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Mark Emery Udall, a Democrat, has represented Colorado in the U.S. Senate since 2009. He won the seat vacated by Sen. Wayne Allard (R-Colo.), who had stated that he would not seek a third term. Previously Udall represented the 2nd District of Colorado in the House of Representatives from 1999-08. That district was based in Boulder and included most of Denver's northwestern suburbs, along with several ski resorts. (map) 
Record and controversies
Udall voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.
In late June 2007, Rep. Udall, along with Reps. Frank Wolf (R-Va.), Christopher Shays (R-Conn.), Michael McCaul (R-Texas), and Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.), issued a letter to President Bush, urging him to reconstitute the Iraq Study Group. The bipartisan group referred to a provision included in the Foreign Operations appropriations bill passed by the House to provide $1 million to the U.S. Institute for Peace to reestablish the Iraq Study Group. The members worried whether the President would sign the bill with that amendment included. Rep. Udall stated that allowing the group to update their report would give the President, Congress, and the public an independent perspective on the situation in Iraq to compare with the report due by General Petraeus in September.
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The Weather Modification Research and Technology Transfer Authorization Act of 2005 (H.R.2995), was introduced June 20, 2005 by Rep. Mark Udall. It was a companion bill to the Senate's Weather Modification Research and Technology Transfer Authorization Act of 2005 (S.517), 1st Session, 109th Congress, on the floor of the U.S. Senate. The bill would establish the Weather Modification Operations and Research Board to overlook weather modification research.
Animal rights and wildlife issues
Udall supported the interests of the National Council of La Raza, the Human Rights Campaign, and the United Latin American Citizens. Udall has backed these interests 100 percent of the time. He strongly believes in providing civil rights to humans, and not taking them away. 
Udall has supported the interests of the National Education Association 100 percent of the time. He has promoted the idea of quality public education and pursued advancements in the profession of education. 
Udall has supported the interests of the American Public Health Association, as well as the National Breast Cancer Coalition 100 percent of the time. Udall wishes to create a smoke-free environment and give government aid to all those who cannot afford health care. 
Udall was born July 18, 1950 in Tucson, Arizona, the son of Morris "Mo" Udall, a former congressman from Arizona and candidate for the Democratic Presidential nomination in 1976. He is a cousin of Congressman Tom Udall of New Mexico and Senator Gordon Harold Smith of Oregon, and nephew of former Interior Secretary Stewart Udall.
Mark Udall graduated from Williams College in 1972 and moved to Colorado. He was a faculty member at Colorado's Outward Bound School for 20 years, the last ten as executive director.
After only one term in the Colorado House of Representatives, Udall won the Democratic nomination for the 2nd District in 1998 after 12-year incumbent David Skaggs retired. The race was unexpectedly close, with Udall only defeating Boulder's Republican mayor, Bob Greenlee, by two points. However, he has since been reelected three times with little trouble.
Udall announced in 2004 that he would run for the Senate against Republican incumbent Wayne Allard in 2008.
Following the announcement by Sen. Wayne Allard (R-Colo.) that he would not seek re-election in 2008, Udall announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for Allard's Senate seat in the 2008 congressional elections which Udall then won and then went on to win the general election for Senator.
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Money in politics
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- Revolving door profile for Mark Udall from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- 2006 privately funded travel profile for Mark Udall from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- Personal finance profile for Mark Udall from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
Committees and affiliations
- House Committee on Armed Services
- Subcommittee on Readiness
- Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities
- House Committee on Natural Resources
- Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands
- Subcommittee on Water & Power
- House Committee on Science and Technology
- Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics
- Subcommittee on Environment and Energy
Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)
- House Committee on Armed Services
- Subcommittee on Personnel
- Subcommittee on Readiness
- House Committee on Resources
- Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health
- Subcommittee on Water and Power
- House Committee on Science
- Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics - Ranking Minority Member
- Subcommittee on Environment Technology and Standards
Coalitions and caucuses
- Congressional Fitness Caucus
- Vice President, Democratic Freshman Class
- Democratic Homeland Security Task Force
- North Atlantic Treaty Organization Parliamentary Assembly
- Co Chair, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
Boards and other affiliations
- American Alpine Club
- Board of Directors, Berger Foundation
- Parkinson's Action Network
- Director, Environmental Law Institute 
More background data
District Office- Minturn:
291 Main Street, PO Box 325
Minturn, CO 81645
District Office- Westminster:
8601 Turnpike Drive, Suite 206
Westminster, CO 80031
Articles and resources
Related SourceWatch articles
- ↑ About Mark Udall, Senate.gov, accessed December 2010.
- ↑ Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
- ↑ 2008 Race Tracker page on Colorado's Senate Race
- ↑ Official Mark Udall Senate campaign website
- ↑ "Udall Files for Senate, Reports $1.5 Million," ColoradoPols, April 16, 2007.
- ↑ Ed Sealover, " Shift puts key state issues in question," Colorado Springs Gazette, November 8, 2006.
- ↑ Directors, Environmental Law Institute, accessed June 5, 2009.
- Open Secrets - 2006 congressional races database
- 2008 Race Tracker page on Colorado's Senate Race
- Official Mark Udall Senate campaign website
Local blogs and discussion sites
- Colorado Pols: Politics, News, and Inside Information
- NewWest.net -- A Refreshing, new kind of journalism.
- "Udall Files for Senate, Reports $1.5 Million," ColoradoPols, April 16, 2007.
- Ed Sealover, " Shift puts key state issues in question," Colorado Springs Gazette, November 8, 2006.
- Phoenix Woman, "The Rubber-Stampers’ Latest Contortion," Firedoglake Blog, July 30, 2007.
|Current Office: U.S. Senate|
Ranking Member On:
|Committees: Senate Special Committee on Aging, Senate Committee on Armed Services, Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources|
Ranking Member On:
Congressional Fitness Caucus, Vice President of the Democratic Freshman Class, Democratic Homeland Security Task Force, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Parliamentary Assembly, Co Chair of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
|Committees: House Committee on Armed Services, House Committee on Armed Services/Subcommittee on Readiness, House Committee on Armed Services/Subcommittee on Terrorism Unconventional Threats and Capabilities, House Committee on Natural Resources, House Committee on Natural Resources/Subcommittee on National Parks Forests and Public Lands, House Committee on Natural Resources/Subcommittee on Water and Power, House Committee on Science and Technology, House Committee on Science and Technology/Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, House Committee on Science and Technology/Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics|
|First Elected to Current Office:
November 4, 2008
|First Took Current Office:
January 3, 2009
November 4, 2014
|Previous Political Work?
Colorado House, U.S. House of Representatives
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Date of Birth: July 18, 1950