Richard Kaufman resides in Centennial, CO and works with the law firm of Ryley Carlock & Applewhite in Denver. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana State University and a J.D. from Emory University.
Mr. Kaufman's previous experience includes serving as a trial attorney for nine years with the U.S. Attorneys' Office in Denver. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, he specialized in employment discrimination claims litigating over one hundred cases and tort claims brought against the United States government, including medical malpractice and catastrophic injury claims.
Before joining the Department of Justice, he served seven years as Deputy Attorney General of the State of Colorado where he held various assignments including Chief of the Enforcement Division responsible for litigating securities, tax, Medicaid and consumer fraud cases on behalf of the State of Colorado. In addition, he was the liaison for the Attorney General to both the Governor and the Colorado General Assembly including legal analysis of all enrolled bills sent to the Governor and presenting the Attorney General legislative agenda to the General Assembly through testimony before legislative committees.
His legislative experience also includes overseeing the legislative and regulatory agenda for Texaco, U.S.A. before the state legislatures and regulatory agencies in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Montana, Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska.
Mr. Kaufman was previously appointed by Governor Bill Ritter Jr. to serve on the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. The 11-member commission sets policies for all state-supported public institutions of higher education.
Mr. Kaufman was appointed campaign manager for U.S. Representative Hank Brown (R- Colo.) when Mr. Brown first ran for Congress in 1980. After Brown's victory, he served as a Legislative Assistant to Congressman Brown in Washington, DC and was responsible for tax, budget, transportation and social security issues including service on a House staff group specifically assigned the task of promoting President Reagan's 1981 tax cut.
Mr. Kaufman is a veteran of the United States Air Force.
His term expires December 31, 2020.