Tom Tancredo is an American politician from Colorado, who represented the state’s sixth congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1999 to 2009, as a Republican. He ran for President of the United States during the 2008 election, and was the Constitution Party’s nominee for Governor of Colorado in 2010. He ran for governor in 2014 as a Republican, but lost in the primary election.
Tancredo was initially elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1976 and served two terms. After working in the United States Department of Education during the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush Administrations, he was elected to the United States Congress, and served five terms. He decided to not seek re-election in 2008 in order to run for president.
Tancredo is a native of Denver, Colorado. He graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in political science, and was active with the College Republicans and Young Americans for Freedom while in school.
He was elected to a seat in the Colorado House of Representatives in 1976, and served two terms in office. He has been married to his wife, Jackie, since 1977. The couple has two children and five grandchildren.
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