#SteelBriefs Profile - Representative Scott Tipton (R) CO-3

Representative Scott Tipton (R) CO-3

The American steel industry employs nearly 140,000 workers, supports about a million jobs in the larger economy and is vital to nearly every aspect of modern life. #Steelbriefs highlights the opinions of steel advocates in Congress on key issues critical to the steel industry by profiling members of Congress who have worked to curtail the unfair foreign trade practices that have impacted the industry, and championed other issues critical to steel like transportation, infrastructure and energy. You can follow #SteelBriefs on the American Iron and Steel Institute Twitter (@AISISteel) and Facebook channels, as well as here on steel.org.



How does the steel industry benefit your district?

The benefits that the steel industry has brought to the Third Congressional District of Colorado go all the way back to the 1800’s, when steel served as the literal foundation of the transportation system that led to the expansion of the Western United States. Today, the steel industry provides good paying jobs for hardworking men and women and serves as an economic engine for the entire region.

Why does a successful steel industry benefit the nation?

Our nation is built on steel, from rail to interstates to bridges. The benefits of a successful steel industry go far beyond direct jobs, a successful steel industry supports domestic energy resource development, environmental sustainability, and national security.  

Why is it important to address unfair trade, especially with regard to the steel industry?

Unfair trade undermines the U.S. steel industry and the spirit of a free and fair marketplace. Chinese steel dumping has had devastating effects on many Colorado families, as mills are forced to idle and lay off workers. This is why I worked as a member of the Congressional Steel Caucus to help pass the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 (H.R. 1295) and Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (H.R. 644) into law, which are two bills that will help prevent unfair trade practices. 

Why is national infrastructure investment important?

In Colorado, with our numerous isolated rural communities, severe weather, and mountainous topography, reliable infrastructure is vital to people’s existence. As the U.S. population continues to grow, the stress and demand on our infrastructure will increase. It is important that we make investments now to ensure our infrastructure is strong for generations to come.