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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. The Tipton’s welcomed their first grandchild in 2014, Adaleigh Grace (Liesl and Chris).
After three decades of 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 is serving in his third 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.
In the 113th Congress, Scott passed numerous pieces of legislation in the House, including bills to advance healthy forest management and prevent wildfire, and encourage all-of-the-above energy development. Scott also got a bill signed into law with bipartisan support to advance the development of clean, renewable hydropower. He is leading the charge in Congress to stop federal attempts to encroach on private property, including fighting massive federal grabs 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 a 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 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 in Congress. He has fought to protect farmers and ranchers from regulatory overreach, as well as push for expanded trade opportunities for Colorado products. He also continues to work to advance opportunities to increase access to capital for small businesses from community banks, and is working alongside his colleagues to repeal some of the unintended consequences of the massive Dodd-Frank legislation that have hampered local economic growth.
In the 114th Congress, Scott continues to represent the many interests of one of the most diverse and geographically vast districts in the nation. He is serving on the House Committee on Financial Services, and is a Vice Chair of the Congressional Western Caucus.
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.
He will continue the fight to bring Colorado common sense to Washington—focusing on reforming regulation, reining in executive overreach, 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.