Tipton seeks 4th term
U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, a Cortez Republican, is seeking his fourth term in the House of Representatives, beginning with the GOP primary on Tuesday.
During his five years in the House, Tipton has focused on natural resources, especially water and forest health.
Tipton has turned his attention to banking issues in which he says rural Americans are hamstrung by regulations aimed at large banks. He has introduced legislation that would require regulators to take into account the condition of financial institutions with low operational risks. The bill is awaiting House action.
His legislative successes include a bill to encourage the development of small hydroelectric power generation on pipes, ditches and conduits, which was signed into law.
His bill aimed at reducing the ability of federal agencies such as the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to demand water rights in exchange for permits to use federal land has twice passed the House and awaits action in the Senate.
A measure that would give states more control of efforts to recover the greater sage grouse also is awaiting Senate action.
A southwest Colorado native and graduate of Fort Lewis College, he and his wife, Jean, have two daughters.