Monday, July 20, 2009
SCOTT McINNIS FOR GOVERNOR ON THURSDAY
ON THURSDAY FORMER CONGRESSMAN SCOTT McINNIS WILL JOIN ME TO TALK ABOUT HIS RACE FOR COLORADO GOVERNOR.
HERE IS HIS BIO TAKEN FROM HIS OWN WEBSITE: http://mcinnisforcolorado.com
Scott McInnis is an experienced Colorado businessman, public servant and candidate for Governor of Colorado.
A fourth-generation Colorado native, Scott was born and raised in Glenwood Springs and graduated from Glenwood Springs High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Fort Lewis College in Durango. After serving as a police officer and volunteer firefighter, McInnis earned his law degree from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas, before returning to Glenwood Springs to practice law.
At the urging of local business leaders, Scott ran for and was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives. During his five terms, he rose through the ranks due to his reputation as a common-sense leader who reached across the political aisle to achieve positive results for Colorado. He became House Majority Leader before leaving the House to serve in the U.S. Congress from Colorado’s Third Congressional District.
While in Congress, Scott championed the cause of preserving some of Colorado's most scenic places, leading the charge to create two new National Parks: the Great Sand Dunes and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Parks. He shepherded three important wilderness bills through Congress that were signed by the President. In describing his accomplished environmental record, the Denver Post called McInnis a "strong conservationist carrying on a GOP tradition that hearkens back to Teddy Roosevelt."
While serving on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, Scott was an outspoken advocate for reducing the size and scope of government – and an aggressive foe of tax increases on American families and businesses. This strong record of fiscal responsibility earned him awards and praise from numerous taxpayer advocacy and anti-deficit groups over the years. He has also been awarded the Golden Bulldog Award from the Watchdogs of the Treasury, the National Security Leadership Award from the American Security Council and was named Man of the Year by the Korean Veterans Association.
In 2004, Scott decided to come home to Colorado to spend more time with his family and return to the private sector. He joined Hogan & Hartson, a prestigious international law firm with offices in Colorado.
Scott and his wife Lori have three grown children and make their home in Grand Junction.