45 Facts About Jared Polis

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Jared Schutz Polis is an American politician and businessman, serving as the 43rd governor of Colorado since January 2019.

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Jared Polis served one term on the Colorado State Board of Education from 2001 to 2007, and five terms as the United States representative from from 2009 to 2019.

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Jared Polis was the only Democratic member of the libertarian Liberty Caucus, and was the third-wealthiest member of the United States Congress, with an estimated net worth of $122.

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Jared Polis was elected governor of Colorado in 2018, defeating Republican nominee Walker Stapleton.

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Jared Polis is the son of Stephen Schutz and Susan Jared Polis Schutz, founders of greeting card and book publisher Blue Mountain Arts.

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6.

Jared Polis was born at Boulder Community Hospital in Boulder, Colorado in 1975.

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Jared Polis lived in San Diego, California as a high school student, graduating from La Jolla Country Day School in three years with multiple honors.

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Jared Polis graduated from Princeton University with a B A in politics in 1996, writing a 157-page senior thesis, "Paradigm Shift: Politics in the Information Age", under the supervision of Carol M Swain.

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Jared Polis co-founded American Information Systems, Inc while still in college.

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10.

In February 1998, Jared Polis founded ProFlowers, an online florist, in La Jolla, California.

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Jared Polis has founded one charter school and co-founded another.

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12.

Jared Polis has received the Boulder Daily Camera's 2007 Pacesetter Award in Education and the Kauffman Foundation Community Award.

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13.

Jared Polis has been called one of the "Gang of Four"—four wealthy Coloradans who made a concerted effort to support Democrats in statewide legislative races.

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In 2000, Jared Polis was elected at-large as a member of the Colorado State Board of Education and served a single six-year term until January 2007, when the district was eliminated.

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Jared Polis's election was one of the closest in Colorado history, as he defeated incumbent Ben Alexander by 90 votes out of 1.

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In 2006, Jared Polis served as co-chair of Coloradans for Clean Government, a committee that supported Amendment 41, a citizen-initiated ballot measure to ban gifts by registered lobbyists to government officials, establish a $50 annual restriction on gift-giving from non-lobbyists, establish a two-year cooling-off period before former state legislators and statewide elected officials can begin lobbying, and create an independent ethics commission.

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In 2007, Jared Polis co-chaired the "Building for Our Future" campaign that supported ballot question 3A in the Boulder Valley School District to issue $296.

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18.

In 2014, Jared Polis planned to champion two ballot measures to limit fracking in Colorado by banning drilling near schools and homes and empowering communities to pass their own rules.

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19.

Jared Polis succeeded Mark Udall, who was elected to the United States Senate that year.

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20.

Jared Polis is seeking reelection in 2022 with Primavera as his running mate.

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21.

An effort to recall him and other Democratic elected officials failed to submit any signatures; Jared Polis said of the effort, "Recalls should not be used for partisan gamesmanship".

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22.

Jared Polis was an original cosponsor of the Marijuana Justice Act that was first introduced in the House in 2018.

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23.

In February 2017, Jared Polis launched the Congressional Cannabis Caucus along with Representatives Don Young, Earl Blumenauer, and Dana Rohrabacher.

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24.

Jared Polis voted against the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, and opposes Section 1021, which has drawn controversy about implications to detention policy.

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25.

In May 2014, Jared Polis became the first US representative to accept campaign donations via Bitcoin.

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26.

Jared Polis has sponsored other education bills and legislation regarding students, including:.

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27.

In 2014, Jared Polis sponsored two ballot measures targeting hydraulic fracturing, Initiatives 88 and 89.

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Jared Polis sought to move fracking from 500 feet from people's homes to 2,000 feet to improve homeowners' quality of life in affected areas.

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Jared Polis co-sponsored a bill that would have legalized the interstate shipment of raw milk.

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30.

Jared Polis took a congressional delegation trip to Afghanistan, meeting with former Afghan Interior Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar, US military officials and diplomats.

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31.

Jared Polis criticized expanding US troops in Afghanistan, and supported putting resources in intelligence and special operations.

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Jared Polis voted for the 2010 Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act expanding economic sanctions against Iran under the Iran and Libya Sanctions Act, and co-sponsored the Iran Sanctions Enabling Act of 2009, authorizing state and local governments to direct divestiture from, and prevent investment in, companies with investments of $20,000,000 or more in Iran's energy sector.

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On May 29,2019, Jared Polis signed House Bill 1124, immediately prohibiting law enforcement officials in Colorado from holding undocumented immigrants solely on the basis of a request from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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At the time of his departure from Congress, Jared Polis was one of seven openly gay members of the 113th Congress, and caucused in the LGBT Equality Caucus.

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35.

Jared Polis was the leading sponsor of the Student Non-Discrimination Act with Senator Al Franken, who introduced the act in the Senate.

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36.

Jared Polis voted for the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, which prohibited openly gay and lesbian members of the Military from serving.

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Jared Polis was a supporter and cosponsor of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr.

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38.

In September 2014, Jared Polis filed a discharge petition to bring the LGBT Employment Non-Discrimination Act to the floor of the House of Representatives for a proper vote.

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Jared Polis urged Obama to reconsider the inclusion of Malaysia and Brunei in a Trans-Pacific Partnership because of their negative record on LGBT rights.

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40.

Jared Polis is one of the few people to be openly gay when first elected to the House, and the first openly gay parent in Congress.

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Jared Polis is the nation's second openly gay parent to hold state-level government office.

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42.

Jared Polis and his husband, Marlon Reis, have a son and a daughter, born in 2011 and 2014, respectively.

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43.

Jared Polis is an avid Colorado Rockies and Denver Broncos fan.

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44.

In July 2020, Jared Polis donated $1000 to Representative Ilhan Omar's primary opponent in her 2020 reelection campaign.

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45.

In September 2021, Jared Polis married his longtime partner, Marlon Reis, in a small Jewish ceremony with family and a few friends at a synagogue in Boulder.

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