Cory Gardner is an American attorney and Republican politician serving as the junior Senator for Colorado. In his words, he is “focused on expanding the economy, creating jobs, and making life better for all Coloradans.”
Gardner graduated summa cum laude from Colorado State University with a BA in political science. He switched parties from Democrat to Republican and interned at the Colorado State Capitol. He earned a J.D. at the University of Colorado in 2001. Gardner then served as General Counsel and Legislative Director for Senator Wayne Allard. Gardner was appointed to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2005 and elected to a full term in 2006. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012.
Gardner is considered is reliably conservative on most issues other than immigration. In 2006 he opposed legislation to allow pharmacists to prescribe emergency contraception. The NRA has endorsed Gardner and given him an A rating. He voted against the Feinstein Amendment, which sought to ban gun sales to anyone known or suspected of being a terrorist. He has voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Gardner is an opponent of net neutrality, calling the FCC regulations a "brazen abuse of power and overreach." The Denver Post rescinded its 2014 endorsement of Gardner, citing his vote supporting Trump's national emergency declaration. It also noted that Gardner is seen as vulnerable after state voters handed decisive victories to Democrats in the 2018 elections.
Cory lives in Yuma with his wife Jaime and their three children.