Ken Buck is heading to Washington after all.
Buck, who ran against Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) for the U.S. Senate in 2010 and announced last year he would challenge Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) for his seat this cycle, will head to D.C. as the newest member of Colorado’s congressional House delegation.
Buck has been the Weld County District Attorney since 2004. He backed out of his U.S. Senate bid last winter when U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner jumped late into the race in March. Buck decided to run for Gardner’s seat instead, and will replace him will as Colorado 4th District congressman.
In his victory speech Tuesday night, he told supporters the country has taken a wrong turn. He said his parents were among the Greatest Generation and wouldn’t believe that the National Security Agency spies on Americans or that the U.S. Department of Education forces a national Common Core curriculum “down our throats.”
“We have Americans who work hard and are getting punished, and Americans who don’t work and are getting benefits,” he said.
The biggest cheers during Tuesday’s victory party at the Denver Tech Center Hyatt may have been when Buck assured the crowd there would be no more political ads today.
His wife, Perry Buck, is a state representative from House District 49 (Greeley) who was re-elected Tuesday. She told The Colorado Independent that she will stay in-state and continue working for her constituents.
Congressman-elect Buck said that his agenda will focus largely on working to reduce the federal budget deficit.
He easily beat three other challengers Tuesday night, winning 65.6 percent of the vote.
In other congressional races, 1st CD Democratic Rep. Diana DeGette of was re-elected with 64.53 percent; Democratic Rep. Jared Polis held his 2nd CD seat with 55 percent; 3rd CD Republican Rep. Scott Tipton won his third term with 58.57 percent; 5th CD Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn snagged a fifth term with 59.84 percent; 6th CD Republican Rep. Mike Coffman beat Democratic challenger Andrew Romanoff with 53.24 percent; and 7th CD Democrat Ed Perlmutter won a fifth term with 54.43 percent.