About Cole

My name is Cole Buerger

I am running to represent you, your family and every resident of the 3rd Congressional District in Congress. In the coming months, I look forward to visiting every corner of Western and Southern Colorado in an effort to meet you, hear your stories, and learn what is most important to you so that I can truly represent all voices in our nation’s capital.

I am a fifth generation Coloradan, with deep roots in our beautiful state. Like so many across our district, I grew up on a family ranch just south of Silt, raising cattle and quarter horses while showing 4-H animals in the Garfield County Fair. Upon finishing high school, I went East for college and earned an undergraduate degree in International Affairs from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a Master´s Degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. After college, I spent the early years of my career strengthening democracy around the world, working with activists fighting against authoritarian regimes to bring freedom to their countries, helping civil society groups take root, and promoting anti-corruption efforts and rule of law campaigns as a means to hold elected officials accountable.

Public service runs in my blood.  For years, my dad volunteered at the National Western Stock Show's livestock exhibition while my mom was a 4-H leader and mentor to many young people in Garfield County. My grandmother served as the mayor of Kremmling for many years, dedicating her life to fighting for her community. Last but not least, my partner Mitchell was in ROTC at CU Boulder and served in the Army. 

In 2012, I started my own consulting company, where I have spent the past 9+ years working with world-renown leaders and organizations executing communications, research, and advocacy efforts, including get out the vote campaigns, and initiatives centered on generating greater awareness about educational funding equity, the rights of women and girls, mental health, and human trafficking.

Today, I am running for office to continue this legacy and ensure the people of Colorado and our heritage continue to have a bright future.


In an effort to protect and safeguard our democracy and our communities we must now look past our differences. We need to prioritize our shared potential over party affiliation and work together to find common ground.  Colorado and America are ready for a representative that listens; a representative who is honest about who they are and what they believe; a representative who can bridge the divides between people and who is capable of leading through dialogue and teamwork. The times demand we build up communities and economies that serve all of us, rather than tearing the other side down. If we do, we can achieve amazing things for our families, our communities, our district and our nation.