Ken Buck Biography
Ken Buck is an American politician born on 16th February 1959 in Ossining, New York, United States. He is the U.S. Representative for the 4th Colorado’s congressional district. He is an Republican, he has served as the District Attorney for Weld County, Colorado. he was also the unsuccessful Republican challenger to Michael Bennet in the 2010 Senate race in Colorado.
Ken Buck Age
Ken Buck is 59 years old as of 2019.
Ken Buck Net worth
Ken Buck has an estimated net worth of $1 million.
Ken Buck Family
Ken Buck was born to his parents who encouraged him together with his two brothers to do business activities. His parents were Lawyers.Ken Buck photo
Ken Buck Wife
Ken Buck married his wife princeton in 1984, but they later divorced in 1994. He was introduced to another wife Perry Lynn Buck by his mother and is the one whom he stays with he married her in 1996. His wife is a banker and businesswoman and they were blessed with two children.
Ken Buck Children
Ken Buck has two children Cody Buck (Son) who was born in 1988 who is graduate of the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York. and Kaitlin Buck (daughter) born in 1991.
Ken Buck Education
Ken Buck attended Princeton University in 1980 where he got his B.A degree. He went and joined Wyoming University School of Law where he attained his J.D degree in 1985. He was also an instructor at the University of Denver Law School and for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy in Colorado.
Ken Buck Career
Ken Buck started his career as a business man and as a footballer but he stuck on his Law career whereby he wa s assigned as a prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C. In 1990 he joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado where he became Chief of the Criminal Division. He was formally reprimanded and required to take ethics classes in 2001 for a meeting he had with defense attorneys about a felony case he thought should not be pursued. Only one of the three men initially indicted on felony charges was convicted, for a misdemeanor offense. Buck said he is “not proud” of the incident that effectively ended his career with the Justice Department, but says he felt it was “unethical” to prosecute such a “weak” case against the three men. One of the three men donated $700 to Buck’s 2010 Senate campaign.
He was elected as the District Attorney to represent the county of Weld in Colorado 2004. When he suspected that Social Security numbers were being stolen by illegal immigrants, he raided a tax service in Greeley, Colorado and seized more than 5,000 tax files. The American Civil Liberties Union sued Buck’s office for violating the privacy of the service’s clients and after an appeal to the Colorado Supreme Court, costing the county approximately $150,000, the raid was deemed unconstitutional. Buck has said that his time enforcing laws for the Justice Department and Weld County stoked his desire to become a lawmaker himself.
Ken Buck Campaign
Ken Buck announced his campaign to run for the senatorial seat as a member of the Republican. He had his opposition leaders who at the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Troubled Asset Relief Program (a program of federal economic stimulus initiated under President George W. Bush and finalized under President Barack Obama) and the role of federal policy czars.He payed the governmens debt, on the issue which he was to frequently return throughout the primary campaign. Buck, contrasting himself to what he argued was the “top down” style of early Republican favorite Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton, also pledged a “bottom-up” campaign that would include visits to each of Colorado’s 64 counties. Initially Norton was seen to have had a nearly insurmountable advantage against “a band of underfunded unknowns” that included Buck, who early in the primary season was called “a dead-in-the-water Republican U.S. Senate candidate with laughable fundraising totals and little establishment GOP support”. Norton’s staff at the beginning of the campaign was twice the size of Buck’s.
He attempted to make a virtue of his meager war chest by positioning “himself as the small-money underdog” in an election cycle that saw a “populist push for outsider candidates to upset the Washington establishment”. After receiving nearly $600,000 in a television advertising support from Americans for Job Security and a victory in March at the state party’s caucuses, Buck began to receive endorsements and notice. By late spring of 2010, Colorado had highly competitive Republican and Democratic primaries.Although Buck positioned himself as the candidate for the Tea Party movement during the Republican primary, he stirred controversy at times with remarks critical of former Rep. Tom Tancredo, a Tea Party favorite, and the statement “Will you tell those dumbasses at the Tea Party to stop asking questions about birth certificates while I’m on the camera?” – a reference to those suspicious of President Barack Obama’s place of birth. Buck blamed the comments on his exhaustion and frustration after months of campaigning, and on his exasperation that it was difficult to keep campaign debate focused on the issue of mounting governmental debt.
The tea Party leader Lu Busse criticized Buck’s “choice of words” and inclination to treat all Tea Party adherents as a uniform group. Buck again stirred controversy by suggesting voters should cast their votes for him over Norton because, unlike his female competitor, “I do not wear high heels.” Buck later stated that he was responding to Norton’s television ad claiming he was not “man enough” to attack her himself. (According to mass email, sent on behalf of Senator Jim DeMint, it was a joking paraphrase of his opponent’s suggestion to vote for her, “because I wear high heels”). Making reference to Buck’s mandatory ethics classes, Norton argued that she “didn’t need an ethics class to know what’s right. … Ken broke the rules, and the facts speak for themselves.” After Buck’s former supervisor, then-U.S. Attorney John Suthers, endorsed Norton, the Colorado Democratic Party Chair called for Buck’s resignation from his Weld County post because of his “career bypassing justice and ethics to reward political allies and campaign contributors.
Ken Buck Political position
Ken Buck supports the rampage of the Education Department and questions of the Constituion Department. He also supports the gun rights that is endorsed by American Owners Gun assoction. He was the first person to stand up and say that the Global warming is the greatest hoax that has ever been perpetrated. The evedince was supported by a large mass of people the global was discussed under enviroment. He opposed the health care reform law that was enacted in 2010. He favored the free market-based reforms.In his campaign the slogan let the market work and make people responsible for their own insurance, and restore Americans’ freedom to decide for themselves whether and how much insurance to buy. He supported a state constitutional amendment that would give rights to unborn fetuses, but then later withdrew his support reportedly after he found out that the measure would have restricted certain fertility and contraception procedures. He also supported the people’s human rights he considered the support of U.S military of “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. He said, “I do not support the repeal of don’t ask don’t tell. I think it is a policy that makes a lot of sense.He believes that being gay is a choice. He said, “I think birth has an influence over it, like alcoholism … but I think that basically you have a choice.” The Log Cabin Republicans have rebuked him for this comment.
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As his father watched him from a hospital bed, 27-year-old Ken Buck sat behind Dick Cheney while history was being made. The Colorado Republican was the assistant minority counsel on the Iran-Contra investigation, working for Cheney, then a Wyoming congressman. He learned how rumors swirl around a congressional investigation and why “underpaid and overworked” staffers do what they do during his one year — through late 1987 — on the case. What’s your takeaway from your time as a staffer? It was meaningful in a lot of different ways, but one of the things that happened was my dad was dying from emphysema. He was bedridden, and he would watch the hearings. Mr. Cheney, Mr. [Michael] DeWine, a few of them would mention my name during a hearing: “So I talked to Ken Buck, one of our staffers, and Ken told me about this, and I just wanted to ask you to respond to that.” It would just mean so much to my dad, who was in bed, dying.
What did you work on? The subject matter was fascinating. It had to do with a constitutional crisis between two branches of government. The legislative branch, Congress, passed the Boland Amendment, which restricted funding … to help the counterrevolutionaries, the Contras, in Nicaragua. The president said, “Fine, I will raise private money to help the Contras,” and he used the White House and photo opportunities and other government resources — going to fundraisers on Air Force One — to get that done. So it was a question of, we said you couldn’t fund the Contras. Can you use government resources to then raise private money to fund the Contras?
The idea that there was a link between the sale of weapons to free hostages in Lebanon and the funding of the Contras became an issue. Was the administration selling weapons and then taking the proceeds to the CIA and using it to fund the Contras? There was no evidence of that, but it was part of the investigation. What really impressed me about this investigation, and I say this with all due respect to current media and press, because I’m sure none of the current members of the press would do this, but as soon as a rumor hit — and actually a lot of it’s happening now with Russia and both sides are being unfairly rumormongered — but a rumor would hit and it would be front page news. By the time it was disproven, three months later, nobody would care about it because we moved on to six new rumors. [Gomez on What He Learned From Being a Staffer for a Latina Member] Working on such an important issue, did you feel young at 27? hired off of the Hill for the Republicans and then ended up with three or four others.
Did you ever think to yourself, I could run for office one day? Yeah, I did. More so after I left. I looked at Mr. Cheney — every time I see him, he says, “Call me Dick, Ken,” and I still can’t do anything but call him Mr. Cheney. It’s funny because I tell these guys to call me Ken, but they call me “sir” all the time. I think of him and want to be like him. He is a great family man. He is a great, thoughtful policymaker. He’s very measured in his approach to public life. [Former Rep.] Henry Hyde, such a great orator. There was really a group of characters on that committee that I was impressed with and thought, it’d be great to have the opportunity to work on the Hill as a member. Do you and Cheney keep in touch? We do keep in touch. He actually threw a fundraiser for me. His daughter sits next to me on the Rules Committee, Liz.
When he was running for vice president in 2000, he was in Colorado in October, so fairly close to the election, and he saw me across the room. He walks past all these important people — governors, senators, former senators — and he says, “Kenny! How are ya?” Not many people call me Kenny, but coming from him it was a good compliment. Does being a former staffer influence how you treat your staff, I hope so. I hope they think so. I love my staff. I have a great staff. There are reputations of some members that they yell and scream, and I could never do that with this group of staff. I really respect them and think they are vastly underpaid and overworked. We were underpaid and overworked on the committee, but the reason I did it and the reason my staffers do it is because they believe in something bigger than themselves. I’m just thoroughly impressed with my staff and could never be a tyrant with these folks.