Links - Official Sites: Congressional Office, Tancredo for a Secure America
Unofficial Site:
Finances: FEC

In Brief - Re-elected to a fifth term in 2006; represents Colorado's 6th Congressional District (Littleton).  First elected to Congress in 1998.  President of the Independence Institute, a libertarian think tank based in Golden, 1993-98.   Served at the U.S. Department of Education during the Reagan and Bush administrations.  State Representative, 1976-81.  Teacher at Drake Junior High School.  B.A. in political science from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, 1968.  Born December 20, 1945 in North Denver, CO.  [Timeline]

The Issue
Perhaps no American political leader is as closely identified with the fight against illegal immigration as Tom Tancredo, a five-term congressman from Colorado.  Tancredo warns that "the great American melting pot is broken" and that the millions of illegal aliens are "threatening our economic security and undermining our national culture."  For Tancredo, the answer is simple.  "Enforce the law," he states.  "If you enforce the law, people who are here illegally go home.  They go home because the thing for which they have come--the job--is no longer available.  If they cannot get social service benefits, they go home by the millions, and if they don't you must deport them because that is the law."  [speech]

Large demonstrations on immigration in 2006 pushed this issue to the fore, but Congress was unable to pass any legislation in the election year.  In May 2007 a group of Senators put forth a compromise comprehensive immigration reform bill, which was much in the news but died on June 28, 2007 when it failed to obtain enough votes to achieve cloture.  Tancredo derided the legislation as "an amnesty bill."  "If this bill passes the day after, anyone who is in this country illegally that doesn't have a felony record can go in and get a card that will allow them to stay here indefinitely, to get a Social Security card, and to be guaranteed that they won't be deported," he said.  "Now that's amnesty in anybody's language."

While Tancredo is running largely to keep the issue of illegal immigration front and center in the debate, there is more to his record.  His campaign brochure highlights "A" or "A+" ratings from a host of conservative groups including the American Conservative Union, National Right to Life Committee, the National Rifle Association, the Family Research Council, the National Taxpayers Union and the National Federation of Independent Businesses.  He speaks out against abortion, homosexual marriage and embryonic stem cell research.  "Our culture is under attack by the federal courts," Tancredo stated in a July 2007 radio ad.

"It's Your Country.  Take It Back."
For a while it appeared that Tancredo might not get in the race.  In 2005 he made three visits each to Iowa and New Hampshire, but in 2006, a re-election year, he made just one trip to Iowa.  He joked that his wife would kill him if he ran.  Nonetheless on Jan. 16, 2007 Tancredo announced formation of a presidential exploratory committee, and on April 2, 2007 he formally announced his candidacy.  Bay Buchanan, who chaired her brother Pat Buchanan's presidential campaigns, is leading the national effort.  Tancredo has invested more time in Iowa in advance of the August 11 Straw Poll in Ames than many of his competitors and is seeking to rally an "Army Against Amnesty."

Tom Tancredo.  June 2006.  IN MORTAL DANGER: The Battle for America's Border and Security.  Medford, OR: WND Books.
"'In Mortal Danger' is authored by outspoken Congressman Tom Tancredo, famous for his efforts to reform our immigration policies and secure our borders.  He lives up to his reputation of never being afraid to speak his mind in this sure-to-be controversial book...  Without strong, moral leadership, without a renewed sense of purpose, without a rededication to family and community, without shunning the race hustlers and pop-culture sham artists, without protecting our borders, language, and culture, the nation that once was the land of the free and home of the brave" and the "one last hope of mankind will repeat the catastrophic mistakes of the past.  'In Mortal Danger' is his prescription for repairing the damage."

April 14, 2007-Republican Party of Iowa's Abraham Lincoln Unity Dinner in Des Moines, Iowa.
Feb. 8, 2006-Rally organized by the Minuteman Project at the U.S. Capitol.

Total Receipts
Total Disbursements
Cash on Hand
Year to Date Totals
$  2,777,131.38
$  2,807,879.07
$  2,209,606.02
$     598,451.05
debts $15,000.00
2nd Q 2007 (Apr.1-Jun. 30)
$  1,465,776.42
$  1,466,188.08
$  1,474,791.21
$    598,451.05
debts $15,000.00
1st Q 2007 (Jan. 1-Mar. 31) press release
$  1,311,532.96
$  1,311,868.99
$     734,814.81
$     607,054.18
 debts $15,000.00

On the Web
(May 3, 2007 grab)
(March 24, 2007 grab) (Jan. 16, 2007 grab)
unofficial site 
(Aug. 22, 2006 grab) 
(April 4, 2006 grab)
(July 29, 2007 grab)

"unofficial web site run by Michigan Youth for Tancredo in cooperation with the Michigan Youth Offensive" 

site launched Aug. 18, 2005

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