Tom Tancredo Background
University of Northern Colorado, B.A., 1968
Formally withdrew candidacy December 20, 2007.Formally declared candidacy April 2, 2007.
U.S. Representative from Colorado, 1999-present
Secretary of Education Regional Representative, 1981-1992
Colorado State Legislature, 1976-1981
Director, Independence Institute, 1993-1998
Teacher, Drake Junior High School
Spouse: Jackie Tancredo
Children: Ray Tancredo, Randy Tancredo
December 20, 2007
Tancredo Quits Race, Endorses Romney
The New York Times
August 11, 2007
Walking a Hard Line On Campaign Trail in Iowa
The Washington Post
July 1, 2007
Back Roads Interview with Rep. Tom Tancredo
Rocky Mountain News
June 5, 2007
Tancredo Targets Fellow Republicans for Backing Immigration Bill
The Denver Post
April 3, 2006
A Border War
Tancredo Religious Biography
In His Own Words
"There is nothing compassionate about giving amnesty to millions of people who have broken into our country." Speech, March 2007
Raised in Denver by Italian parents, Tancredo was a practicing Roman Catholic until 20 years ago when a "hole in [his] soul" led him to join the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, an evangelical Protestant denomination of 70,000 members that broke away from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in 1981. He has since been outspoken in affirming his faith and its influence on his political views, most notably his opposition to abortion rights and stem cell research.
In an interview with National Public Radio in 2005, Tancredo recalled two instances where his religious faith strengthened him as both a public official and a private person. One instance was the aftermath of the Columbine high school shootings, which took place in his congressional district. Tancredo said that "the Grace of God" enabled him to cope with the tragedy and reach out to the community to help others heal as well.
Another instance was the war and genocide in Sudan, an issue he felt compelled toward because of his local congregation. Tancredo says that he has "certainly done things in Congress … because of my relationship to God," including joining the congressional International Relations Committee and Africa Subcommittee and authoring the Sudan Peace Act.
Tancredo is a member of the Cherry Hills Community Church in Highlands Ranch, Colo., which is "affiliated with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church." He says he attends services "every week I am home."
Nearly a quarter of all U.S. presidents have been Presbyterians. If elected, Tancredo would be the 11th Presbyterian president but the first from the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
Sept. 6, 2007
Clinton and Giuliani Seen as Not Highly Religious; Romney's Religion Raises Concerns
A September survey finds that religion is not proving to be a clear-cut positive in the 2008 presidential campaign. The candidates viewed by voters as the least religious among the leading contenders are front-runners Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani, while voters still express concern about Mitt Romney's Mormon faith. Read more about the 2008 election and religion.
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June 18, 2007
Analysis of Candidates' Potential Support among Religious Groups
A survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press examines potential support for the Democratic presidential candidates among Democratic and Democratic-leaning members of two religious groups: white Catholics and white mainline Protestants.