Mark Udall

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U.S. Senator

Mark Udall




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Committees: Senate Committee on Armed Services, Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
(subcommittees and past assignments)

Candidates for the CO-Senate Class II Seat:
(Next election: 4 November 2014)

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Mark Emery Udall, a Democrat, has represented the state of Colorado in the Senate since 2009. Prior to his election as Senator, Udall served as Representative for the 2nd District of Colorado in the House of Representatives since 1999. The district is based in Boulder and includes most of Denver's northwestern suburbs, along with several ski resorts.

Udall was a Democratic candidate in the 2008 congressional elections for the Senate in Colorado. He sought the Democratic nomination for the seat vacated by Sen. Wayne Allard (R-Colo.), who did not seek a third term. The primary took place in August 2008, and Udall was elected Senator in the November 2008 elections.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Udall voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

In late June 2007, Rep. Udall, along with Reps. Frank Wolf (R-Va.), Christopher Shays (R-Conn.), Michael McCaul (R-Texas), and Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.), issued a letter to President Bush, urging him to reconstitute the Iraq Study Group. The bipartisan group referred to a provision included in the Foreign Operations appropriations bill passed by the House to provide $1 million to the U.S. Institute for Peace to reestablish the Iraq Study Group. The members worried whether the President would sign the bill with that amendment included. Rep. Udall stated that allowing the group to update their report would give the President, Congress, and the public an independent perspective on the situation in Iraq to compare with the report due by General Petraeus in September.

Main article: Department of State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2008
For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Weather modification

The Weather Modification Research and Technology Transfer Authorization Act of 2005 (H.R.2995), was introduced June 20, 2005 by Rep. Mark Udall. It was a companion bill to the Senate's Weather Modification Research and Technology Transfer Authorization Act of 2005 (S.517), 1st Session, 109th Congress, on the floor of the U.S. Senate. The bill would establish the Weather Modification Operations and Research Board to overlook weather modification research.

Main article: Weather Modification Research and Technology Transfer Authorization Act of 2005

Issue positions


Udall is pro-choice; he strongly supports the Supreme Court's ruling in Roe v. Wade. [1]

Animal rights and wildlife issues

Udall has voted for the interests of the Humane Society 100 percent of the time. [2]

Civil rights

Udall supported the interests of the National Council of La Raza, the Human Rights Campaign, and the United Latin American Citizens. Udall has backed these interests 100 percent of the time. He strongly believes in providing civil rights to humans, and not taking them away. [3]


Udall has supported the interests of the National Education Association 100 percent of the time. He has promoted the idea of quality public education and pursued advancements in the profession of education. [4] [5]

Health Care

Udall has supported the interests of the American Public Health Association, as well as the National Breast Cancer Coalition 100 percent of the time. Udall wishes to create a smoke-free environment and give government aid to all those who cannot afford Health care. [6]


Udall was born July 18, 1950 in Tucson, Arizona, the son of Morris "Mo" Udall, a former congressman from Arizona and candidate for the Democratic Presidential nomination in 1976. He is a cousin of Congressman Tom Udall of New Mexico and Senator Gordon Harold Smith of Oregon, and nephew of former Interior Secretary Stewart Udall.

Mark Udall graduated from Williams College in 1972 and moved to Colorado. He was a faculty member at Colorado's Outward Bound School for 20 years, the last ten as executive director.

After only one term in the Colorado House of Representatives, Udall won the Democratic nomination for the 2nd District in 1998 after 12-year incumbent David Skaggs retired. The race was unexpectedly close, with Udall only defeating Boulder's Republican mayor, Bob Greenlee, by two points. However, he has since been reelected three times with little trouble.

Udall announced in 2004 that he would run for the Senate against Republican incumbent Wayne Allard in 2008.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Rick Mancuso to face Udall in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [7] Udall retained his seat.

2008 elections

Following the announcement by Sen. Wayne Allard (R-Colo.) that he would not seek re-election in 2008, Udall announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for Allard's Senate seat in the 2008 congressional elections.[2][3][4][5]

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the Colorado superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Mark Udall, as a superdelegate, had not endorsed a candidate for President.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
League of Conservation Voters$ 245,844
JStreetPAC$ 147,610
Brownstein, Hyatt et al$ 80,050
University of Colorado$ 79,450
Level 3 Communications$ 54,800
Nextera Energy$ 54,400
WPP Group$ 51,840
Council for a Livable World$ 49,601
Akin, Gump et al$ 47,312
Holland & Hart$ 39,132
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Mark Udall
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

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

Coalitions and Caucuses

  • Congressional Fitness Caucus
  • Vice President, Democratic Freshman Class
  • Democratic Homeland Security Task Force
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization Parliamentary Assembly
  • Co Chair, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus

Boards and other Affiliations

  • American Alpine Club
  • Board of Directors, Berger Foundation
  • Parkinson's Action Network

More Background Data


DC office
  • 328 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
    Ph: 202-224-5941 Fax: 202-226-7840
    Webform email
District offices
  • 7340 East Caley, #215, Englewood, Colorado 80111
    Ph: 303-220-7414 Fax: (none entered)
  • 5401 Stone Creek Circle, Suite 203, Loveland, Colorado 80538
    Ph: 970-461-3530 Fax: (none entered)
  • 111 South Tejon, Suite 300, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903
    Ph: 719-634-6071 Fax: (none entered)
  • 411 Thatcher Building, 5th & Main Street, Pueblo, Colorado 81003
    Ph: 719-545-9751 Fax: (none entered)
  • 215 Federal Building, 400 Road Avenue, Grand Junction, Colorado 81501
    Ph: 970-245-9553 Fax: (none entered)
  • 954 East Second Avenue, Suite 107, Durango, Colorado 81301
    Ph: 970-375-6311 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office
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Articles and resources

Related SourceWatch articles


  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. 2008 Race Tracker page on Colorado's Senate Race
  3. Official Mark Udall Senate campaign website
  4. "Udall Files for Senate, Reports $1.5 Million," ColoradoPols, April 16, 2007.
  5. Ed Sealover, " Shift puts key state issues in question," Colorado Springs Gazette, November 8, 2006.

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