CRC Chairman Jeff Hays was elected in April, 2017. Prior to leading the State Party, Jeff spent 2 terms leading El Paso county to record turnouts, including a margin of victory for President Trump beaten by only two other counties in the United States. Jeff was unanimously re-elected Chairman of El Paso in 2015, the first Chairman to win re-election in 12 years. His chairmanship was noted for successful fundraising, expansion of party capabilities and participation, and electoral success.
Originally from Texas, Hays came to Colorado to attend the Air Force Academy. He served our country for 21 years before retiring as a Lt. Colonel, then went on to a successful private sector career as a management consultant. Jeff also served as activities director at The Classical Academy and was kicking consultant to the Denver Broncos. Jeff and his wife, Gina, have been married for 33 years and have three grown children.
Colorado GOP National Committeewoman Vera Ortegon is a longtime leader in the Colorado Republican Party. In 2014, Mike Kopp, GOP Colorado gubernatorial candidate, chose her as his Lieutenant Governor candidate. In 2012, she was one of the nine GOP Presidential Electors for the State of Colorado.
Vera is also a former Pueblo City Councilwoman, a business owner for the last 35 years, very involved in Colorado water issues for over two decades, and precinct chair for the past 20 years. She was born and raised in Colombia, South America, legally immigrated to the United States, and she was Naturalized in 1977.
She graduated with a degree in Microbiology and Biochemistry from Rutgers University. Vera has been married for 40 years to Dr. Anthony Ortegon, and they have two sons, two great daughters-in-law, and two adorable grandchildren.
George has over 30 years of experience as a lawyer and a banker in the finance and energy fields. He is currently Group SVP and General Counsel to an international technology company. Up until his announcement to run for Congress to represent Colorado’s Second Congressional District, George had been serving as Chairman of the Republican Party in Boulder County and was elected by a group of other Republican Chairs to serve on the Executive Committee of the State Party. George was also appointed by Secretary of State Scott Gessler and reappointed by Secretary of State Wayne Williams to serve on the Advisory Committee on a Uniform Voting System. Also, George was appointed by Treasurer Walker Stapleton to serve on the Treasurer's Investment Advisory Committee.
George was elected as Colorado's RNC National Committeeman to fill a vacancy in December 2015 and was re-elected to serve a full term in April 2016.
George is the youngest of four children of Chinese immigrants who came to America following World War II. Born and raised in New York City, George is a graduate of New York University, and holds a law degree from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in religion from Yale University.
George lives in Niwot, CO, with his wife of 26 years, Sarah of Billings, MT. Together, they have a son Thomas who is attending college.
GARDNER, Cory, a Senator and a Representative from Colorado; born in Yuma, Yuma County, Colo., on August 22, 1974; graduated from Yuma High School, Yuma, Colo., 1993; B.A., Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo., 1997; J.D., University of Colorado, Boulder, Colo., 2001; agricultural advocate; staff, United States Senator Wayne Allard of Colorado, 2002-2005; member of the Colorado state house of representatives, 2005-2010; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Twelfth and to the succeeding Congress (January 3, 2011-January 3, 2015); was not a candidate for reelection to the House of Representatives but was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 2014 for the term ending January 3, 2021.
BUCK, Kenneth Robert, a Representative from Colorado; born in Ossining, Westchester County, N.Y., February 16, 1959; graduated from Ossining High School, Ossining, N.Y., 1977; A.B., Princeton University, Princeton, N.J., 1981; J.D., University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyo., 1985; business executive; staff, United States House of Representatives Select Committee to Investigate Covert Arms Transactions with Iran, 1986-1987; attorney, United States Department of Justice, 1987-1990; attorney, Office of the United States Attorney, District of Colorado, 1990-2002; Weld County Colorado, district attorney, 2005-2014; unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 2010; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Fourteenth Congress (January 3, 2015-present).
TIPTON, Scott, a Representative from Colorado; born in Espanola, Rio Arriba County, N. Mex., November 9, 1956; graduated from Cortez High School; B.A., Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colo., 1978; business owner; member of the Colorado state house of representatives, 2008-2010; unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States House of Representatives in 2006; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Twelfth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2011-present).
LAMBORN, Doug, a Representative from Colorado; born in Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kans., May 24, 1954; graduated from Lansing High School, Lansing, Kans.; B.S., University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kans., 1978; J.D., University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kans., 1985; lawyer, private practice; member of the Colorado state house of representatives, 1995-1998; member of the Colorado state senate, 1998-2006, president pro tempore, 1999-2000; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Tenth and to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2007-present).
COFFMAN, Mike, a Representative from Colorado; born in Fort Leonard Wood, Pulaski County, Mo., March 19, 1955; attended Aurora Central High School, Aurora, Colo.; received graduation equivalency degree through the United States Army; B.A., University of Colorado, Boulder, Colo., 1979; United States Army, 1972-1974; United States Army Reserve, 1975-1978; United States Marine Corps, 1979-1982; United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1983-1994, 2005-2006; small business owner; member of the Colorado state house of representatives, 1989-1994; member of the Colorado state senate, 1994-1998; Colorado state treasurer, 1999-2007; Colorado secretary of state, 2007-2008; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Eleventh and to the three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2009-present).