Marilyn Musgrave

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This is a profile of a U.S. Representative who, due to election loss or retirement, will not return for the 111th Congress. (See the Colorado portal for all incumbents, candidates and blogs.)
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Marilyn Musgrave is a former member of Congress

Marilyn Neoma Musgrave, a Republican, represented the 4th District of Colorado in the U.S. House of Representatives between 2003-2009.

In her 2008 re-election campaign, Musgrave was endorsed by several "pro-troop" organizations, including Military Families United, MAF Freedom PAC, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Political Action Group, Veterans' Vision and the National Vietnam and Gulf War Veterans Coalition. [1] She was defeated by Betsy Markey (D) in the November 2008 general election.


Record and controversies

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2008 Scorecard
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American Conservative Union 100 - 23/25 not avail.
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Americans for Democratic Action 5 - 1/20 25 - 5/20
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U.S. Chamber of Commerce 68 - 13/20 not avail.

Iraq War

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Environmental record

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ARMPAC recipient

Musgrave received $30,000 in campaign contributions from former majority leader Tom DeLay's ARMPAC. After DeLay was indicted, Musgrave's opponents criticized her for not returning the money or donating it to charity.[1][2]

Alleged campaign violations

Musgrave is accused of "ethical improprieties" regarding "misuse of official resources for political campaign activity and from abuse of franking privileges" regarding the use of her district office as a campaign headquarters and the concealment of such an action.[3]

Largely because of this and past connections to DeLay, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington labeled Musgrave one of the most corrupt members of Congress in 2005 and 2006.[4]


Musgrave was born January 27, 1949 in Greeley, Colorado and was educated at Colorado State University. Her career in elective office began in 1991, when she served one term on the school board of Fort Morgan. She served in the Colorado House of Representatives from 1993 to 1997 and in the Colorado Senate from 1997 until her election to Congress.

As a state legislator, Musgrave spent much of her time on social issues, particularly authoring bills to deny marriage rights and parental rights for gays and lesbians seeking recognition as families. One of her final, failed bills would have made it much more difficult for same-sex partners to see their partner's children in the hospital during an emergency. Musgrave also cast the only vote against legislation to give battered spouses paid leave from work.

After Congressman Bob Schaffer retired, Musgrave ran for and won the Republican nomination to succeed him. Due to the strong Republican lean of the district (the district has not elected a Democrat since the Republican landslide of 1972) and a large campaign war chest she defeated Democratic state senate president Stan Matsunaka by double digits.

Musgrave is best known nationally as the main sponsor of the Federal Marriage Amendment.

In 2004, she faced Matsunaka again. Even though she outspent Matsunaka by millions of dollars, she only defeated him by six percentage points--the closest margin in the district since 1974. After the 2004 elections, she was put on a National Republican Congressional Committee list of vulnerable incumbents, which is very unusual since the 4th has long been considered a safe Republican seat.

Musgrave is a supporter of President Bush's Guest-Worker Program for Mexican Immigrants.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Democrats nominated Angie Paccione, and the Reform Party nominated Eric Eidsness to face Musgrave in her November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006)[2] Musgrave retained her seat.

Money in politics

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Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
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Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


  • House Committee on Small Business
    • Subcommittee on Regulations, Healthcare, and Trade
    • Subcommittee on Rural and Urban Entrepreneurship
  • House Committee on Agriculture
    • Subcommittee on Specialty Crops, Rural Development and Foreign Agriculture Programs -Ranking Member
    • Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy, and Research

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Marilyn Musgrave. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC Office:
1507 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-4676
Fax: 202-225-5870
Email: Rep.Musgrave AT
Web Email

District Office - Greeley:
5400 Eleventh Street
Greeley, CO 80634
Phone: 970-352-4037
Fax: 970-521-1915

District Office - Las Anima:
332 Ambassador Thompson Boulevard
Las Animas, CO 81054
Phone: 719-456-0925
Fax: 719-456-0911

District Office - Longmont:
380 Main Street
Longmont, CO 80501
Phone: 720-494-4336
Fax: 720-494-1768

District Office - Loveland:
5401 Stone Creek Circle, Suite 204
Loveland, CO 80538
Phone: 970-663-3536
Fax: 970-663-5270

District Office - Sterling:
109 1/2 South Third Street
Sterling, CO 80721
Phone: 970-522-1788
Fax: 970-521-9685

Articles and resources

See also


  1. "Musgrave picks up another pro-troop endorsement," Greeley Tribune (Colorado), October 19, 2008.
  2. "2006 Colorado Elections," Center for Responsive Politics.

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