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 29 years, Jean, who is now a former 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 Captain Chris Ross USAF. Elizabeth graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona in 2011 with a degree in Aviation Business Administration.
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.
Since being elected to Congress in 2010 Congressman Tipton was appointed to the committees on Small Business, Natural Resources, and Agriculture.
Here is a short list of legislation Congressman Tipton has championed to help get Coloradans back to work.
- Introduced legislation to lower the corporate, capital gains, and dividends tax rates to help businesses stay competitive in the global market and bring jobs back to Colorado.
- Introduced and passed through committee the Healthy Forest Management Act which focuses on conservation and aims to establish proactive measures by increasing state control over the management decisions of high-risk areas. It would allow local officials to protect their communities and environment with preventative action that limits the spread of future fires by inhibiting contributing factors like bark beetle infestation, severe drought conditions, and unmanaged dense forests.
- Helped put forward legislation to expand access to capital by allowing community banks to increase responsible lending to small businesses—these loans are the life blood of a small business.
- Introduced the legislation to expand clean hydropower development by decreasing the regulatory burden. My Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act of 2011 would translate to clean energy and much needed new jobs in Colorado—the United States needs an “all of the above” energy policy.
- We opened up new markets for agriculture producers and created as many as 500 new jobs for rural Colorado by expanding free trade with Colombia, South Korea and Panama.
- Introduced the Energy in Education Act of 2011 that will increase funding for our school children while creating jobs in Colorado and decreasing our dependence on foreign oil.
- Amended the PIONEERS Act to protect our towns and counties from being negatively impacted by the increased exploration of Colorado’s natural resources. Increasing our domestic energy supply will create jobs for Colorado and decrease our dependence on foreign oil, however it must be done in a responsible way.
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