Jason Crow is the Democratic candidate for Colorado’s 6th District. He won his primary against Levi Tillemann with 66% of the votes. Crow will run against Republican incumbent and NRA “A” rated Mike Coffman in the general election. Crow is an attorney with Holland and Hart and an Army veteran. His campaign is centered around ending gun violence and removing big money from politics. Crow also advocates for reproductive rights, the Affordable Health Care Act, DREAMers, and public education.
Background and Achievements
Jason Crow grew up in Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin. While in college, he enlisted in the National Guard and completed the ROTC program, graduating as a Distinguished Military Graduate. Crow went on to serve in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division in Iraq and in the 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan. During his service, he earned a Bronze Star for his combat in Iraq and ascended to a Captain Rank for Join Special Operations Task Force in the 75th Ranger Regiment. After leaving the Army in 2006, Crow became an attorney with Holland and Hart.
In addition to his law career, Crow has engaged with local and federal politics on veteran affairs. During President Obama’s reelection, Crow advised the President’s campaign on military and veterans issues. He also co-chaired Veterans for Mark Udall and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s Veteran Affairs Transition Committee. In 2012, Crow spoke at the Democratic National Convention in support of repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
Crow is largely centering his campaign around gun control. Colorado’s 6th district has experienced deadly gun violence, including the 1999 Columbine High School shooting and the 2012 Aurora movie theater shooting. Crow advocates for expanding pre-sale background checks, banning high-capacity magazines and bump stocks, and refusing people on the federal “no-fly” list from purchasing firearms. As a hunter and army veteran, Crow has an extensive history with firearms – something he uses to reach both parties. Crow’s opponent, incumbent Mike Coffman, has received more than $30,000 from the NRA as well as multiple “A” ratings for his votes.
While Colorado’s 6th district has been a red district since its creation in 1983, the Cook Political Report has listed the district as a Toss Up (D+2). DCCC Red to Blue has also recognized Crow’s determination to flip the district. Both President Obama and Hillary Clinton won the district in respective campaigns.
Positions on Key Issues
- Supports reproductive rights and health
- Opposes corporate money in politics and pledges to help overturn Citizens United
- Advocates for gun control
- Supports Equal Pay for Equal Work
- Supports ACA and Universal Health Care
- Protects DREAMers
- Advocates for strengthening public education funding
- Supports collective bargaining rights
Prospects & Opponents
Jason Crow will face Republican incumbent Mike Coffman in the general election. Coffman has held the 6th district’s seat since 2009. Coffmanserved in the Army and Marine Corps before starting a Colorado-based property management firm. Previously, Coffman was State Treasurer and sat in the Colorado State Senate. Since being elected to the House of Representatives, he has advocated for repealing the ACA and voted primarily for anti-choice legislation.
- Feminist Majority
- NARAL Pro-Choice America
- End Citizens United
- Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate
- Colorado Education Associations
- Sierra Club
- Colorado AFL-CIO