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Colorado voters reelect Congressman Scott Tipton for a fourth term
November 8, 2016

Cortez, CO – Tonight, Congressman Scott Tipton was overwhelmingly reelected to his fourth term in Congress. “I am honored to be re-elected to serve the people of Colorado’s 3rd Congressional district,” said Congressman Tipton. “None of this would have been possible without the support of my family and the volunteers and supporters who have worked tirelessly over this past year.”

Congressman Tipton has an established record of rising above dysfunction in Washington to find bi-partisan solutions to everyday problems. Tipton sponsored legislation to ease regulations on community banks in order to allow greater access to capital for families and businesses in rural areas. He has carried bills to protect our water rights, forests and help secure our energy future.

“In my next term, my number one priority will be creating economic opportunities for all Coloradans. Our economic recovery has largely been concentrated to Front Range and I will continue to fight for solutions to create equitable growth that spreads into Southern and Western Colorado.” Congressman Tipton continued. “There is still much work to be done and I look forward to getting back to work serving the people of Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District.”

Pueblo Chieftain: Tipton for Congress
The Pueblo Chieftain
October 23, 2016

U.S. REP. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., is the clear choice for re-election to Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District over Democratic challenger Gail Schwartz. The 3rd District, stretching from Pueblo and the San Luis Valley into the Western Slope, is by far the largest of the state’s seven congressional districts. The Republican-leaning district has a GOP voter-registration edge of 22,000-plus over Democrats. The unaffiliated outnumber Democrats by at least 7,000 registrations.

Tipton, 59, grew up in Cortez, where he co-founded a small business, Mesa Verde Indian Pottery, that his family still runs.

Schwartz, 67, was born and raised in Chicago. She came West and received a marketing degree at the University of Colorado in Boulder in 1971. (read more...)

Colorado Springs Gazette Endorses Tipton
The Gazette
October 7, 2016

We're very proud to share the news that the Colorado Springs Gazette has endorsed Scott, here are some highlights of what the Gazette editorial board had to say:

"We cannot afford a cocooned climate change crusader in Congress, raising costs and killing jobs for hard-working Coloradans. Re-elect Scott Tipton to protect businesses, families and jobs."

"She (Schwartz) seems incapable of understanding the challenges of farmers, miners and other working-class constituents who make up most of the Third Congressional District. She legislated against their best interests. Meanwhile, Tipton has spent three terms fighting for Colorado jobs, public lands, small businesses, farmers, and energy."

"Growing evidence suggests former State Sen. Gail Schwartz has hurt low-income and rural Coloradans. She hopes a negative campaign against U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton will fool them into sending her to Congress."

"Much of the hardship relates to aggressive environmental mandates championed by Schwartz, who seems more concerned about climate change than anything else."

"Rate hikes are no great burden in the resorts Schwartz calls home. At least 10 billionaires own vacation homes in Snowmass and few, if any, climb into mines for a living. Global warming is a bigger concern than making ends meet."

Read the full endorsement here.

Denver Post Endorses Tipton
The Denver Post
October 5, 2016

Rep. Scott Tipton is a strong incumbent for Colorado's Western Slope, an enormous district that contains much of the state's pristine wilderness, Rocky Mountain peaks and also a significant oil and gas industry trying to develop resources on public lands.

The three-term Republican is an ally of the energy industry, something his opponent in the race, a well-liked state lawmaker, has challenged as too cozy.

But Tipton fought for Chimney Rock to be designated as a national monument, something President Obama ultimately accomplished through proclamation when Tipton’s bill stalled. And he worked with Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat, to protect 100,000 acres in the Hermosa Creek watershed.

Tipton strikes an enlightened conservative balance between preserving the environment and public lands and also recognizing the importance of opening up some lands for oil and gas extraction (read more...)

American dream is still possible
By Scott Tipton
Pueblo Chieftain
October 12, 2016

I recently asked over 100,000 people across the 3rd Congressional District if they thought today’s kids are on track to be better off than their parents.

Of those who responded, nearly 78 percent said no. This sentiment isn’t unique to Colorado. An August 2016 Gallup poll revealed that 72 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the way things are going in the United States.

Many of us baby boomers have been lucky to experience the American dream. After growing up in Cortez I had the opportunity to attend Fort Lewis College and become the first person in my family to earn a college degree. (read more...)

Scott Tipton: Creating jobs, opportunities for Colorado
By Scott Tipton
Steamboat Today
October 11, 2016

Owning a small business for 30 years in Cortez taught me a lot. I learned first hand the impact an overbearing government can have on a business’ ability to create jobs.

There were times when I would have to forfeit my own paycheck in order to make sure my employees and bills got paid. Putting your employees and your community first is an important experience and ultimately is what led me to public service. It has been an honor to represent the district where I grew up, went to college and started my family and business.

During my time in Congress, I have focused on passing bipartisan legislation that emphasizes local control and adaptive and responsive regulation. This approach is critical in getting government out of the way so our local job creators can do what they do best: innovate and create jobs. (read more...)

Tipton bill would expand rural banking
The Dialy Sentinel
October 6, 2016

A bill that sponsors claim would expand banking services to rural Americans has been introduced in the U.S. House.

The measure would allow Americans to use their smartphones to open and manage accounts, said U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., one of three sponsors of the bill, H.R. 6287. The other two are an Illinois Republican and an Alabama Democrat.
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Bill aims to protect people in land disputes
The Dialy Sentinel
October 5, 2016

A measure that would protect individuals who are found after federal surveys to be trespassing on federal land has been reintroduced in Congress by U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo.

The measure, H.R. 6288, would require the Bureau of Land Management to give 30 days notice to all property owners whose property is near federal land that is to be resurveyed. The measure also would give an affected private landowner the right of first refusal to purchase land discovered to be federal property that had been treated as private land.
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Hundreds weigh in on Hermosa Creek management plan
The Durango Herald
October 5, 2016

Several hundred public comments were received regarding a resource management plan for the Hermosa Creek Watershed Management Plan, U.S. Forest Service district ranger Matt Janowiak said Wednesday.

“This is one of the first NEPAs (National Environmental Policy Act) that I’ve been a part of where I’ve seen people really take the time and tell us what they think,” Janowiak said.

On Wednesday, Janowiak, along with Trout Unlimited’s Ty Churchwell and Trails 2000 executive director Mary Monroe, took a tour of the Hermosa Creek watershed with Republican Congressman Scott Tipton.
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Fact check: Did Gail Schwartz “devastate” Delta County’s economy?
The Denver Post
September 24, 2016

...Tipton’s claims, as a whole, are mostly true.

Schwartz did work to limit emissions by coal-producing power plants throughout her time as a state senator, and the coal industry in Colorado and in Delta County — where coal mines were a major part of the economy — has suffered as a consequence. But the impact of SB 252 on these losses is limited. (read more...)

Tipton bill aims to ease burdens on small banks
The Daily Sentinel
September 14, 2016

A measure aimed at reducing the regulatory burden on community banks passed the House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday.

The measure by U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., passed the same committee as a standalone measure and is now included in a larger package of bills contained with H.R. 5983, the Financial Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers, and Entrepreneurs (CHOICE) Act of 2016.

The package of measures would reduce what sponsors call burdensome federal regulations that have crippled community banks and credit unions as a result of the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010. (read more...)

Lost coal jobs fuel debate in Gail Schwartz-Scott Tipton race on Western Slope
The Denver Post
September 12, 2016

Hard times for Colorado’s coal industry have become a flashpoint in the fight for the state’s 3rd Congressional District, with Republican Scott Tipton and Democrat Gail Schwartz trading barbs over who is to blame for hundreds of lost jobs. Gail Schwartz and Scott TiptonGail Schwartz and Scott Tipton

Pressing the issue is Tipton, a third-term incumbent whose campaign last week unveiled a three-minute video that takes aim at votes Schwartz cast as a state lawmaker — including a 2010 measure that pushed Xcel Energy to switch some of its power plants from coal to natural gas.

“Gail Schwartz was elected to represent Delta County but instead she sided with climate alarmists in Denver and in Aspen, pushing renewable energy policies that are directly responsible for the loss of over 1,000 coal-mining jobs,” Tipton said. (read more...)

Tipton, Schwartz differ on how to do the job in Congress
Pueblo Chieftain
August 26, 2016


STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Rep. Scott Tipton renewed his pledge to knock back federal regulatory overreach at every opportunity at the Colorado Water Congress summer conference.

The Republican’s Democratic challenger, Gail Schwartz, said she would reach across the aisle to protect Colorado’s resources and interests in Congress.

Both candidates stopped by the conference to make their pitch and answer questions at a meeting of a statewide group.

The 3rd Congressional District encompasses most of the Colorado River basin, as well as some of the Arkansas River, and all of the Rio Grande and North Platte River watersheds in Colorado. Pointedly, it was the only congressional race on the menu for those at the conference.

Tipton, seeking his fourth term, was stringent on the need to keep the federal government from meddling in Colorado water affairs. He said last year’s Gold King mine spill caused by the Environmental Protection Agency was an example of the failure to seek local technical expertise. He railed against federal policies such as Waters of the United States and Forest Service ski area contracts that would have required assignment of water rights.
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Commissioners air land issues during Tipton visit
The Journal
August 13, 2016


Montezuma County commissioners aired grievances about the federal government to the sympathetic ear of Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton during a meeting Wednesday in county chambers.

Topics ranged from eagles and roads, to federal land policy and burdensome archaeology studies.

On eagles, commissioner Larry Don Suckla said federal buffer requirements for nests are inconsistent and unfair. A golden eagle nest in a proposed trail expansion at Phil’s World is forcing trails to be rerouted or eliminated.

“How is it that a bike trail can not go under an eagle’s nest but a bright yellow raft full of people on the Lower Dolores River can float directly under one?” he said.
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