Magazine article American Banker

Colo. Banker in Tight Race for Key Seat

Magazine article American Banker

Colo. Banker in Tight Race for Key Seat

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As Republicans and Democrats vie for control of the House of Representatives this year, one race considered pivotal is for a newly created Congressional seat in Colorado.

The contest is important enough that each party's leadership picked the candidates in the race. For community banker Bob Beauprez, who owns and runs $319 million-asset Heritage Bank in Louisville, Colo., the recruiting to run for Colorado's 7th Congressional District began in February when Rep. Tom Davis of Virginia, the National Republican Congressional Committee chairman, came to call.

"Tom Davis flew out here and personally recruited me. It was a pretty direct frontal assault," Mr. Beauprez said in an interview a week after he won the Aug. 13 four-way Republican primary with 38% of the vote.

Mr. Beauprez is not exactly a political neophyte. He was the chairman of the Colorado Republican Party until he threw his hat in the ring to run against Democrat Mike Feeley, an attorney and a former state senator. The new district they are fighting over is equal parts Democrat, Republican, and Independent, and the race is too close to call.

If elected, Mr. Beauprez wants to serve on the House Financial Services Committee.

"One would be most comfortable and most productive if you're in an environment you have some familiarity with," he said.

He has already gotten the nod from Republican leadership. During the recruiting session with Rep. Davis, Mr. Beauprez said, "we talked specifically about the financial services committee. Chairman Davis said it would be nice to have a banker on that committee. …

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