Cory Gardner


Cory Gardner is a U.S. Senator for Colorado. Previously, Gardner was a Congressional Representative for Colorado’s 4th District from 2011 until 2015. He supported the reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund,  and opposed federal land transfers. Gardner voted against the Methane Rule.

Notable Activities and Statements on Public Lands Policy

U.S. Senator Cory Gardner Supported Reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LCWF).

Gardner Supported Reauthorizing LWCF and Keeping it “Properly Funded.” “The Land and Water Conservation Fund is a critical tool used to protect some of our nation’s most cherished lands, and it’s supported by a responsible fiscal partnership between the federal government and private enterprise.  Public lands are some of our most precious resources. Keeping their conservation properly funded while expanding the public’s access to these beautiful treasures is exactly the sort of goal that I’ve always strived for in policymaking. I’m disappointed that the amendment failed, but I will continue to work towards reauthorization of the LWCF going forward.” [Press Release, U.S. Senator Cory Gardner, 01/29/15]

U.S. Senator Cory Gardner Opposed Federal Land Transfers

Gardner Voted Against the Murkowski Public Land Transfer Amendment.  “[T]he U.S. Senate passed a budget amendment sponsored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, the chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, supporting the idea of selling, transferring or trading federal lands to the states. The measure is purely symbolic. It doesn’t cover any specific parcels or give Congress any kind of new authority to chuck federal holdings. Proposals still have to make it past the House, Senate and the White House to go through. But the amendment is a “signal” that considering such bills is a priority of the Congress, says Robert Dillon, communications director for Murkowski’s energy committee. … Murkowski was unambiguous about why she believed the amendment was necessary: It is too difficult to drill, mine and otherwise develop energy on federal land.” [Cally Carswell, “Federal public land transfers get a Congressional boost,” High Country News, 03/31/15]

U.S. Senator Cory Gardner Opposed the Methane Rule.

Gardner Voted in Favor of Repealing the Methane Rule. “The U.S. Senate failed this morning to repeal an Obama-era methane rule, instead voting to preserve regulations which limit oil and gas-related methane emissions on public lands. Sen. Cory Gardner, who remained publicly neutral about his intentions and was expected to be a potential swing vote in the days leading up to the decision, voted in favor of repeal.” [Kelsey Ray, “Despite Gardner vote, US Senate fails to revoke Obama methane rule,” Colorado Independent, 05/10/17]

U.S. Senator Cory Gardner Tweeted That He Would Protect Protect Lands.

Gardner Sent a “Vague Tweet” Regarding Public Lands In Response to Trump. Trump signed an executive order to review the 1906 Antiquities Act. “Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colorado, sent a vague tweet, which appears to be in opposition of the order. ‘In Colorado, we respect & value public lands. As a champion of the outdoors, I will continue to protect the public lands in our state,’ the tweet said.” [Luke Perkins, “National monuments in crosshairs of review ordered by Trump,” The Journal, 04/26/17]