Mike Coffman

Mike Coffman


Construction Shutdown Averted for Half-Done, Budget-Busting VA Hospital in Aurora?


While Aurora Congressman Mike Coffman races to find stopgap money, the vast, half-finished veterans hospital in Aurora remains mired in an embarrassing scandal with $1 billion in cost overruns making it almost impossible for the VA to persuade skeptical lawmakers to keep the money flowing.

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Coffman Bill Would Continue Veterans Affairs Hospital Construction for 3 More Weeks


Colorado Congressman Mike Coffman has introduced a bill to keep work going at the over-budget, under construction Aurora Veterans Affairs hospital for another three weeks.

HR 2496, the Construction Authorization and Choice Improvement Act, will raise the spending authorization cap on the project to $900 million.

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For Soldiers, Man’s Best Friend is a Great Healer


Aurora Hospital Extension Agreement Reached


(Washington, D.C.) – An agreement has been reached on the looming work stoppage for the Aurora Veterans Affairs hospital, with U.S. House Speaker John Boehner agreeing to a three-week extension that will give more time to negotiate a longer-term agreement.

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Rep. Coffman ‘Greatly Disapointed’ In Boehner For Allowing Work Stoppage At VA Hospital


The deadline for fundingto keep the construction of the new VA hospital being built in Aurora going is fast approaching.

On Wednesday House Speaker John Boehner took to the House floor in Washington to blast the Department of Veterans Affairs for its spending spree on the project. Boehner says the problems are so deep it can’t finish the hospital.

The half-finished project is a billion dollars over budget.

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Second Shutdown Looms for VA Hospital Construction Project in Aurora


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For the second time in five months, work may grind to a halt at the new VA Hospital in Aurora, because congressional leaders have been unable, or unwilling, to reach agreement on a short term funding increase, which would allow construction to continue.

The project is one billion dollars over budget.

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Coffman Decries Washington Politics For Looming Shutdown of Aurora VA Hospital


(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-Aurora), a Marine Corps combat veteran, offered the following statement regarding the looming work stoppage on the Aurora VA hospital.

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Coffman Statement on Aurora VA


(Washington , D.C.) -- U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) offered the following statement regarding the Aurora VA construction disaster:

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Gardner, Bennet, Coffman Issue Statement on Denver VA Hospital


(Washington, D.C.) – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) issued the following statement today regarding the Denver Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center:

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Coffman Urging Colleagues To Support DREAMers in Military


(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) will give the following floor speech this afternoon in support of keeping the amendment in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that encourages military service among DREAMers. 

Representative Mo Brooks from Alabama has a floor amendment that will strip the language from the NDAA and Coffman is urging his colleagues to oppose Brooks’ amendment.

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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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