Meet the Honoree: Senator Cory Gardner
Senator Cory Gardner will be honored at the 2015 Honors Evening on September 9 in Washington, DC for his commitment to ACYPL and public diplomacy. He participated in an ACYPL exchange trip to India and Pakistan in 2007.
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 nearly 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, the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee. He serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.
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.