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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.
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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.

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. (8454296337)

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. (204-750-7188)

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. (3193638407)

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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Tipton wraps up opioid listening tour
Glenwood Springs Post Independent
July 21, 2016

Craig — As lawmakers in Washington, D.C., tackle the nation’s growing problem of prescription drug abuse, Rep. Scott Tipton turned to the communities he represents to help him understand prescription opioid and heroin abuse.

On Thursday, Tipton, R-Cortez, was in Craig for the last of four roundtable meetings held across the 3rd Congressional District to discuss the issue.

“I’m a big believer that nobody knows our communities better than we do,” Tipton said.
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Monumental mistake
Pueblo Chieftain Editorial
July 20, 2016

U.S. REP. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., and the majority of his House colleagues deserve recognition as heroes for their votes to block the federal government from limiting the use of public lands in Southern Colorado.

The expansion of New Mexico’s Rio Grande del Norte National Monument north into Conejos, Chaffee and four other Colorado counties is being attempted without the backing of those communities. A House majority agreed. Now the anti-expansion measure must be approved by the Senate and the White House (President Barack Obama already has vowed to veto it) must sign off on the bill before it would become law.

Tipton and his colleagues want to bar the use of any funds for a monument created by the president under the Antiquities Act.

We agree with Tipton when he stated, “The president’s use of the Antiquities Act to unilaterally designate massive blocks of land across the West as national monuments — without local input or support from the surrounding communities — amounts to a complete disregard for the will of the American people and their ability to have their voices heard.”
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House measure would protect rights to water
Grand Junction Sentinel
July 14, 2016

A measure by U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., that would protect state-issued water rights against federal taking is included in an appropriations measure now headed to the Senate.

Passage of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2017, H.R. 5538, marked the first Interior appropriations bill to pass the House in seven years.

The measure sets the budget and policy priorities for the Forest Service, Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and other agencies.
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Guest opinion: How to fight rising opioid addiction
Glenwood Springs Post Independent Opinion
by Scott Tipton
July 12, 2016

Widespread opioid abuse is having a tragic impact on communities in Colorado and across the nation. If I were to poll the entire Third Congressional District, I’m sure that most people could say that they have either been personally affected or know someone who has been affected by the growing abuse of prescription painkillers and heroin in our state.

Ensuring the health and safety of the members of our communities is a shared responsibility. This is why I recently hosted two roundtable discussions on the opioid abuse epidemic with community, health care and law enforcement leaders in Alamosa and Pueblo.

I believe that the best solutions to problems like these are developed at the local level, so it was important for me to be able to bring stakeholders together around one table to talk about the steps the community is already taking to curb prescription drug and heroin abuse, as well as gather input on how the federal government can better support these efforts.
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‘We weren’t listened to’ on sage-grouse policy, Garfield County says
Glenwood Springs Post Independent
July 11, 2016

After a year-long Freedom of Information Act battle with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Garfield County commissioners have successfully obtained 138 of the Interior’s emails regarding greater sage-grouse land use amendments.

In the communications, the commissioners are looking for conflicts with the National Environmental Policy Act, which requires collaboration with local governments in public land planning.

Commissioners say these land use amendments for the greater sage-grouse, which were approved last year, threaten the county’s energy development interests and apply a blanket land use policy that doesn’t fit with the county’s terrain.

House passes bill to push abandoned mine cleanup
One of three bills tied to Gold King Mine spill

Durango Herald
July7, 2016

ASHINGTON, D.C. – Abandoned mine land reclamation took a step forward in Congress this week as the House passed the “Bureau of Land Management Foundation Act,” which aims to set up funds to clean up abandoned mine sites.

The bill, introduced by Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., would create the Energy and Minerals Reclamation Foundation, which would be tasked with obtaining and using funds for the cleanup of abandoned coal mines, hard-rock mines and onshore oil and gas wells.

Hice’s legislation is part of a three-part bill package introduced to address abandoned mine cleanup. The other two bills include the Mining Schools Enhancement Act and the Locatable Minerals Claim Location and Maintenance Fees Act, which also includes good Samaritan language that was added by Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez.
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Rep. Tipton meets with communities about heroin
July 1, 2016

PUEBLO, Colo. - Rep. Scott Tipton has been traveling throughout Southern Colorado speaking to communities about the heroin and opioid addiction that many of them, including Pueblo, are facing.

Tipton met with community leaders Friday in Pueblo. They spoke to him about the concerns that they are seeing with heroin and prescription drug abuse.

The participants in the roundtable discussion gave Tipton suggestions, including one about more funding for educational opportunities for children so they know how harmful the drugs can be.

Tipton says he will take these ideas back to Congress and to see what can be done to help people in Colorado.

"To be able to get the resources, response mechanisms, back to our state, back to our communities, to where we'll hopefully see some positive outcomes," Tipton said.

He is currently working in Washington D.C. on 18 bills that would help prevent heroin and opioid addiction.
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How Colorado’s Energy Revolution Continues to Take Shape
Route Fifty
June 29, 2016

VAIL, Colo. — Colorado isn’t just a battleground state politically this election year, it’s also a state being roiled by either a renewable energy revolution or a war on fossil fuels, depending on your point of view.

Both the current Democratic governor and his Democratic predecessor recently told Route Fifty that what’s happening to Colorado’s electricity generation mix—a fairly rapid shift away from coal and into natural gas, wind and solar—is being driven more by national and international market forces than state and federal policies.

How the state responds to those forces and helps to transform the economies of rural communities still dependent on resource extraction has become a key question for policymakers.
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How Colorado’s Energy Revolution Continues to Take Shape
Route Fifty
June 29, 2016

VAIL, Colo. — Colorado isn’t just a battleground state politically this election year, it’s also a state being roiled by either a renewable energy revolution or a war on fossil fuels, depending on your point of view.

Both the current Democratic governor and his Democratic predecessor recently told Route Fifty that what’s happening to Colorado’s electricity generation mix—a fairly rapid shift away from coal and into natural gas, wind and solar—is being driven more by national and international market forces than state and federal policies.

How the state responds to those forces and helps to transform the economies of rural communities still dependent on resource extraction has become a key question for policymakers.
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Tipton seeks 4th term
Grand Junction Sentinel
June 24, 2016

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, a Cortez Republican, is seeking his fourth term in the House of Representatives, beginning with the GOP primary on Tuesday.

During his five years in the House, Tipton has focused on natural resources, especially water and forest health.

Tipton has turned his attention to banking issues in which he says rural Americans are hamstrung by regulations aimed at large banks. He has introduced legislation that would require regulators to take into account the condition of financial institutions with low operational risks. The bill is awaiting House action.

His legislative successes include a bill to encourage the development of small hydroelectric power generation on pipes, ditches and conduits, which was signed into law.

His bill aimed at reducing the ability of federal agencies such as the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to demand water rights in exchange for permits to use federal land has twice passed the House and awaits action in the Senate.

A measure that would give states more control of efforts to recover the greater sage grouse also is awaiting Senate action. A southwest Colorado native and graduate of Fort Lewis College, he and his wife, Jean, have two daughters.
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Tipton: Stop foot-dragging on coal study
Grand Junction Sentinel
June 23, 2016

The Office of Management and Budget’s involvement in an environmental study of the North Fork coal area is creating uncertainty, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., said in a letter to the agency head.

The environmental study, which was to be completed this fall, was delayed at the request of the agency, which is part of the executive office of the president.

The OMB said the delay was needed to study the “novel policy purposes” of the agreement under which the U.S. Forest Service was considering allowing coal mining beneath roadless areas in the North Fork Valley of the Gunnison River.

The delay, Tipton wrote to OMB head Shaun Donovan, seemed incongruous because the agency had raised no questions when the agreement was reached six years previously.
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Veterans honored in ceremonies in Cortez and Mancos
Those who sacrificed honored during Memorial Day event

Cortez Journal
May 30, 2016

Military veterans were honored on Memorial Day with prayers, a flag ceremony and a hearty breakfast at the American Legion Ute Mountain Post 75 in Cortez.

“We put out 140 chairs, and they’re nearly all taken,” said incoming commander Scott Magness. “This is one of our better turnouts.”

After a rifle team salute and taps bugle call, Ute Mountain Rodeo royalty served up breakfast for donations.

“The money goes into an account to help local veterans,” said Carol Wilson, veterans and rehabilitation chairman.

Outgoing commander Marv Hermanns handed over the reins to Magness.

“It is an honor to pay tribute to the hundreds of thousands of veterans who have honorably served this great country and are now deceased,” Hermanns said. “Let us strive to educate the younger generations about paying respect for those who have come before us, and may God bless and protect this wonderful country.”

U.S. Rep Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, returned to his district for events this weekend, including Saturday’s Iron Horse Bicycle Classic in Silverton.
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Gail leads the charge!
May 16, 2016

Gail Schwartz is now the undisputed, irrefutable, undeniable leader of the war on Colorado coal.

Gail Schwartz has destroyed communities in Colorado and now wants to represent them in Congress.

In both direct high paying mining jobs and indirect jobs and small businesses, Gail Schwartz’s leadership in the State Capitol has cost rural Colorado.

Unfortunately, this is not political hyperbole these are facts.

From Ballotpedia’s Verbatim Fact Check:

SB 13-252 is a primary example; it amplified from 10 percent to 20 percent the quantity of electricity supplied by rural electric cooperatives from renewable sources by 2020. The bill’s various critics, including the Colorado Mining Association, and Colorado’s second-largest power generator, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association maintained that if the bill were implemented, the consequences would be costly for an estimated one million Colorado residents, as well as increase unemployment in rural Colorado where the coal industry is concentrated.

It went on to conclude:

…an examination of that bill (SB 13-252) and similar bills supported by Schwartz confirms that she did in fact play a significant role in passing legislation that led to lower coal production.

Read the entire article formerness

Gail Schwartz has left rural Colorado behind to make sure she is invited to all the important Aspen cocktail parties.

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton: Federal attempts to take private water loom in the West
Craig Daily Press
April 14, 2015

After much public outcry, the federal government has attempted to distance itself from its most recent attempt to trample state law and take or interfere with private water rights. While administration officials are claiming “there’s nothing to see here,” short of guarantees that can only be provided through legislation, our private water rights — on which countless Westerners and communities rely for their livelihood — will continue to be at risk.
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Durango Herald: Tipton for Congress
October 12, 2014

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton has been a relatively low-profile member of a House of Representatives known recently for its collective bravado and bluster. Since his election in 2010, Tipton has been attuned to the nation’s economic challenges and has focused his legislative agenda accordingly. In so doing, he has carried measures that aim to ease regulatory burdens on various industries. The most successful of those have been crafted and carried with bipartisan support.

His measure streamlining the permitting process for small hydropower projects passed both chambers of Congress and was signed into law – a rarity for any measure in today’s political climate. He also has Democratic partners in his effort to secure ski areas’ water rights and has worked broadly in supporting pilot projects in Pagosa Springs and Gypsum to harvest dead trees for energy.

These measures and others that have gathered less momentum have been informed by Tipton’s wariness of regulations – a mindset that has spurred him to push back on federal agencies attempting to broaden their reach. He has criticized the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule to extend the reach of the Clean Water Act, an effort Tipton calls “the biggest water grab in history.” He has resisted an endangered species listing for sage grouse and asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to be more specific about its goals for restoring the birds’ population. At times, Tipton’s anti-regulation mindset goes too far, but his questions are relevant and worthy of consideration.
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Scott Tipton is the clear choice - Pueblo Chieftain
October 8, 2014

U.S. REP. Scott Tipton is the clear choice for re-election to his third term representing Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District. The Republican incumbent is being challenged this year by Democrat Abel Tapia, a former Pueblo legislator, school board member and Colorado Lottery director.

Both candidates are longtime owners of small businesses.

Both are well-acquainted with the sprawling 3rd Congressional District, which includes 29 counties from the Western Slope to the San Luis Valley and Pueblo. While this vast region is economically and culturally diverse, the district carries an essentially rural identity at odds with congested metropolitan areas.

Rep. Tipton and Mr. Tapia have sharply differing governing philosophies.

The GOP congressman believes the nation needs to “get the private sector moving again” and to make “the government get out of the way” of economic progress.

Mr. Tapia espouses government spending on infrastructure projects to stimulate the economy.



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