Cory Gardner is a Republican senator from Colorado. He defeated Democratic incumbent Mark Udall in the November 2014 midterm elections. Prior to his current position, Gardner represented Colorado’s fourth congressional district in the House of Representatives, and was a member of the Colorado state legislature from 2005 to 2011.
Why is he in the news?
On January 28, Gardner was named chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy in the new Congress.
What can we expect from him?
Gardner said he will use his role as subcommittee chairman to maintain and strengthen U.S. alliances throughout the region. On the economic front, Gardner will be involved in the completion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement and can be expected to promote U.S. business interests across the region.
Gardner also stressed the need for the United States to counter growing cyber threats, including from North Korea, as shown by the recent hacking of Sony Pictures.