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In 2008, the people of Colorado elected Mark Udall to the U.S. Senate in one of the most hotly-contested races in the country. Mark won that election by focusing on the issues important to Colorado voters and rising above the "politics as usual" approach that rewards partisan mudslinging. And he's been immensely honored to serve as Colorado's senior senator since January 2009.

In the Senate, Mark has shown that he's the type of public servant who works with anyone -- no matter what their political affiliation -- and who fights tirelessly on behalf of Colorado's families and small businesses.

Mark Udall and FamilyMark is routinely praised for his practical approach to problem solving and for his independent, Western-minded streak, which has enabled him to build an impressive record of accomplishments for Colorado. He consistently reaches across the aisle, building coalitions and finding unlikely allies to support issues important to Colorado, the West, and our country. As Mark often says, one of his goals is to bring a good dose of "Colorado common sense" to Washington, D.C.

In the Senate, Mark holds important positions on the following committees: Armed Services, Intelligence, and Energy & Natural Resources. Moreover, he is chairman of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee and the National Parks Subcommittee. These assignments give Mark considerable power to address issues uniquely important to Colorado, including national security and veterans issues, Colorado's burgeoning clean energy economy, and the preservation of Colorado's wild lands and natural resources.

As a senator, Mark has focused like a laser beam on issues related to our economy. He fights for policies that are designed to boost Colorado's economy, job-creation, and innovation. He has worked to protect and grow jobs across Colorado, especially in our aerospace, bioscience, clean energy, defense, and high-tech sectors. In just one example, Mark broke through the congressional logjam to pass a no-cost bill that he authored to reduce regulation and allow ski areas to create summer-time jobs.

Bucking many in his political party, Mark is an unflinching advocate for responsibly reducing our nation's debt and getting our fiscal house in order. Mark has led the way advocating for a comprehensive, bipartisan plan to reduce our nation's federal deficit. He authored a balanced budget amendment, and he supported pay-as-you-go rules and the presidential line-item veto. Notably, Mark's leadership led the Senate to ban federal earmarks. And he continues to work with several Republican senators on bipartisan legislation to reduce government waste, fraud, and abuse. Making government work effectively for Coloradans continues to be a guiding principle for Mark.

A champion of Colorado's wild lands and natural resources, Mark has worked across party lines on several bills to protect Colorado's most cherished spaces, and to keep Colorado's land and water clean. Moreover, Mark has led a multi-pronged effort to pass legislation to reduce wildfire risk and bark beetle infestation in the state. Long known as one of the Senate's most ardent champions of a clean energy economy, Mark successfully led Congress in 2012 to pass an extension of the wind production tax credit, in order to boost Colorado wind energy jobs. He also has advocated for a responsible "all-of-the-above" approach to energy production, which recognizes the diverse energy resources of Colorado.

Moreover, Mark is known for showing leadership and making the difficult national security choices that our challenging times demand. When Mark served in the U.S. House of Representatives, he voted against the rush to war with Iraq and against the PATRIOT Act, despite immense political pressure to support both in the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. As a senator, he pushed for our military to withdraw from Iraq and to draw down forces in Afghanistan. Given his seats on the Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, Mark is an expert in the threats facing our nation and has witnessed firsthand the bravery of our service members and our intelligence community. He has co-authored legislation to strengthen our military, fund Colorado's military installations, extend healthcare coverage to children of military families up to age 26, and develop new strategies for combating terrorism. Additionally, due to Mark's leadership in the Senate, the outmoded policy known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was repealed in 2011, strengthening our national security and allowing all Americans to serve their country, no matter their sexual orientation.

In addition, Mark focuses his Senate work on the protection of Coloradans' consumer rights and constitutional liberties. Mark is especially proud of the passage of the Credit CARD Act, a bill he initiated in 2005 to protect consumers from predatory practices by credit card companies. Due to Mark's leadership, President Obama also signed into law a provision Mark authored to give consumers free access to their credit scores. And Mark repeatedly has fought to protect Coloradans' privacy rights against government overreach. In just one example, in 2013, Mark led the successful effort to keep the IRS from looking at taxpayers' online information without a warrant.

The many other issues that Mark has championed as a U.S. Senator include, but are not limited to: equal pay for women, ensuring that women continue to have the right to make their own personal health decisions, comprehensive immigration reform and the DREAM Act, and stronger gun safety laws (including a universal background check and a ban on high capacity magazines).

But in addition to advocating for Colorado on policy matters, Mark believes that public service requires a commitment to helping Coloradans make their government work for them. Thousands of Coloradans have turned to Mark and his office for assistance in dealing with the U.S. government, and he has built a very strong record in helping to resolve these matters.

Mark began his career in public service in the Colorado State House in 1997. From 1999 through 2008, he represented Colorado's Second Congressional District in the U.S. House. Before that, Mark ran a successful non-profit, Colorado Outward Bound, where he combined his business acumen with a love for Colorado's mountains.

Mark lives in Eldorado Springs, Colorado. His wife, Maggie Fox, is a prominent environmental attorney. He has two children, Jed and Tess. Mark is an experienced outdoorsman and mountain climber. He has climbed many of the toughest mountains in the world-including all of Colorado's "Fourteeners."

The West is a distinct part of Mark's heritage. Mark's family has lived in the West for five generations, and the Udall name has become synonymous with quality public service for 150 years. Mark's father, Morris "Mo" Udall, played for the Denver Nuggets before serving 30 years in Congress. In 1976, Mo Udall sought the Democratic nomination for President. Mark's mother, Patricia "Sam" Udall was a native Coloradan. She was an avid outdoorswoman who instilled in Mark his great sense of adventure and love for the wilderness. In 1977, she won a cross-country women's flying competition known as the "Powderpuff Derby." Her father, Roe Emery, was a cowboy-turned-entrepreneur who eventually came to own the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park and was the first concessionaire in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Mark's uncle, Stewart Udall was a Congressman and served as the Secretary of the Interior under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. Stewart's son, Tom Udall, is a senator from New Mexico.

Mark is proudly running for reelection to the U.S. Senate and is grateful for the grassroots support he already is receiving across the political spectrum and across the Centennial State. He plans to keep fighting for Colorado.

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