Garfield County Republican Leadership

Lauren Boebert – (R) Colorado 3rd CD

Lauren Boebert (Republican Party) is a member of the U.S. House, representing Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District. She assumed office on January 3, 2021. Her current term ends on January 3, 2023.

Boebert (Republican Party) ran for election to the U.S. House to represent Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District. She won in the general election on November 3, 2020.

Boebert owns and operates the restaurant Shooters Grill in Rifle, Colorado. Boebert’s campaign website says that the restaurant “earned national notoriety for staff that proudly open carry as they serve their customers.”[1]

Bob Rankin – (R)  Colorado Senator District 8

Bob Rankin is a constitutional and fiscal conservative who believes in less government and less regulation.  He supports free market capitalism.  Bob knows that jobs are not created by the government.  Instead jobs are created by the private sector, such as the energy industry, farmers, ranchers and small businesses.  He understands their needs and will stand up for them.

Joyce Rankin – (R)  State Board of Education  District 3


Joyce Rankin was appointed in August 2015 by the Third Congressional District Republican Central Committee to fill a mid-term vacancy in the 3rd Congressional District seat on the State Board of Education.

Rankin grew up in Allen Park, a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. Inspired by her 5th grade teacher, she told her parents she wanted to be a teacher. Following graduation with a degree in Elementary Education from Michigan State University, she traveled to California where she began her teaching career in the fifth grade. She received her master’s degree and administrative credential from California State University at San Jose and served as an elementary school principal.

An advocate for school choice, she supports allowing parents to direct education funds to the school that best fits their child’s needs, whether public or private. She is also a supporter of charter schools, magnet schools, online schools, schools with blended learning opportunities, and homeschooling. America’s national security and economic future depend on a well-educated citizenry and she supports all forms of innovation that produce positive returns on our educational investment.

Visit Joyce Rankin’s website here.

Tom Jankovsky – (R) Garfield County Commissioner District 1

Garfield County Commissioner Tom Jankovsky takes the oath of office
Commissioner Tom Jankovsky, a third-generation native Coloradan, is serving in his third term as Garfield County Commissioner.

He is the public lands planning lead for the Board of County Commissioners. During his tenure, he has also served on the Garfield County Human Services Commission, the Garfield County Clean Energy Board, the county’s Investment Advisory Board, and as a member of the Compressed Natural Gas Collaborative in western Colorado.

Commissioner Jankovsky retired as the general manager of Sunlight Mountain Resort in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, and held that position for the ski area from 1985 to 2018. Tom was inducted into the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in 2012. He was a past chair for Colorado Ski Country USA. He received his bachelor of science degree from Pacific University in Oregon.

John Martin – (R)  Garfield County Commissioner District 2

John is a westerner whose family helped settle a new nation in North Carolina in the 1650s and then began a migration west with the expansion of the nation. They traveled through the frontiers of Indiana, Ohio and Missouri, the Indian lands of the Dakotas and Kansas, and finally settled in the Colorado territory by the 1860s.

After serving the public for nearly 25 years in law enforcement, John retired as an administrative sergeant, and expanded his interest in serving the public by running for county commissioner. John is currently serving his fourth term. His philosophy, that no one person is more important than any other, is one which he believes deeply, and he lives and teaches this perspective on a daily basis.

John is an individual who has his heart in the past, his mind on the present, and his eyes on the future. He is a leader who knows that listening, understanding history, in depth research, and willingness to make decisions are the keys to move toward a positive future.

Visit John Martin’s website here.

Mike Samson – (R)  Garfield County Commissioner District 3

Mike was elected in November 2008 and is currently serving a four-year term, which began in January 2009. Mike is a native of Garfield County, having been born in Glenwood Springs on August 29, 1954. He has lived in Rifle much of his life, attending public schools from kindergarten through his senior year in Garfield RE-2 School District. Mike graduated from Rifle High School in May 1972. After graduating from Brigham Young University in 1979, Mike began his teaching career in August, 1979. Later he received his master’s degree from Western State College in 1988.

During his 25 years of service as a teacher in the Garfield RE-2 School District, he coached volleyball, baseball and speech teams. He was also the student council sponsor during that time.

Mike served on the Rifle City Council during the boom and bust years, 1979-1983. He was also selected to serve as the Mayor Pro Tem during those years. After 25 years of teaching, Mike served as a high school administrator, namely the dean of students for five years. Upon being elected as the Garfield County Commissioner for District 3, he retired after 30 years of service at Rifle High School.

Heidi Ganahl, (R) CU Regent At Large, Current Term 2017-2023

University of Colorado Regent Heidi Ganahl won the statewide election to her at-large seat in 2016. A Republican from Lone Tree, she attended the University of Colorado Boulder and earned a bachelor’s degree in business. She went on to earn a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Denver. Ganahl is the current chair of the regents’ Audit Committee.

Ganahl has faced extraordinary adversity in her life and responded by turning her lifelong passion for dogs into Camp Bow Wow, a $100 million brand, which she recently sold.

Ganahl received the 2016 Colorado Brave Leader Award and was chosen as one of Fortune’s 10 Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs in 2014. She also was honored as a 2015 Parade Magazine Designing Women: 10 of the Most Amazing Female Entrepreneurs in U.S. History.

Passionate about giving back, Ganahl serves on various boards that focus on entrepreneurship and education. She also leads her own nonprofit, the Fight Back Foundation, to positively tackle the most pressing issues facing today’s youth, including bullying, sex assault, school safety, and substance abuse.

In 2019, she launched her new lifestyle brand SheFactor with her 24-year-old daughter, Tori Ganahl, a digital and live platform for millennial and Gen Z women craving community, growth, and purpose.

She is married to Jason Ganahl, one of the country’s top competitive barbecue cooks, who recently opened GQUE, a popular restaurant in Westminster, Colorado. They have four children.