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Mike Coffman is currently serving the 6th Congressional District of Colorado

Mike Coffman has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 6th district of the State of Colorado, since 2009 (map).

Positions, record and controversies

Abortion

Coffman supports making abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered. He would support making Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies prohibited from being used on abortion procedures. [1]

Spending

Coffman would see to increase spending on education, environment, and international aid. He would seek to maintain current levels of spending on defense, FEMA, homeland security, both state and federal law enforcement, medical research, national parks, public health services, scientific research, space exploration, and transportation and highway infrastructure. He would support cuts to agriculture, United Nations, and welfare and the elimination of arts funding. [1]

Taxes

Coffman supports slight decreases in family income taxes across the income board. He would support maintaining the current alcohol, cigarette and gasoline taxes but would like to greatly decrease the capital gains, inheritance and corporate taxes. [1]

Campaign Finance and Government Reform

Coffman Supports increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns. [1]

Education

Coffman supports allowing parents to use vouchers to send their children to any public, private, or religious school. He would support increasing Pell Grant programs and decreasing Stafford Loans. He supports banning university financial aid officers from owning stock in or accepting gifts from student loan lenders and requiring universities to disclose financial relationships with lenders. He supports eliminating all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind). [1]

Employment

Coffman supports increasing funding for national job-training programs that retrain displaced workers or teach skills needed in today’s job market. He supports reduced government regulation of the private sector and would encourage employers to offer child care services, flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies. [1]

Environment and Energy

Coffman supports increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil) and domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted. He would support further development and use of alternative fuels, research and development of nuclear reactors as an alternative energy source and international voluntary emission targets to limit global warming. [1]

Health Issues

Coffman supports expanding eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts, allowing the importation of prescription drugs into the United States and offering tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage. [1]

Immigration

Coffman supports decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country but supports merit-based visas or family-based visas. He supports harsher financial penalties for those knowingly employing illegal immigrants but does support a temporary worker program. [1]

International Policy

Coffman supports the United States granting aid to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives and when the security interests of the United States are involved. He supports U.S. leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. He is in support of imposing greater international sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates. He supports using greater economic and diplomatic sanctions against North Korea if it fails to abide by its agreement to suspend its nuclear program. He supports continued military support in Afghanistan and U.S. involvement in ending the violence in Darfur. He supports a more conservative American Foreign Policy that is less reliant on nation building as a principle tool for achieving America's foreign policy objectives. Coffman supports the U.S. imposing trade trade sanctions on Venezuela. He supports U.S involvement in free trade agreements and intergovernmental organizations dedicated to trade. [1]

Iraq War

Coffman is opposed to a fixed timetable for troop withdrawals from Iraq. However, having served in Iraq with the U.S. Marines, I do believe that the process can be moved along faster than it currently is. [1]

National Security Issues

Coffman supports allowing law enforcement agencies to have greater discretion to monitor domestic communications, to prevent future terrorist attacks. He believes the U.S. should hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country and is willing to use support preemptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security. He supports expanding the missile defense shield. [1]

Social Issues

Coffman does not support same-sex couples be allowed to marry and would support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. He does not support federal funding for research on new or existing embryonic stem cell lines. He believes the federal government should stop affirmative action programs. [1]

Bio

Coffman currently serves as Colorado's Secretary of State.[2]

2008 elections

Coffman won the Republican nomination and was seeking to replace retiring incumbent Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) in the 2008 congressional elections.[3][4] He went on to defeat Democratic challenger Henry Eng in November 2008 general elections. [5]


Money in politics

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Campaign contributions

The following is drawn from government records of campaign contributions to Mike Coffman. Campaign contributions are one of the most direct conduits for influencing members of Congress. How to use this information. <crpcontribdata>cid=N00024753&cycle=2008</crpcontribdata>

Information on this candidate's 2010 fundraising is not yet available.

Committees and affiliations

Committees

Coffman will be assigned committees if and when he is elected to Congress.

Affiliations

More background data

Contact

Coffman for Congress
9135 Ridgeline Blvd, Suite 170
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
303-791-6432

Email: info@coffmanforcongress.com

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Articles and resources

Related SourceWatch articles

Sources

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 Project Vote Smart Political Courage Test
  2. Coffman for Congress
  3. Green Papers: Colorado's Congressional Candidates
  4. Mike Coffman for Congress campaign website
  5. "Colorado 2008 General Election", TheGreenPapers.com, November 4, 2008

External resources

External articles

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
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Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 4, 2008
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 2009
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
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Freshman Member?
Yes
Previous Political Work?
Colorado House of Representatives, Colorado State Senate, Colorado State Treasurer, Colorado Secretary of State
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District Offices:
1. 9220 Kimmer Dr., Suite #220, Lone Tree, CO 80124
Phone: 720-283-9772 / Fax: 720-283-9776





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Date of Birth: February 27, 1955