Rep. Lauren Boebert has been in the national spotlight even before her election to Congress. Here's a timeline of her biggest controversies.
- Rep. Lauren Boebert is known for her conservative views on everything from guns to immigration.
- In 2020, she appeared to align herself with QAnon adherents but later said she wasn't a follower.
- Since entering the halls of Congress, she has been embroiled in several high-profile scandals.
Even before Lauren Boebert was elected to Congress in 2020, she had become a rising star in the Republican Party, with leading conservatives thrilled by her unapologetically conservative views on abortion and guns.
She became nationally known for her gun-themed restaurant, Shooter's Grill, which operated from 2013 until 2022 in Rifle, Colo., and has been a high-profile backer of former President Donald Trump.
While campaigning for the House in 2020, Boebert said that she was "very familiar" with the far-right QAnon movement.
"Everything that I've heard of Q, I hope that this is real because it only means that America is getting stronger and better, and people are returning to conservative values," she said in May 2020 during an appearance on the QAnon-aligned web show SteelTruth.
But she later told Colorado's Fox31 News that she was "not a follower."
After winning her first race in November 2020, she exalted in her victory as part of the conservative movement.
"I am so excited to be on the front lines fighting for you each and every day and know exactly who I'm fighting for and why I'm in here," she told her supporters on Election night. "It is time that the citizens rise up and do their part to serve their country."
A video posted on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, by far-right watchdog organization PatriotTakes showed Boebert at a campaign event telling a story about running into Omar in a Capitol elevator and implying that she was a suicide bomber.
Boebert said that a Capitol Police officer ran towards her with "fret all over his face." She said she then noticed Omar standing behind her in the elevator and told the police officer "Well, she doesn't have a backpack. We should be fine."
Boebert subsequently issued an apology.
"I apologize to anyone in the Muslim community I offended with my comment about Rep. Omar," Boebert wrote on X. "I have reached out to her office to speak with her directly. There are plenty of policy differences to focus on without this unnecessary distraction."
Omar wrote on X that the encounter in the elevator never happened in the first place.
"This whole story is made up," Omar said. "Sad she thinks bigotry gets her clout. Anti-Muslim bigotry isn't funny & shouldn't be normalized. Congress can't be a place where hateful and dangerous Muslims tropes get no condemnation."
On the evening of August 4, a neighbor called 911 after asking one of Boebert's sons to stop speeding down the street in a dune buggy, The Denver Post reported.
"He's going like 50 miles an hour, and this is a residential lane — there's kids," a neighbor told 911 dispatchers, according to calls obtained by the news outlet. "We tried to stop him, and he'd just freaking cuss at us and just left."
A second neighbor called 911 alleging that Jayson Boebert had struck the neighbor's mailbox with his truck. The neighbor added that Jayson Boebert claimed "that someone took a swing at his kid, and nobody did."
"I'm sure he's loaded to the hilt. Do you know who his wife is? Lauren Boebert. She's loaded. They all have guns," a neighbor said in a 911 call obtained by The Denver Post. "He just got chest to chest, face-to-face, looking to fight."
When Sheriff Lou Vallario arrived on the scene, he said all the parties "agreed to work it out as neighbors," The Denver Post said, adding: "No charges. No further action," according to the Post.
Representatives for Lauren Boebert did not respond to requests for comment.
Colorado's 3rd Congressional district has a conservative tilt, but Boebert eked out a win over former Aspen city councilman Adam Frisch by just 546 votes out of roughly 327,000 ballots cast in what was the closest congressional race in the entire country last year.
The results were a relief to Republicans, who only narrowly flipped the House last year, but Democrats are emboldened by the close results.
"One of our most effective comments that we talked about in the district was she's not focused on the job, she's focused on herself," Frisch told The Hill months after his narrow loss. "I can't believe she had almost the most embarrassing loss in 20 years and she hasn't changed one iota."
In December 11 emergency call obtained by Insider, Boeberts' son was sobbing, gasping for air, and had trouble speaking while saying his dad was "throwing me around."
The teen also told the 911 dispatcher that his mother had been living in a farmhouse at an attached property because the family was having "problems."
Less than five minutes later, the teen called back and said that his dad "didn't really get physical with me." Then Boebert took the phone, telling the dispatcher that her son "doesn't need help" but agreed to let officers come talk to him and her husband.
Jayson Boebert told Insider that he had gotten into an argument with the teen but that "nothing physical" happened.
In a police log from the incident, an officer said Jayson Boebert said he got into a verbal argument with his son and told him to go to the farmhouse to be with his mother.
The teen "said he wasn't sure why he said that his dad hurt him, but he was upset," the log said.
The officer said there were no physical marks on the teen, both Jayson Boebert and Lauren Boebert were cooperative, and no crime was committed.
"The safety and well-being of my family are the most important things in the world to me," Lauren Boebert told Insider. "We've had some tough times and heartache. I've taken action to ensure there are better days ahead for all of us."
Greene supported Rep. Kevin McCarthy's bid for House speaker, while Boebert opposed it.
A source told The Daily Beast that Greene accused Boebert of taking money from McCarthy for her re-election bid while declining to back him for the House speakership, reportedly telling her: "You were OK taking millions of dollars from McCarthy but you refuse to vote for him for speaker, Lauren?"
USA Today reported that FEC records showed that Boebert did not receive money from McCarthy's PAC in the most recent election.
McCarthy eventually won after an unprecedented 15 rounds of voting and significant concessions to other GOP lawmakers.
In an appearance at the CPAC women's breakfast, Boebert said that she and her husband were "so excited to welcome this new life," a baby boy due in April. The congresswoman gave birth to Tyler when she was a teenager herself, dropping out of high school in 2004 when she became pregnant at 18.
"Now, any of you who have young children who are giving life, there are some questions that pop up. There's some fear that arises," she said. "Now my son, when I approached him and told him, 'Tyler, I'm going to be a 36-year-old grandmother,' he said, 'Well, didn't you make Granny a 36-year-old granny?' 'I said, 'Yes, I did.' He said, 'Well then, it's hereditary.'"
In June, Boebert revealed that her grandson had been born while discussing her ongoing feud with Greene on Fox News with host Sean Hannity.
"Sean, I did not put my life on pause and leave my four boys and my now grandson to come here and just get in spats with people,' she said. "I came here to legislate and to be effective for Coloradans, Coloradans who are suffering from the Democrats' policy. Marjorie is not my enemy. Joe Biden's policy, the Democrats, that is my enemy that I am combating right now."
A spokesman for Boebert also confirmed the birth of her grandson to Insider.
The congresswoman is suing for parental-decision making power and child support for the couple's four sons, Insider's Brent D. Griffiths reported.
"It is with a heavy weight on my heart that I have filed for divorce from my husband. I am grateful for our years of marriage together and for our beautiful children, all of whom deserve privacy and love as we work through this process," Lauren Boebert said in a statement to The Colorado Sun. "I've always been faithful in my marriage, and I believe strongly in marriage, which makes this announcement that much more difficult."
The statement continued: "This is truly about irreconcilable differences. I do not intend to discuss this matter any further in public out of respect for our children, and will continue to work hard to represent the people of Colorado's 3rd Congressional District."
As Griffiths reported, the Boeberts have a non-contested divorce hearing scheduled for October 10. It's not clear if Jayson Boebert is still cooperating with the proceedings. Magistrate Katherine Barnes wrote in an August 10 order that Jayson didn't respond to a motion after his wife's attorneys attempted to reach him several times.
The Daily Beast reported that Greene became angry when Boebert filed articles of impeachment against Biden in June, accusing her of copying the articles of impeachment that she filed in May.
Two sources who witnessed the exchange, which was captured on C-SPAN cameras, told The Daily Beast that Greene told Boebert "I've donated to you, I've defended you," before calling her "a bitch" and adding, "And you copied my articles of impeachment after I asked you to cosponsor them."
Greene confirmed to Semafor that she had referred to Boebert with an expletive when asked about the confrontation.
"I told her exactly what I think about her," Greene said, adding that she would "absolutely not" be reconciling with her House Freedom Caucus colleague.
"Marjorie is not my enemy. I came here to protect our children and their posterity. Joe Biden and the Democrats are destroying our country," Boebert told The Daily Beast. "My priorities are to correct their bad policies and save America."
According to incident reports filed by officials and initially obtained by the Denver Post, Boebert and her date were issued a warning during intermission after three theatergoers complained that they were singing, filming on their phones, and vaping. Five minutes into the show's second act, they were escorted out for "being loud" and recording the show on their phones.
Surveillance footage obtained by 9News also appeared to show Boebert grabbing her date's crotch and having her chest fondled during the performance. Another clip appeared to show Boebert giving an usher the middle finger as she left the theater.
In a post on X, Boebert said she pled "guilty to laughing and singing too loud!" Boebert's campaign manager, Drew Sexton, confirmed that Boebert was escorted out of the performance but denied that she had been vaping.
After surveillance video emerged that clearly showed the congresswoman vaping, she issued an apology, saying that she "genuinely did not recall vaping that evening" when speaking with her team about what had happened.
"Whether it was the excitement of seeing a much-anticipated production or the natural anxiety of being in a new environment, I genuinely did not recall vaping that evening when I discussed the night's events with my campaign team while confirming my enthusiasm for the musical," Boebert wrote in a statement sent to Insider's Hannah Getahun.
Boebert continued: "Regardless of my belief, it's clear now that was not accurate; it was not my or my campaign's intention to mislead, but we do understand the nature of how this looks. We know we will have to work to earn your trust back and it may not happen overnight, but we will do it."