Minority Whip Ray Scott

Senator Ray Scott represents Colorado Senate District 7 in Mesa County.

Senator Scott was born in Ohio and grew up in Rifle, Colorado where he graduated from Rifle High School. His father worked as a law enforcement officer in Denver and later joined the State Patrol, sparking his son’s interest in public service. 

Senator Scott worked for Conoco as a terminal manager. In 1978, after working in Colorado and New Mexico, Senator Scott returned to Grand Junction and became Operations Manager for Williams Energy. After Williams Energy, Senator Scott founded Gas Products Corporation, a company that sells high-end equipment for luxury homes and commercial applications. He also owns Skyline Sports Center in Grand Junction and Scott Land Investments which specializes in land development and custom home building. 

Senator Scott is committed to promoting faith, liberty and the values of our Founding Fathers. At the State Capitol, Senator Scott works to reduce job-killing regulations that stifle growth, oppose new taxes on Colorado’s middle class families, and fights to prioritize funding for safer roads and bridges in our state.

When not at the Capitol or managing one of his three businesses, Senator Scott enjoys fly-fishing and spending time with his family.


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Email: ray.scott.senate@state.co.us
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commented 2019-01-09 12:42:29 -0700 · Flag
The Colorado PUC would be well advised to study the results of renewable energy policies that have been pursued by Xcel Energy in other states.

commented 2017-07-26 13:10:44 -0600 · Flag
The facts are this: the bicycle group does not pay their own way and they need to start doing so. Start an annual registration program to license the bikes.
commented 2017-07-26 12:00:29 -0600 · Flag
Denny, Denny, Denny, this “whole thing” as you put it is just getting started! Pocket protector nerds pay THOUSANDS of dollars for a mountain and/or road bike and then start crying about paying your share of the costs associated with your passion for riding?? Really?? Growup time, Son. You do some research and you will find that the USFS, NPS,CPW, Colorado Springs, Denver, Aspen, Vail, Grand Junction and every one of the more populous counties in Colorado spend MILLIONS on bike-related infrastructure, be it road bike lanes and striping, planning, maintenance or mountain bike trails land acquisition, construction, maintenance, parking lot construction and maintenance, signage and administrative costs. Yes Denny, MILLIONS, while you refuse to pay $50./Yr. for a bike registration. How many bicycles are there in Colorado? I, personally have 2. At $50./ Yr/bike, that will generate $50 MILLION DOLLARS/YR. So, shut up and pay up all you spandex-wearing p#$%^&*. TAX THE SPANDEX TAX THE SPANDEX TAX THE SPANDEX. That is all, carry on.
commented 2017-07-26 10:30:26 -0600 · Flag
Also this whole thing is dead in the water: http://denver.streetsblog.org/2017/07/21/that-was-fast-ray-scott-backs-down-from-colorado-bike-tax/ Don’t mess with the cycling community, crackers.
commented 2017-07-26 10:21:34 -0600 · Flag
Just looking at the two most recent comments. It’s amazing how ignorant some of the supporters of this are. FYI Jeff, myself and most of my cycling friends are working professionals (as in scientists, software engineers, etc.). Also, gasoline taxes do not pay for streets and you’re an idiot if you assume that a few cents at the pump can fund that. The bulk road funding comes from block grants that we pay for with our income tax. Do just a little bit of research before you make a false statement like that.

Finally, Mark, the bulk of MTB trails (which is totally unrelated to this issue and I have no idea why you bring it up) are maintained by local organizations and private funding. Again, take 5 minutes to Google something before you launch into a brainless rant based on your own false assumptions

This is really reinforcing the idea that Republican voters are ignorant, angry white dudes.
commented 2017-07-26 07:46:11 -0600 · Flag
It’s about time the bike lane users paid for their lane.
These frequently arrogant law breakers(traffic laws) need to pay for the privilege of riding their bicycles. Not children, but wage earners(if there are any) that use the streets that are paid for by gasoline taxes.
commented 2017-07-23 20:09:36 -0600 · Flag
Senator Scott, thank you. I have been saying this to friends for some time now. I call it “Tax the Spandex”. Just last week I proposed an excise tax for bicycles and all related gear. At a meeting for Parks and Wildlife last week here in Colorado Springs, I suggested developing new revenue streams for DPW that did not involve steep hikes for hunting and fishing licenses for residents.Not only do bicyclists demand resources from CDOT and every other entity in Colorado, mountain bikers also require a large amount of resources from DPW. How much does it cost to build, maintain and administer mountain bike trails around Colorado? Millions, I am sure. How many mountain bikes are there in Colorado? 1/2 million? How many road bikes? 1/2 million? I really do not know the figures. If bicycles are taxed $50/Yr., which is not unreasonable, that equals $50 Million in NEW revenue. If a spandex-wearer is crying about that, ask them how much they paid for their bike(s). Many cost over $2,000.00, so what’s $50? 7 lattes at their preferred coffee shop? The more mature riders will recognize the inequality in the current situation and step up to pay for their exercise, sport and passion. When you pay for what you are passionate about, you become a stakeholder. When you appeal to peoples’ passion, they will support your ideas. I plan on speaking with the Colorado Springs City Council on this subject in the near future. Senator, keep swinging, there’s a home run here. I appreciate your work. Mark Rozman
commented 2017-07-22 11:03:50 -0600 · Flag
Senator, I will gladly pay a tax on bicycles. I feel, having received so much from my country, it would only be right for me to pay my fair share. I hope the money can be used to increase bike lanes, bike paths, and other inherently green ventures. The more and the faster we in Grand Junction can look and act like our Front Range counterparts, the better. Mesa County needs more exercise and more time outside, as is evidenced by our suicide rate. Thank you for proposing this—it’s common sense, and it’s about time a Republican favored the country and the people over their party.
commented 2017-07-21 12:02:51 -0600 · Flag
Don’t follow Oregon’s tax. That is not enough. We own ATV’s and pay $25 each annually. Yes we still drive cars and were told these fees would improve trails and track stolen ATV’s. So far many trails have been closed for ATV’s and then new trails are being built in virgin land for bicycles, what’s with that? Boaters pay annual fees. About time bicyclist step up. Oh and yes we have bikes too.
Bicyclist say they have no impact on roads? Look at all the bike paths that are being built. I met a bunch on the road out of Eagle CO and a bike path right beside them. Should be ticketed.
commented 2017-07-21 11:53:37 -0600 · Flag
commented 2017-07-21 10:27:19 -0600 · Flag
Please reconsider your idea to tax bicyclists. We already pay the same taxes non-cyclists do, since most of us also own cars, RVs, homes or businesses, so we do pay our fair share. As a representative from Grand Junction, it seems odd that you would propose something that would harm the direction in which the Grand Valley is headed. The city worked hard to attain bronze bicycle friendly status per the League of American Bicycle Standards, and the entire valley is working hard to be recognized as an outdoor recreation hub. This proposed tax is like a slap in the face to those efforts as well as a reason for people and businesses to choose not to invest in the area.
commented 2017-07-21 09:22:55 -0600 · Flag
There seems to be a growing battle in parts of the U.S. and Europe against cyclists which is extremely perplexing. This idea smacks of yet another attack on cycling. As someone involved in the industry and is a cyclist, I am fed up with the individuals too lazy to get their ass on a bike and exercise and, then drive two blocks to the store. Colorado is an outdoor state and should continue to embrace that heritage. What you and others do not seem to understand is that cyclists are commuters, children, parents, racers, mountain bikers, grand parents and, toddlers.
This proposed tax while small is not going to do anything but create another state run headache that serves little or no purpose. Implementation, administering and enforcement will cost more over the long haul than the tax would ever bring in. The governor worked hard to steal the outdoor retail shows to Colorado and was able to do so because of our state’s commitment to preserving our beautiful Colorado landscape. This is a step backwards and, accomplishes nothing.
I would suggest Mr Scott, that you get your rear end on a bicycle and get to know your constituents on two wheels. Perhaps that will clear your mind.
commented 2017-07-21 06:13:58 -0600 · Flag
It is about time someone has decided to try and make bicycles pay their own way. A registration fee is definetly warranted. Their used to be one and should be once again. Thank you!
commented 2017-07-20 20:44:18 -0600 · Flag
also well stated, dinuba
commented 2017-07-20 16:47:16 -0600 · Flag
well stated, mr. jones.
commented 2017-07-20 16:32:22 -0600 · Flag
The middle class does not need more taxes. As a Republican, I am disgusted you would propose another tax particularly on the already strapped middle class.
commented 2017-07-20 12:17:29 -0600 · Flag
your bike tax idea is incredibly stupid. cyclists already pay disproportionately for a road network that we’re not welcome on and we’re getting (similarly disproportionately) injured and killed on. you’re trying to punish the people that are already most burdened by our inequitable and stupid transportation system. i’d assume you don’t ride since you don’t quite have a cyclist’s build. maybe you should park the SUV for a couple of days and see how the rest of us have to fight to get around on our own roads. spoiler alert: it sucks.
commented 2017-06-02 08:13:12 -0600 · Flag
Doesnt look like this site gets much visitation, but I will leave a quick note.
for starters Take off your blinders to the many people you represent, learn of their fears of the future, their concerns. Become educated about a few other areas besides oil /transportation/ and the committees youre on. I’d like to see more about your willingness to ‘cross the isle’ to get things done for us. Are you not concerned for Colorado’s sake, that there still is no appointed head of FEMA, or NOAH? It affects all of us; especially in your committee assignments. My sense is you dont want to educate yourself about the long view, the future of the western slope if we continue the ‘boom and bust’ cycle of our economy for too many more years… There are smart people out there that can help you. My experience from really looking at the media is that you are not going to find them on Fox. They’re not in the business of giving you objective information. You need better sources. Do your homework, ask for help when you need it. and thanks for your willingness to be working for colorado, even though I disagree with most every you stand for except fly fishing. Hope i see you out there.
commented 2017-03-02 21:05:00 -0700 · Flag
Last post is for Jacque!
commented 2017-03-02 20:58:31 -0700 · Flag
Thank you for your opinion however, the articles I am referring to are on the front page daily. They look to be Newsfeed articles from AP primarily. You don’t recognize it because they support your views. You and I disagree plain and simple, and that’s ok. I stand by my statement!
commented 2017-03-02 15:07:14 -0700 · Flag
I did not approve of your characterization of the Daily Sentinel as fake news. This is sloppy and irresponsible talk in my opinion. We receive the Daily Sentinel at work and consider it the authoritative source for national and local news in our region. Partisan thinkers seem to object to the Sentinel’s Op-Ed page. What’s interesting is how many syndicated columnists have spoken out against Mr. Trump’s erratic behaviors and capricious relationship with the truth. I urge you to rededicate your focus to working in harmony with the press and representing all of your constituents. Colorado keeps getting bluer all the time. Thank you.
commented 2017-02-15 08:28:01 -0700 · Flag
I thought your comment calling the Daily Sentinel “fake news” was inappropriate and unprofessional. I have lived in Mesa Co for 35 years and have found their reporting these past 2 years more balanced than in past years. Your comment sounded like a very partisan remark. Keep in mind you do represent all your constituents regardless of party.
commented 2017-02-14 16:00:51 -0700 · Flag
Thank you Senator Scott for finally saying the truth about the Daily Sentinel here in Grand Junction I have been calling since last summer directly to the editor letting him know how myself and many of my colleagues feel about their fake news and slanderous articles against are then president-elect and now president in addition to many other heavily liberal slanted views that they call news… I have pulled all of my advertising from the paper in addition cancelled my daily subscription. If indeed they try to sue the fact is in the writing just go back to last spring when they started quoting biased fake news from AP and other leftwing media outlets and you can see how slanted and liberal their paper is you were just calling it as you see it and I along with MANY others stand with you! You are spot on! We and very proud of you
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