Candidate Profile
Richard Champion

Republican , Colorado

Biography

Panel Rating

Conservative Information icon

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

Colorado Union of Taxpayers (CUT), 2020:  86%
Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado (RLC - CO), 2020:  76%

81%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

Women's Lobby of Colorado, 2020:  38%

38%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements

Conservatives

1
National Rifle Association (NRA) PVF

Others

2
Colorado Chamber of Commerce, National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Colorado

Reported by Candidate

2
Colorado Chamber of Commerce, National Federation of Independent Business

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
2
Bob Beauprez (2006), Mike Coffman (2018)

Summary

0%

LIBERAL

100%

CONSERVATIVE

 

Other Information

VoteSmart published a list of key votes.
The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund gives him a rating of AQ, which is given to "[a] pro-gun candidate whose rating is based solely on the candidate's responses to the NRA-PVF Candidate Questionnaire and who does not have a voting record on Second Amendment issues."

Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Agree   

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree   

I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

Agree   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Only in instances of rape, incest or if the life of the mother is at risk.


Economy

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.

Neutral   

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree   

What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

A 2% temporary salary reduction for our state’s employees (which includes me), would generate a significant source of revenue to assist countering our budget deficit.


Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Agree   

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.

Agree   

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Agree   

I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.

Yes   

What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

Although "separation of church and state" does not appear in our Constitution, it was penned in a private letter to Danbury Baptist Church by Thomas Jefferson because people feared the First Amendment did not protect their religious freedom enough. Later, our U.S. Supreme Court applied the Establishment Clause regarding the separation of church and state in 1807 through the Fourteenth Amendment that prohibited a national religion, providing people the freedom to worship without fear of retribution. We have many religions in the United States and cannot favor one over the other in terms of influencing public policy. Because there is no mandated state sponsored church in our country, it allows for all to practice their own religion without government intrusion.


Healthcare

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

Disagree   

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

I strongly believe that primary care should be at minimum the foundational starting point in terms of adequate, affordable and accessible healthcare. To promote adequate, affordable, accessible health care public policy, it is appropriate and advisable for legislators to listen to the experts as to what they think should be done, because as a state legislator we all must have adequate, background knowledge in order to make informed decisions that will affect public policy.


National Security

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Strongly Agree   


Immigration

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Agree   

State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

Agree   

Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

We are a nation of immigrants. Anyone that wants to enter the US legally and commits to follow our Constitution, laws and customs should be allowed to immigrate.


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Disagree   


Values

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

Agree   

I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

Disagree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe in the power of prayer for strength and guidance, and consider myself a Christian.


Qualifications

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Conservative   

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

Please review my voting record which can be found at https://leg.colorado.gov/bills

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

I have served both my country and my communities in many ways. As a 6 year veteran of the U.S. Army I chose to serve my country with honor. I have also dedicated myself to numerous volunteer organizations for many years with a special focus and advocacy for women and children’s services. And finally, as a former Mayor, Town Trustee, Building Commissioner and Police Commissioner, I have the experience and foundation to tackle the monumental budget issues the Colorado State Legislature will face with the upcoming budgetary shortfalls. Regarding my education including private business enterprises, I earned a BS in Business Management and after college went on to build three successful companies. From these experiences I’ve learned what it takes to make and sustain a successful business. And I also know what it is like to sign the front of a paycheck and go without to ensure my employees are paid.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

NO

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

As the incumbent state legislator for HD 38 I am running for re-election in the Colorado General Assembly because I believe in America and our Constitution. I believe our state government is completely out of touch with the realities of who really pays for our government’s mandates, rules and regulations. As a former small business owner, I know how challenging it is to build and maintain a successful business, and being able to pay my employees on time (even when I can’t pay myself) – again, something those on the left do not understand. Yet the current super majority held by the Democrats believes we can tax our way into economic recovery. As such, I believe the trifecta that serves as my foundational beliefs are freedom from: debilitating taxation, wealth redistribution, and government over-reach framed with freedom of speech without fear of retribution, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion and freedom of choice for your child's education.


Judicial Philosophy

I support the use of Sharia law as a basis for legislation and judicial decisions in the United States.

Strongly Disagree   


Criminal Justice

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

Neutral   


2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

No   

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

I believe in legal possession of firearms, background checks, and believe gun handling and gun safety should be strongly encouraged but not mandated.


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Neutral   

The Electoral College should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

I intend to re-introduce the same legislation I was a prime sponsor of: HCR20-1002- Oversight on the Governor which allows for any Governor to declare a state emergency for 30 days, but requires legislative concurrence to extend the emergency. Currently there are no publicly defined metrics offered by the Governor as to why we are shut down AND what metrics must be achieved to end the emergency declaration. Next, I intend to sponsor legislation to cut down of the number of bills allowed to be carried by any Representative or Senator from the current 5 bills to 2 bills per legislative season. This year alone, there were over 650+ bills introduced in both houses and no-one person can adequately understand that amount of legislation, much less the future consequences and especially the unintended consequences of such actions unless each bill is fully understood. Lastly, I will propose a temporary salary reduction for all State employees to help with the upcoming budgetary shortfall.

Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

I believe the pervasive narrative that our country abides by systemic racism is a narrative that shouted for long enough and loud enough becomes the basis of truth, whether it is or not. As such, the rioters have used this narrative as a call to justify their brand of violence but has instead, become a threat to domestic security as demonstrated over the past months in city after city. While the First Amendment does indeed give people the right to free speech and peaceful assembly it does not give the rioters the freedom or right to harm and destroy property and people’s lives. THIS has become the threat to our country’s domestic security – not racism. We are not a perfect nation, yet remain the only country in the world that has the protections and rights we do. The fact that we have had a black president, a black attorney general (among many others) in our country’s past indicates that the majority of Americans look past race and vote for the person based on character and content


Background

Education
  • University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, BS-Business Management, 1974
Work & Military
  • US Army, E-5, 6
Affiliations
  • Town of Columbine Valley, Mayor
  • Town of Columbine Valley, Town Trustee
  • Denver Regional Council of Governments, Member - Board of Directors
  • Denver Regional Council of Governments, Alternate - Board of Directors
  • Human Services Inc., Member - Board of Directors
  • Rotary Club of Litttleton, Member
  • Lions Club of Winter Park, Member
  • Coordinating Council for School Improvement LPS, Member
Offices
  • Mayor, Held 4
  • Town Trustee, Held 10
 

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