkes, Director of the Office of Policy Analysis at the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI), if the DOI has used voluntary conservation practices in the past and if we should be incentivizing these practices in the future.

Mr. Renkes testified that voluntary practices are one of the most important strategies that the Department of Interior utilizes and used the recovery of the Louisiana Black Bear as an example, stating that the species was saved thanks to the voluntary conservation efforts of private forest owners, farmers and landowners. He then agreed that the DOI should incentive local landowners to participate in conservation efforts.

Watch Tipton’s full line of questioning HERE.


The ESA was passed in 1973 to preserve and recover species that are on the brink of extinction. The LOCAL Act would amend the ESA to give the federal government the opportunity to engage non-federal landowners in voluntary conservation efforts through Species Recovery Agreements (SRA), Habitat Reserve Agreements (HRA), Private Party Conservation Grants and a Conservation Planning Loan Program.

Through a SRA or HRA, the Secretary of the Interior could enter into an agreement with a non-federal landowner who agrees to carry our activities that protect or restore habitat and contribute to the recovery of an endangered or threatened species. The landowner would receive payments to cover the costs of the agreements.

Through Private Party Conservation Grants, a private property owner could receive financial conservation aid to alleviate the burden of ESA compliance and states, counties and municipalities could receive assistance for conservation planning through the Conservation Planning Loan Program.

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House Passes Tipton’s Bill to Prevent the Illicit Financing of Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Weapons


WASHINGTON D.C. – This week, Congressman Scott Tipton’s (CO-03) Improving Strategies to Counter Weapons Proliferation Act (H.R. 6332) passed the House. This bill would help financial institutions and law enforcement better recognize and prevent the illicit financing of transfers and exports of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

“The spread of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons is a severe global threat,” said Tipton. “In helping financial institutions and law enforcement work together to better identify the signs of illegal weapons financing, this bill will close existing loopholes that allow bad actors to abuse the U.S. financial system for weapons proliferation.”

Watch Tipton speak in support of H.R. 6332, HERE.

As required by the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), when financial institutions encounter suspicious activity, they file Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) at the Department of Treasury. Even though FinCEN has reported that some SARs have been helpful in individual cases, FinCEN has also determined that more can be done to study these filings and provide financial institutions with guidance on how to proactively prevent illicit weapons financing.

H.R. 6332 would require FinCEN to submit a report to Congress within one year and annually on the following:

  • How the BSA data collected from financial institutions is being used to combat the spread of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons;
  • How FinCEN collaborates with law enforcement, the intelligence community, and foreign financial intelligence units to maximize the use of BSA data collected from financial institutions;
  • Advisory notices issued to financial institutions on financial activity related to the spread of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.

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Tipton Speaks in Support of his Bill to Prevent the Illicit Financing of Weapons Proliferation

2018-09-27 14:20:16

Tipton Speaks in Support of Reauthorizing the Cheney Disposal Cell in Mesa County

2018-09-25 21:14:40

Tipton Speaks on His Legislation to Prevent the Illicit Financing of Dangerous Weapons

2018-07-24 18:32:00

Tipton Speaks on His Legislation to Support Recreation on Ski Areas

2018-07-18 20:23:41

Tipton Speaks at Hearing on Financing of Weapons Proliferation

2018-07-12 20:04:11

Tipton: Education and Energy Act a Win-Win for the American People

2018-06-27 20:16:50

Tipton Speaks on House Efforts to Combat Opioid Epidemic

2018-06-15 14:45:08

Congressman Scott Tipton Speaks on the Success of Tax Reform

2018-06-13 20:46:40

Tipton Speaks in Support of Regulatory Relief Package, which includes his MOBILE Act

2018-05-22 19:34:18

Tipton: High Speed Internet is a Necessity

2018-05-17 21:47:22

Tipton Promotes National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

2018-04-27 15:05:19

Tipton Speaks in Support of his West Fork Fire Station Conveyance Act

2018-04-16 21:48:15

Tipton Calls for Regular Order in the Regulatory Relief Process

2018-04-13 16:27:52

During Tipton Questioning, Mulvaney Encourages House to Improve Senate Banking Bill

2018-04-11 19:54:42

Congressman Tipton March 15, 2018 Telephone Town Hall

2018-03-28 18:45:44

Congressman Tipton March 26, 2018 Telephone Town Hall

2018-03-28 18:45:22

Tipton Thanks Zinke for Efforts on Anvil Points, Asks About Arkansas Valley Counduit, BLM Move

2018-03-15 19:30:24

Tipton Speaks on his Financial Institutions Examination Fairness and Reform Act

2018-03-15 19:11:48

Tipton: TAILOR Act Will Reduce Unnecessary Burdens on Community Banks

2018-03-14 20:53:38

Tipton Highlights Need for Natural Gas Investment

2018-02-28 16:41:28

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Congressman Scott Tipton was raised in Cortez, Colorado. He graduated from Ft. Lewis College in Durango, where he studied Political Science and became the first person in his family to earn a college degree. After college, he returned home to Cortez and co-founded Mesa Verde Indian Pottery with his brother Joe. It was through his business that Scott met his wife, Jean, who is a former school teacher. The Tipton’s have two daughters, Liesl and Elizabeth, and two  sons-in-law, Chris and Jace.

After a lifetime running his small business, Scott was elected as a Republican to the Colorado House of Representatives for the 58th District in November of 2008. During his time at the state House, he worked to ensure quality water for the people of Colorado and to improve the air quality of Southwest Colorado. He also sponsored legislation to protect 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.

Scott was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010 and again in 2012 for a second term.

In the 112th Congress, Scott pushed hard to advance a federal version of Katie’s Law to encourage additional states to implement minimum DNA collection standards and enhanced collection processes for felons in order to strengthen law enforcement’s ability to prevent violent crimes, and protect women and children.  That effort became a reality when the President signed Katie’s Law on January 3, 2013.

Using his positions on the House Natural Resources, Agriculture and Small Business Committees, Scott has is fighting for the issues that most directly impact Coloradans, many of which involve our state’s extensive open spaces and natural resources.  In his first term, Scott introduced legislation to encourage healthy forest management and prevent wildfire, as well as passed a bill in the House with bipartisan support to advance the development of clean, renewable hydropower.  He is also leading the charge in Congress to stop a federal grab of privately-held water rights, standing up for farmers and ranchers, the ski industry, and all who rely on their water rights to survive.

Scott is champion of advancing an all-of-the-above energy solution that balances common sense conservation with responsible development. He passed the Planning for American Energy Act through the House (as a title under the American Domestic Energy and Jobs Act) to put requirements into place to develop wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal, oil, natural gas, coal, oil shale and minerals, based on the needs of the American people.

Scott has used his experience as a small businessman to inform his work as a Subcommittee Chairman on the Small Business Committee. Here he has worked to protect farmers and ranchers from regulatory overreach, as well as push for expanded trade opportunities for Colorado products. Scott is a co-founder of the Congressional Small Business Caucus, a bipartisan caucus committed to open dialogue on the issues that most impact small businesses.  Members of the Congressional Small Business Caucus are dedicated to advancing efforts to foster the economic certainty needed for small businesses and entrepreneurs to succeed and create jobs.

In the 113th Congress, Scott continues to represent the many interests of one of the most diverse and geographically vast districts in the nation. He will fight to bring Colorado common sense to Washington—focusing on reforming regulation, protecting Colorado’s natural environment, encouraging responsible all-of-the-above energy development, reducing government spending, and removing hurdles so that small businesses can do what they do best—create jobs.

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Ken Buck


Doug Lamborn


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