About Scott Gessler
Scott Gessler is known as the Honey Badger of Colorado politics. Even the Washington Post called him “the most closely watched election official in the country . . . his ready-to-rumble personality and a series of loud disputes with what he terms the ‘angry left.’” He’s not only fearless in fighting for others. He’s also effective.
Election Integrity Expert
Scott Gessler is one of the nation’s leading experts in elections and election integrity. In November, the Trump campaign hired him as its testifying expert in election challenges in Nevada and Pennsylvania. Gessler also was retained to be the election expert for pre-election lawsuits in Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Vermont, and lawsuits last cycle in Florida. In Colorado, he implemented the nation’s most secure vote-by-mail system (despite his deep concerns about election integrity), developed the nation’s first comprehensive system to remove non-citizens from the voter rolls, pioneered new ways to get ballots to our military and overseas civilians, and even ordered ballot recounts when questions arose about tabulation equipment. As an attorney, he has litigated nearly every type of election law case, including many First Amendment and Due Process constitutional challenges. And he has taught election law at the University of Colorado and University of Denver.
Experienced Political Activist
Most importantly, Gessler has been a candidate three times – once for city council, and twice as a statewide candidate. In 2014 outside observers recognized that he ran an “organized and disciplined” campaign for governor. He understands what candidates need and where candidates are often left in the lurch. He is an experienced fundraiser, having raised over a million dollars in Colorado through his campaigns and other political activities.
At the same time, Gessler has worked for scores of other candidates, from U.S. President to local city council and has seen how a strong state party can help. He brings to bear a deep working knowledge of how outside groups operate. Even after leaving public office in 2015, Gessler remained active, serving as Colorado legal counsel for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, and volunteering in the Georgia Republican Party War Room in the recent Senate run-offs.
In 1990 Scott Gessler took an oath to uphold the Constitution and joined the U.S. Army. Proud to wear the uniform, he has served overseas and served in a variety of units – Judge Advocate, Civil Affairs, and Special Forces. He started his career as a prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice and has served on dozens and dozens of community boards and commissions. Most recently, he served on the statewide judicial performance commission, where he led the successful effort to reform how Colorado reviews its judges.
And Of Course…
Mr. Gessler is married to his wife Kristi, and they have two wonderful children – Sofia and Eric. He currently practices law at the firm Gessler Blue, LLC. He received degrees from Yale (B.A. in history and political science), University of Michigan (J.D.) and Northwestern University (M.B.A.).