|Address||104 S. Cascade Avenue Suite 105|
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903, United States
|| April 18, 1935
Nov 03, 2017 12:37am
Married - Baptist -
|Info||Joel Hefley was first elected to represent Colorado's Eastern Front Range in the House of Representatives in 1986, and has won re-election seven times, the last by 83 percent of the vote. Now in his eighth term, he represents Arapahoe, El Paso, Douglas, Teller and Fremont counties with a conservative point of view that reflects his diverse and growing district. |
Hefley is known throughout his district and in Congress as a fair and effective lawmaker, who remains loyal to his Western roots while supporting legislation that benefits the national interest. He is in his 14th year as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, and also serves on the Natural Resources, Small Business and Standards of Official Conduct committees. His focus as a legislator is to strengthen the military, protect federal lands and reduce taxes.
As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Hefley is a strong advocate for a robust national defense and is a staunch supporter of missile defense. His district is home to the U.S. Air Force Academy, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Schriever Air Force Base, Fort Carson and U.S. Space Command.
He is the chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Readiness, and is responsible for the operation and maintenance of all military bases, as well as the readiness and preparedness requirements of military personnel. His subcommittee oversees the availability and condition of equipment, civilian personnel, maintenance depots, spare parts availability, readiness reporting systems, readiness of Army Training Schools and readiness of U.S. Forces to operate in a chemically or biologically contaminated environment.
As chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Installations and Facilities from 1995-2001, Hefley focused his efforts on increasing expenditures on military housing and personnel programs. He succeeded in improving the quality of life for the American soldier by expanding healthcare services, increasing pay and renovating military housing facilities.
Hefley is equally committed to the preservation and conservation of our nation's public lands and natural resources. As a member of the House Resources Committee, Hefley focuses his efforts on establishing a fair process for designating and managing federal lands and ensuring that the nation's parks and resources are maintained in a pristine condition.
An Oklahoma native, Hefley moved to Colorado seeking work as a cowboy and ranch hand. He settled in Colorado Springs and established himself as a civic leader by serving as the executive director of the Community Planning and Research Council and founding the Colorado Springs Community School project. He was elected to the Colorado State House of Representatives in 1977 and served there until he was elected to the State Senate, where he worked from 1979 to 1986.
Hefley returns to his Western roots by cowboyin' on his ranch where he raises quarterhorses and sculpts bronze statues of Western scenes and ranch life. He also draws political cartoons that depict the ups and downs of congressional life.
Hefley has a Bachelor of Arts from Oklahoma Baptist University and a Masters of Science from Oklahoma State University. He was also a Gates Fellow at Harvard University. He and his wife, Lynn, have three daughters and four grandchildren.