Colorado swears in the United States’ first ever openly gay governor

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01/08/2019

Jared Polis on Tuesday (8 January) was sworn in as governor of Colorado. With his inauguration, he became the state’s first Jewish governor and the country’s first openly gay governor. Polis made history on 7 November when he won his race in the midterm elections. He ran opposing Republican candidate Walker Stapleton, who took 44.9% of the votes, compared to Polis’ 52%. Prior to becoming governor, Polis served as the representative from Colorado’s 2nd congressional district since 2009. He fought for numerous progressive causes, such as LGBTI rights, education access, and healthcare. Civil Rights icon and House of Representatives member John Lewis endorsed Polis in his bid for governorship. ‘‘Jared and I have worked together for years to expand civil rights and to make healthcare more affordable to millions,’ he said.

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