At a Glance
- Career History:
Weld County District Attorney (2004 to present); Chief of the Criminal Division for the Colorado U.S. Attorney's Office (1990 to 2004); Prosecutor for the U.S.
Department of Justice
(1987 to 1990)
- Alma Mater: Princeton University, B.A. (politics), 1981; Wyoming School of Law, J.D., 1985
- Spouse: Perry
- Campaign Office: 915 Tenth Street, Greeley, Colo. Phone:(970) 356-4010
- Web site
Path to Power
Buck grew up in Ossining, N.Y., where his father worked as a lawyer at prominent law firms in nearby New York City. His father always wanted the young Buck to grow up and attend Ivy League schools and become a lawyer like himself.
While Buck says it was less important to him than his father, he did attend Princeton University for undergraduate studies. While at the New Jersey school, Buck studied politics.
Buck decided to enter the Senate race in April 2009. By August 2009, he was all set to drop out as the Republican establishment supported rival Jane Norton. But Buck defied conventional wisdom and instead threw his hat into the ring, winning the chance to take on incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.).
Bennet is a political neophyte and a top GOP target after being appointed in January 2009 to a Senate seat vacated by Obama Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.
After Buck graduated from law school, former Vice President Richard Cheney gave the young lawyer his first gig. Buck joined (then Congressman) Cheney's team to investigate the Iran-Contra Affair.
Early in Buck's campaign run, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Freedomworks Chairman Dick Armey threw their support behind Buck. DeMint has become a quasi-adviser, according to Buck. "[P]olitically the person I have talked to the most and the person that I admire the most is Senator Jim DeMint," said Buck.