Get out the vote for our 2020 candidates!

Learn more about our candidates running in the 2020 General Election, including Cory Gardner for US Senate, Lauren Boebert for US House, Bob Rankin for CO State Senate, and Joyce Rankin for the CO State Board of Education.

Cory Gardner: United States Senate

Senator Cory Gardner is a fifth-generation Coloradan who was born and raised in Yuma, a small town on the Eastern Plains of Colorado where his family has owned a farm implement dealership for over a century. He lives in the same house his great-grandparents lived in. Cory graduated summa cum laude from Colorado State University and received his law degree from the University of Colorado Boulder. After working at his family implement business and the National Corn Growers Association, Cory took a position as a Legislative Assistant for Senator Wayne Allard (R-CO) and quickly advanced to his Legislative Director.

He began serving in the Colorado House of Representatives in 2005 where he spent time as the Minority Whip and became known for his expertise in natural resource and agriculture policy. Cory was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Cory championed a true all-of-the-above energy strategy that promoted traditional resources as well as renewable energy. In addition, Cory is a national leader on energy efficiency initiatives and founded a bipartisan energy efficiency caucus in the House.

In the Senate, Cory continues to pursue common sense energy policy as a member of the Senate Energy & Natural Resource Committee. In addition, Cory serves on the Foreign Relations Committee,  and the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. He also serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.

As Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, Cory led the effort to impose broad new sanctions against North Korea, as the regime continues to be a leading abuser of human rights and its reckless advancement of nuclear weapons threatens our national security.

In 2020, Cory was ranked the 3rd most bipartisan Senator by The Lugar Center for his work in the 116th Congress to build consensus, elevate the tenor of debate, practice civility, and advance legislation on pressing issues.

Cory is focused on expanding the economy, creating jobs, and making life better for all Coloradans.

He lives in Yuma with his wife Jaime and their three children: Alyson, Thatcher, and Caitlyn. www.corygardnerforsenate.com

Lauren Boebert: U.S. Congress, District 3

Lauren Boebert is a Coloradoan living on the Western Slope who believes in personal freedom, citizen rights, and upholding the Constitution of the United States. She is the founder, owner, and operator of Shooters Grill, a restaurant that earned national notoriety for staff that proudly open carry as they serve their customers. She gained additional recognition in September 2019 by attending presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s rally to tell him directly: “Hell, no, you won’t take our guns.” When Colorado’s liberal state government voted for the state to join the National Popular Vote Compact and hand our votes for President of the United States to California, Lauren became the second-largest signature gatherer (over 229,000 signatures were gathered statewide), ensuring that voters would have the opportunity to repeal NPV this fall. If repealed, it will be the first time since the 1930’s that a law was repealed via citizen petition. Lauren is active in her church and has spent years counseling at-risk women at the local jail, encouraging them to become self-sufficient and productive members of society who do not depend on government assistance. She is an avid supporter of President Trump and his policies to Make America Great Again.

“There is a battle for the heart and soul of our country that I intend on helping win,” said Lauren. “I’m running for Congress to stand up for our conservative values, address our current representatives’ failed promises, and put far-left Democrats back in their place.”

“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Squad and the rest of these left-wing lunatics are taking a wrecking ball to our country while our current representative stays utterly silent,” Lauren said. “Hard-working, patriotic Americans like you and me don’t want the Green New Deal and socialized medicine.  Every time AOC and the rest of the Squad pipes up with another crazy idea, I will remind them that our belief in God, Country and Family are what built the United States of America into the greatest nation the world has ever known.”   

Lauren’s husband, Jayson, has worked his entire adult life in oil and gas fields, primarily in Western Colorado. They are the proud parents of four boys. www.laurenforcolorado.com

Bob Rankin: State Senate, District 8

Senator Bob Rankin grew up in Mississippi and earned a degree in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University. Following his graduation, Senator Rankin served three years as an officer in the U.S. Army attaining the rank of captain. Upon discharge, he embarked on a career in defense and computer electronics.

Twenty-two years of his engineering career was with Ford Aerospace Corporation, where he rose to vice president and general manager of the division. After Ford Aerospace was acquired by another company, Bob joined Computer Sciences Corporation in Washington, D.C. as a division president managing government programs. 

Senator Rankin and his wife Joyce moved to Aspen and founded Aspen Cybercare and Interactive Outdoors, two startup technology companies, In 2000, Rankin founded and served as chairman of the board for the Computers for Kids Foundation, a non-profit organization recycling electronics while motivating high school students toward a career in technology.

Senator Rankin served six years in the Colorado House of Representatives before being selected by a vacancy committee to fill the vacant Senate District 8 seat. He was elected by his caucus as the Senate Republican member of the Joint Budget Committee and as a result of his time on the committee representing the house republican caucus, he is in his sixth year on that important committee. He is also a member of the Senate Appropriations completed ions Committee.

He has served as a board member of the Colorado Tourism Office and the State Internet Portal Authority.  He co-chairs the Education Leadership Council, established by executive order to envision the future of education in Colorado.

The Senator has sponsored many bills during seven years of service in support of rural and western Colorado.  His recent successes are in the areas of health care and education reform. www.votebobrankin.com

Joyce Rankin: State Board of Education, 3

Joyce grew up in Allen Park, a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. Inspired by her 5th-grade teacher, she told her parents, at age 10, that she wanted to be a teacher. Following graduation with a degree in Elementary Education from Michigan State University, she began her teaching career in the fifth grade. She received her master’s degree and administrative credential from California State University at San Jose and served as an elementary school principal. During her time as a teacher in California, she met and married Bob Rankin, currently a Senator, SD8

In 1995 Joyce and her husband started a computer technology business in Aspen, Colorado. At the time they were the only computer support in town. The startup business began when Bob purchased and installed computers for second-home-owners. Joyce, a certified Microsoft Office User Specialist, and an experienced teacher taught Microsoft Office and email programs as if the clients were first graders. The business quickly grew from two to twenty-two employees and included smaller website startups and high-speed computer rental time for tourists.

After learning how to campaign and win elections Joyce followed, then Representative Rankin, to the Capitol where she was a Legislative Aide for four years. Because of local proximity, most Aides at the Capitol come from the Denver area. Because she felt the rural students in House District 57 were missing out on a unique opportunity, she started an Intern in the Field program. Eleventh graders that are recommended by their government or social studies teacher can be a part of the program. During the legislative session, they are required to write weekly reports and send them electronically to the Capitol, informing Representative Rankin of important issues in their community. Their reports contain information from attending County Commissioner meetings, City Council meetings, or getting information from local newspapers, interviewing elected officials and community leaders or attending and reporting on community events. Interns must cite their resources and cannot plagiarize. If they miss one report or plagiarize, they are released from the program and understand this when they sign up. Additionally, they must visit the Capitol once during their legislative session internship.

Joyce had to step down from the position of Legislative Aide, by law, when she accepted the appointment to the State Board of Education for the Third Congressional District. She continues to serve in this position having been elected in 2016. She will be up for reelection in 2020. www.votejoycerankin.com