Gardner, Bennet Applaud Colorado Legislature for Passing Military Spouse Licensure Reciprocity

Colorado U.S. Senators called for this action to bolster Colorado’s chances for selection as the permanent headquarters for U.S. Space Command

Washington, D.C. – Today U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) applauded the Colorado state legislature for passing a bill to allow military spouse licensure reciprocity, which Gardner and Bennet called for in May in order to make the strongest case possible for Colorado’s selection as the permanent home for U.S. Space Command.

“Bipartisan elected leaders from all across Colorado worked together to ensure our state would be selected for the provisional headquarters for U.S. Space Command,” said Senator Gardner. “Now we must continue to work together to make the strongest case possible for Colorado’s selection for the permanent headquarters. I applaud the state legislature for passing this bill to allow military licensure reciprocity and further show that Colorado is undoubtedly the best state for U.S. Space Command’s permanent headquarters.”

“The Colorado Legislature’s passage of this bill is great news for Colorado’s military families – and particularly the spouses who are a part of the licensed workforce,” said Senator Bennet. “We already know that Colorado offers a supportive military community focused on providing a good quality of life in addition to our thriving military and intelligence assets and robust aerospace industry. With military spouse licensure reciprocity, it will be even more clear that Colorado is the only choice for the permanent home of the U.S. Space Command.”

In May it was announced that Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs was selected as the provisional headquarters for U.S. Space Command for at least the next six years.

Colorado was the first home of the U.S. Space Command when it was previously established at Peterson Air Force Base in 1985. Today, Colorado continues to possess the trained military personnel and technical expertise necessary to assume the responsibilities of a Unified Combatant Command for space and the space-related responsibilities currently assigned to United States Strategic Command.


Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.