Mike Coffman

Mike Coffman

COLORADO's 6th DISTRICT

Coffman Statement on Aurora Theater Shooting Trial

2015/04/28

(Aurora, CO) -- U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) offered the following statement at the start of the Aurora theater shooting trial:

“Today the path towards justice begins in earnest,” said Coffman. “I want to extend my deepest sympathies to the families of all those affected by this tragic shooting that shook our community three years ago. I hope and pray that justice is done.”

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Distressed by ISIS, Ethiopians in Denver Find Voice in Capitol Rally

2015/04/28

Ethiopian-Americans led an anti-Islamic State rally at the Capitol on Monday, a third day of mourning and protest for tougher U.S. action after the beheading and shooting of 30 Ethiopian migrants in Libya.

But as speakers pointed to how rapidly the Islamic State is spreading, some in the crowd of 150 wrestled with limits of military power.

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Coffman Remarks at Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Field Hearing on Aurora VA Hospital

2015/04/24

(Aurora, CO) -- U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) will give the following remarks at the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee field hearing in Aurora, Colorado on the Aurora VA hospital today.

The hearing begins at 1:30 MST and will be live streaming at http://www.auroratv.org

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Outside Construction Expert Joins Probe Of VA Hospital Cost

2015/04/24

The Veterans Affairs Department investigation into massive cost overruns at its Denver hospital finally has an outside construction expert – more than seven weeks after the department said it requested the help from the Navy, officials said Thursday.

The Navy said it approved the VA’s request on Tuesday. The Associated Press had reported Tuesday that the VA asked for help in February, but the Navy hadn’t responded.

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VA’s Denver Construction Investigation is Missing One Thing: A Construction Expert

2015/04/24

The investigative board tasked with diving deep into what went wrong with the vastly over-budget $1.7 billion Department of Veterans Affairs hospital construction project in suburban Denver has a lawyer on the panel and a specialist in employee relations. The only thing missing: an expert in construction.

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Metro Denver Ethiopians Plan Vigil for Christians Killed by ISIS

2015/04/24

Metro Denver's African immigrant community will hold a candlelight vigil Saturday and events Sunday and Monday to memorialize the 30 or more Ethiopian Christians shown killed by Islamic State militants in a video released Sunday.

Metro Denver is home to about 30,000 Ethiopians and Eritreans.

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Coffman Applauds Military Sex Offender Legislation Passage in Senate

2015/04/23

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) today applauded the U.S. Senate’s inclusion of the Military Sex Offender Reporting Act as an amendment in the anti-trafficking bill that passed unanimously yesterday.

Coffman and U.S. Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA) introduced similar legislation in February in the House of Representatives, aimed at closing a loophole that allowed military sex offenders to avoid being placed on a sex offender registry. 

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VA Doesn’t Ask Outside Experts to Help Unravel Aurora Hospital Construction Woes

2015/04/22

The Veterans Affairs Department has no outside construction expert helping with its investigation into massive cost overruns at its new Aurora hospital, according to congressional testimony and internal emails obtained by The Associated Press.

The disclosure prompted new questions from Congress about how thoroughly the VA will investigate why the price tag ballooned from $630 million to $1.73 billion.

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Silent Voice of the GOP Speaks Up After Gay Group's Summit Snub

2015/04/21

The national furor over the snubbing of a gay rights group by the influential Western Conservative Summit in Denver sparked a national outcry that gay activists hope can be a turning point in Republican politics.

When the national Log Cabin Republicans took to Facebook to protest the Colorado chapter's being uninvited to the summit, the post and the ensuing comments exploded on the social media website.

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Construction Still Underway Amid VA Hospital Storm

2015/04/21

Plumbers, electricians and drywall installers are still at work on the budget-busting Denver veterans hospital, even as the Veterans Affairs Department tries to coax another $830 million from an angry Congress to finish the project, officials said Saturday.

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Contact Information

2443 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-7882
Fax 202-226-4623
coffman.house.gov

Committee Assignments

Veterans Affairs

Armed Services

Mike Coffman began his distinguished career of serving our nation at a very young age.  At age seventeen, after finishing his junior year at Aurora Central High School in 1972, he enlisted in the U.S. Army.   Through the Army, Coffman was able to earn a high school diploma.  In 1974, he left active duty to attend the University of Colorado under the G.I. Bill where he continued his military career by serving in the U.S. Army Reserve.  Coffman took a leave of absence from the U.S. Army Reserve and the University of Colorado to attend D.G. Vaishnav College in Chennai, India in 1976 and the University of Veracruz in Xalapa, Mexico in 1977.  Coffman graduated from the University of Colorado in 1979 and immediately transferred from the U.S. Army Reserve to the U.S. Marine Corps where he served as an infantry officer.

In 1983, Coffman came back home to Colorado and started a small business, an Aurora-based property management company, that would grow to over 20 employees. He remained the senior share holder of the firm for the next seventeen years until selling his interest in 2000. While in business, he continued serving in the military by joining the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

In his role as a Colorado small business owner, Coffman saw the need to bring more common sense pro-growth economic policies to state government so he ran and was elected to the State House of Representatives in 1988 and re-elected in 1990.  Shortly after his 1990 re-election, Coffman took an unpaid leave of absence from the state legislature and volunteered to return to active duty for the first Gulf War where he served as the executive officer for a light armored infantry company.   The battalion that Coffman served in was ordered to attack and defend positions inside of Kuwait, for three consecutive days prior to the main ground attack, as part of a deception and reconnaissance-by-fire operation.  Coffman retired from the military in 1994 after having served for seven years between the U.S. Army and the Army Reserve and thirteen years between the U.S. Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Reserve.

In 1994, Coffman was elected to the State Senate where he served as the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.  While in the State Senate, he completed the Senior Executive Program for State and Local Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  In 1998, Coffman was elected to the office of State Treasurer and re-elected in 2002.  In 2005, the U.S. Marine Corps was under strength in meeting their requirements for the Iraq War and begun to extend Marines beyond their active duty enlistments, recall Marines recently released from active duty, and selectively reach out to retired Marines and request their return to active duty.   Coffman resigned his position as the State Treasurer and volunteered to return to the U.S. Marine Corps for an assignment in Iraq.  In Iraq, Coffman was a civil affairs officer where he worked in support of the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq (IECI) in 2005 and in 2006 he was reassigned to help establish interim local governments in the Western Euphrates River Valley.

In 2006, Coffman came home after completing a full tour of duty in Iraq and was appointed by Governor Bill Owens to serve out the remainder of his term as the State Treasurer.  In that same year, he ran and was elected to the Office of Secretary of State and served in that capacity until he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008.

Coffman is the only veteran in the Colorado delegation and the only Member of Congress to have served in both the first Gulf War and in the Iraq War.  Congressman Coffman represents the 6th Congressional District of Colorado and serves on the Armed Services Committee, the Veteran’s Affairs Committee where he is the Chairman for the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and on the House Committee on Small Business.

Coffman and his wife Cynthia were married in 2005 just before he deployed to Iraq with the U.S. Marine Corps.  Cynthia Coffman was the Chief Legal Counsel to Governor Bill Owens before becoming the Chief Deputy Attorney General for the State of Colorado under Attorney General John Suthers.  Coffman attends Faith Presbyterian Church in Aurora with his eighty year-old mother, Dorothy Coffman.


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Scott Tipton

COLORADO's 3rd DISTRICT

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COLORADO's 4th DISTRICT

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