Full Biography

Congressman Cory Gardner has been a leading conservative voice in Colorado where he served in the state legislature for the last five years, and he hopes to bring those values with him to Washington. 

During his tenure in the Colorado General Assembly, Cory created the Colorado Clean Energy Authority, which brought millions of dollars of economic development to the state.  He brought high-tech telemedicine to rural communities and was a strong voice for rural families and small businesses. 

Cory was also selected by his colleagues as the Colorado House Minority Whip for his leadership in the legislature.  Other honors and awards Cory received as a Colorado state lawmaker include being named Legislator of the Year by the Colorado Livestock Association, Colorado Corn Growers Association, Colorado Child Care Association and Community Pharmacies of Colorado.  Cory also received the Friend of Home Care Award from the Home Care Association of Colorado, and was named a Champion of Rural Colorado by the Independent Bankers. The Colorado Civil Justice League has recognized Cory on numerous occasions for his efforts to reduce frivolous litigation and runaway lawsuit abuse.  In 2009, he received the Guardian of the Taxpayer award from the Colorado Union of Taxpayers.

Always an advocate for limited government and lower taxes, Cory is never one to shy away from tough choices.  His first order of business after being sworn-in as a member of the United States House of Representatives was to co-sponsor a balanced budget amendment and vote to cut 5 percent from his congressional office budget. 

Cory graduated summa cum laude from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science, moving on to law school at the University of Colorado to earn his Juris Doctor. Prior to joining the House of Representatives, Cory served as General Counsel and Legislative Director for U.S. Senator Wayne Allard. Cory has also worked for the National Corn Growers Association.

Cory is a fifth-generation Coloradoan with family roots dating back to 1886.  He grew up working in his family’s farm implement dealership where he did everything from sweep the floors to manage the books and order inventory.  Cory lives with his wife, Jaime, and their 6-year old daughter, Alyson in Yuma, CO in a house that once belonged to his great-grandparents.