Garfield County Republican Leadership

US Senator Cory Gardner – (R)

Cory Gardner is a fifth-generation Coloradan focused on empowering people by getting government out of the way and letting innovation and creativity thrive. He believes in common sense reforms and making government more accountable to the taxpayer.

Cory 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 over a century, and he lives in the same house his great-grandparents lived in. Growing up in Yuma, Cory learned the values of hard work and the benefits of a tight-knit community with a desire to get things done. He is a principled leader who is not afraid to work across the aisle for solutions that move this country forward.

Cory was elected to the House of Representatives in 2010. After two successful terms in the House, Cory ran for the Senate in 2014 and is now serving in his first term where he sits on the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, and the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Cory graduated summa cum laude from Colorado State University and received his law degree from the University of Colorado Boulder. He lives in Yuma with his wife Jaime and their three children: Alyson, Thatcher, and Caitlyn.

US Congressman Scott Tipton – (R) Colorado 3rd CD


Scott Tipton, a lifelong Coloradan, was raised in Cortez, CO where he attended public schools with his brother Joe and graduated from Cortez High School. He went onto Ft. Lewis College in Durango where he studied Political Science and became the first person in his family to graduate from college. After leaving Ft. Lewis College, Scott returned to Cortez and co-founded Mesa Verde Indian Pottery with his brother Joe.

Scott Tipton was elected as a Republican to the Colorado House of Representatives for the 58th District in November of 2008 with 59% of the vote.  Scott’s Southwestern Colorado district includes the counties of Delta, Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel, Dolores, and Montezuma.  Immediately after his election Scott quickly went to work at creating jobs, helping ensure the safety of Colorado, and improving the overall quality of life for Coloradans.

For the 2009 legislative session, Scott was named to seats on the House Agriculture Committee, Livestock Committee, Natural Resources Committee and Local Government Committee.  Over the past year Scott has worked to ensure quality water for the people of Colorado and to improve the air quality of Southwest Colorado by addressing restraints on the Four Corners Power Plant.  He also sponsored legislation to protect our children from the worst criminal offenders by mandating harsher penalties for child sex-offenders and allowing law enforcement to collect DNA evidence from suspects through Jessica’s Law and Katie’s Law.

Since being elected to Congress in 2010 Congressman Tipton was appointed to the committees on Small Business, Natural Resources, and Agriculture.

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


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.

Glen Gallegos, (R) CU Regent

Glen Gallegos attended Mesa State and is a graduate of Western State College (BA), The University of Northern Colorado (MA) and has completed pre-doctorial work at the University of Denver. Gallegos worked for 26 years as a teacher, coach, principal and executive director of Instruction for Eagle and Mesa County school districts.  He retired in 1997 and joined the family construction business, The Gallegos Corporation, as president of Operations overseeing multiple projects and a workforce of up to 1000. Glen has a passion for education and knows first-hand that there is nothing more important than to give people the opportunity of an education. Education makes a difference for the individual, for a family, towns, cities, counties and for the entire state. A well educated workforce enables Colorado to compete on a national and international level thus raising the standard of living for all of its citizens.

The University of Colorado with its four campuses, excellent degree programs, research capabilities, resources and budget are critical to this role. Gallegos brings a lifetime of experience in education K-12, community college to four year and graduate programs. He believes they must all be linked so as to provide a seamless and accessible system that serves the populace. Gallegos also has experience and success in the private sector as a businessman and knows how to budget, set priorities and knows what is needed in order to make payroll and compete in a free market system. Gallegos knows The University of Colorado is one of the top quality Universities in the United States. Even with the challenges of budget and the tough economy of the last five years the university has continued its focus on students and quality programs and should be commended for this.

Visit Glen Gallegos’ website here.