Ed Perlmutter

Ed Perlmutter
Ed Perlmutter officia photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 7th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2007
Preceded byBob Beauprez
Member of the Colorado Senate
from the 20th district
In office
January 9, 1995 – January 8, 2003
Preceded byClaire Traylor
Succeeded byMaryanne Keller
Personal details
Edwin George Perlmutter

(1953-05-01) May 1, 1953 (age 66)
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Deana Perlmutter
(m. 1981; div. 2008)

Nancy Henderson (m. 2010)
EducationUniversity of Colorado Boulder (BA, JD)

Edwin George Perlmutter (born May 1, 1953) is an American politician and the U.S. Representative for Colorado's 7th congressional district, serving since 2007. The district is located in the northern and western suburbs of Denver metropolitan area. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

Early life, education and career[edit]

Perlmutter was born in Denver, the son of Alice Love (née Bristow) and Leonard Michael Perlmutter on May 1, 1953.[1] His father was Jewish, the son of immigrants from Poland; his mother was Christian, and was of English and Irish descent.[2] Perlmutter describes himself as a Christian.[3][4][5][6] Perlmutter graduated from Jefferson High School in Edgewater, Colorado and went on to study political science, history, and economics at the University of Colorado at Boulder, graduating in 1975. He received his Juris Doctor at Colorado in 1978 where he was twice elected president of his class while working part-time as a laborer on construction projects.[citation needed]

Colorado Senate[edit]

Perlmutter was a Colorado State Senator from 1995 to 2003. He was elected to two four-year terms to represent central Jefferson County as State Senator from 1995 to 2003—the first Democrat elected in the district in 30 years.

In 2000, he helped lead a team that succeeded in a Democratic takeover of the Colorado State Senate for the first time since John F. Kennedy was president. He has assisted numerous campaigns and most recently was co-chair of the Kerry Campaign in Colorado.[citation needed]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act[edit]

Since 2013, Perlmutter has introduced (along with Rep. Denny Heck) legislation to improve access to banking and financial services for cannabis businesses.[11][12] Initially known as the Marijuana Business Access to Banking Act, it was rebranded as the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act in 2017.[13] On September 25, 2019, the House of Representatives passed the SAFE Banking Act by a 321–103 vote, marking the first time that either chamber of Congress has approved a standalone cannabis reform bill.[14][15]

Political campaigns[edit]


Perlmutter won the Democratic nomination for the 7th District by defeating former State Representative Peggy Lamm and college professor Herb Rubenstein, with 53% of the vote in the primary. State education chairman Rick O'Donnell was unopposed for the Republican nomination. Dave Chandler, a Green, was also a candidate.

The seat was held by Republican Bob Beauprez, who was reelected to a second term in 2004 with 55% of the vote, after winning his first term by only 121 votes. He left the seat at the end of the 2004–2006 term, having failed in his bid to become Governor of Colorado.

In late September, O'Donnell was put on the defensive when ads appeared noting that he had previously supported abolishing Social Security. A Survey USA poll soon after that showed Perlmutter with a 54 to 37 percent lead, although GOP consultants guessed that the support was "soft".[16] An October 4 poll released by Zogby showed Perlmutter ahead of O'Donnell by 45-34 percent.[17] Cook Political Report rating: Republican Toss Up. CQPolitics rating: No Clear Favorite.

In the end, Perlmutter (54%) soundly defeated O'Donnell (42%) for the congressional seat, helping Democrats to regain the majority in the U.S. House.


Perlmutter won against Republican nominee John W. Lerew.[citation needed]


Perlmutter defeated Republican nominee Ryan Frazier and Libertarian nominee Buck Bailey on November 2, 2010. The 7th Congressional district had been cited as a GOP target in 2010.[18]


Perlmutter defeated Republican nominee Joe Coors Jr. on November 6, 2012. Perlmutter's victory came despite new congressional boundaries that made his district 4 percent less Democratic. Perlmutter was ahead by 9 percentage points in Jefferson County, where 60 percent of the voters live. Perlmutter led Coors by 17 percentage points in Adams County, where 40 percent of the constituents in the newly drawn 7th District live.[19]


Perlmutter defeated Republican nominee Don Ytterberg in the 2014 general election. He won with 55.1% of the vote.[20]


Perlmutter defeated Republican nominee George Athanasopoulos and Libertarian nominee Martin L. Buchanan in the 2016 general election. He won with 55.18% of the vote.[21]


On April 9, 2017, Perlmutter announced his candidacy for Governor of Colorado in the 2018 election.[22][23] On July 10, 2017, Perlmutter announced that he will drop out of the gubernatorial race and will not seek reelection to his congressional seat.[24] However, on August 21, 2017, he announced he had changed his mind again and decided to run for reelection for his congressional seat.[25] He defeated Republican nominee Mark Barrington, winning re-election with 60.42% of the vote

Personal life[edit]

Perlmutter has three children. He and his first wife, Deana, divorced in 2008. In November 2010, Perlmutter married Nancy Henderson.[26] Nancy Perlmutter teaches mathematics and has three adult children.[citation needed] His uncle was Denver real estate developer, Jordon Perlmutter.[27]


  1. ^ "Congressman Ed Perlmutter - About". Facebook. Archived from the original on May 1, 2018. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  2. ^ "Ancestry® | Genealogy, Family Trees & Family History Records". freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com. Archived from the original on 2016-08-20. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  3. ^ Jeralyn Merritt (April 7, 2006). "An Interview With Ed Perlmutter". 5280. Retrieved 2010-07-11.
  4. ^ "111th Congress - Meet The New Members | Legislator | US Representative Ed Perlmutter". 111th.illumen.org. Archived from the original on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2010-07-11.
  5. ^ "Ed Perlmutter". Facebook. 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-20.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2011-05-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Members". New Democrat Coalition. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Members". Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  9. ^ "90 Current Climate Solutions Caucus Members". Citizen´s Climate Lobby. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Members". U.S. - Japan Caucus. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  11. ^ "SAFE Banking Act Introduced as Congress Looks to Address Cannabis Banking Issue" (Press release). Washington, D.C.: house.gov. March 7, 2019.
  12. ^ "Perlmutter, Heck Introduce Commonsense Marijuana Business Access to Banking Act" (Press release). Washington, D.C.: house.gov. July 10, 2013.
  13. ^ Wallace, Alicia (April 27, 2017). "New federal bill would allow banking for marijuana businesses". The Cannabist. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  14. ^ "SAFE Banking Act Passes U.S. House of Representatives with Overwhelming, Bipartisan Support" (Press release). Washington, D.C.: house.gov. September 25, 2019.
  15. ^ Jaeger, Kyle (September 25, 2019). "House Approves Marijuana Banking Bill In Historic Vote". Marijuana Moment. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  16. ^ [1] Archived March 9, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ "Results in key House races: Reuters poll". Washington Post. Reuters. 2006-10-04. Archived from the original on 2012-10-24.
  18. ^ Zeleny, Roger (2010-05-09). "Democrats See Hopes for West Dim in Colorado". New York Times. Retrieved 10 May 2010.
  19. ^ Bartels, Lynn (2012-06-11). "Perlmutter wins fourth term, Coors tapped out in 7th district". Denver Post. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  20. ^ "U.S. Representatives". Colorado Secretary of State. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  21. ^ "Official Certified Results, November 8, 2016 General Election". Colorado Secretary of State. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  22. ^ Marcus, Peter (March 23, 2017). "Ed Perlmutter expected to announce a run for governor". ColoradoPolitics.com. Archived from the original on March 24, 2017. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
  23. ^ James Anderson (April 9, 2017). "Democratic congressman announces run for Colorado governor". Associated Press. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
  24. ^ "Ed Perlmutter to announce that he is dropping out of governor's race". coloradopolitics.com. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  25. ^ Bunch, Joey (2018-08-21). "Perlmutter is back in congressional race, Moreno and Pettersen suspend campaigns". Colorado Politics. Retrieved 2017-08-21.
  26. ^ "Perlmutters getting married on Friday". Denver Post. 2010-11-25.
  27. ^ Westminster Window: "Longtime businessman Jordan Perlmutter helped develop Northglenn area" by Corrie Sahling December 14, 2015

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Bob Beauprez
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 7th congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Jerry McNerney
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
John Sarbanes