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Tom Tancredo Biography

US Representative (R-CO)
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"

“I can’t get over it, because even the arguments that are made, that are constantly made, with regard to marijuana, are irrelevant, totally irrelevant in this debate. It’s not about marijuana, it’s about states’ rights. The federal government has no right to interfere when a state makes that kind of decision. The federal government should stay the hell out of it.”

“Your Guide to the Candidates’ Views on Medical Marijuana: Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO),” Granite Staters for Medical Marijana website (accessed Nov. 1, 2007)

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • 2008 Republican Candidate for US President
  • United States House of Representatives, Colorado District 6, 1999-present
  • Founder/Chair, House Immigration Reform Caucus
  • President, Independence Institute, 1993-1998
  • Regional Representative, United States Department of Education, 1981-1993
  • Representative, Colorado State House of Representatives, 1976-1982
  • Department of Education Teacher, Drake Junior High School
  • Member, Canadian-American Parliamentary Assembly
  • Member, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Parliamentary Assembly
  • Member, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Republican Study Committee
  • BA, Political Science, University of Northern Colorado, 1968
  • 173 votes missed (23.9 percent of 725 total votes), during the current (110th) Congress (as of July 26, 2007)