About Bob Beauprez
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Bob Beauprez is a former dairy farmer, community banker and Member of Congress who has spent his entire life working to leave his native state of Colorado a little better than he found it. Currently he maintains a buffalo breeding ranch in the Colorado Mountains and remains very politically active.
Bob Beauprez was born and raised on a third generation family farm in Lafayette, Colorado. Bob’s grandfather emigrated from Belgium in 1907 and founded a general livestock farm specializing in draft horses. Bob’s father eventually took over the farm and developed a nationally renowned Hereford beef cattle breeding herd and transitioned to dairy cattle in the 1950′s. The daily regime of chores, field work and milkings taught Bob a disciplined work ethic that has served him well throughout his life.
After graduating from the University of Colorado in 1970, Bob went into partnership with his parents and brother, Mike, in the family farming operation. Bob managed the dairy herd, eventually marketing their cattle throughout the United States and placing their cattle on every continent except Australia. During that time, Bob pioneered the use of embryo transplant technology to increase the quality and marketability of the family herd. He also served eight years on the National Holstein Association Board of Directors including five years as Chairman of the Genetic Advancement Committee. Bob became an industry spokesperson and international judge of Holstein cattle.
The dairy herd was dispersed in 1990 and Bob managed the development of the real estate for his family, eventually becoming part of a fifteen-hundred unit residential golf course community. At the same time, Bob and his wife Claudia purchased controlling interest in a small community bank. As President, CEO and Chairman, Bob expanded the bank from one to thirteen locations and grew its assets from $4 million to more than $400 million in twelve years. Bob served as President of the Colorado Independent Bankers Association and was on the Board of the Independent Bankers of America.
While running the bank Bob was politically active as the chairman of the Boulder County Republican Party (1997-99), and later as Colorado State GOP Chairman (1999-2002). Bob retired from the bank to run for the new 7th Congressional District in 2002, winning the nation’s closest congressional election that year by 121 votes. In 2004 he was re-elected by over 30,000 votes. While in Congress Bob served on Ways and Means, Transportation, Veterans Affairs and Small Business Committees. He was also Vice-Chairman of the Highways and Infrastructure Subcommittee and a member of the Republican Leadership Whip Team. In 2006 Bob was the Republican nominee for Governor in Colorado.
In 2007 Bob founded a public policy e-magazine, A Line of Sight. As editor-in-chief, Bob has built a national distribution and more than 100 contributing authors to date for the e-mag he describes as “food for the conservative soul.” His work has been featured in National Review, The Washington Times, Townhall.com, The Denver Post, and numerous other publications. Bob’s political commentary is regularly sought after by television networks, major newspapers, and radio stations throughout the U.S. as well as internationally. In 2009, Bob published his first book, A Return to Values: a Conservative looks at his Party that has been applauded for his bold “Agenda for America,” a strategic plan to reclaim the nation’s greatness.
Bob married his high school sweetheart Claudia in 1970. They have three sons and one daughter as well as four grandchildren. Bob and Claudia returned to their agricultural roots in 2007 by purchasing a 1300 acre ranch in the Colorado Mountains near the Wyoming border at 8500 ft. just below the Continental Divide. There they maintain a 300 head buffalo breeding herd in partnership with their son Jim.