Tonight Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Polis became the next governor of Colorado and the nation’s first openly gay man elected governor.

 

For the past decade, Polis has earned a perfect score on every Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Congressional Scorecard — a tool that measures support for LGBTQ equality. Polis helped launch the Congressional LGBTQ Equality Caucus shortly after taking office in 2008 and also helped launch the Congressional Transgender Equality Task Force in 2015. He is the lead sponsor of the Student Non-Discrimination Act and is also an original co-sponsor of the Equality Act — crucial federal legislation that would finally guarantee clear, permanent protections for LGBTQ people under our nation’s existing civil rights law.

 

“Tonight, Colorado rejected the Trump-Pence administration’s politics of bigotry and fear by choosing bold pro-equality champion Jared Polis, the nation’s first openly gay man elected governor,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “For nearly a decade in Congress, Jared Polis fought to advance fairness and equality in Colorado and across America. He is a proven leader who will take his commitment to securing full equality to the governor’s mansion and fight to make Colorado a stronger and more inclusive state.”

 

Editor's Note: New Jersey Governor James McGreevey came out as a gay man in 2004 shortly before resigning his office. While he was the first openly LGBT governor in U.S. history, McGreevey was not out when he was elected in 2001. 

 

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