DENVER (CBS4) — Moments after being sworn in as the nation’s first openly-gay governor, Democrat Jared Polis stopped to mark the historic moment with a selfie.
“A quick selfie as I become Governor,” Polis tweeted from the stage outside the Capitol in Denver, after being sworn in as Colorado’s 43rd governor.
He took a veiled swipe at President Donald Trump.
“We tweet happy, fun things to cheer people up,” in reference to the President’s negative tweets.
Polis is a wealthy tech and education entrepreneur and former five-term congressman from Boulder. He trounced then-state treasurer Walker Stapleton in November and became the nation’s first openly gay governor.
Tuesday’s inauguration was celebrated by LGBTQ advocates nationwide.
Polis has two children with his partner, Marion Reis. The family sat behind security glass. Polis’s sexual orientation played little-to-no role in the campaign, with health care and President Donald Trump the top issues for Colorado voters.
His inaugural speech was one of contrast. He spoke about tolerance and diversity. Polis talked about how Colorado is a tolerant state where a gay Jewish man can become governor.
Yet Polis was open about how he wanted to build a state around diversity. A Baptist pastor gave the invocation, a Jewish Rabbi gave the benediction, and there were Native American and Sikh Blessings.
Polis’s overwhelming election victory and his party’s consolidation of legislative control promise ambitious changes to energy regulation, health care and state-funded early childhood education.
He was elected to represent Colorado in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2009 through 2018. He was also a Colorado State Board of Education member from 2001-2006. He graduated from Princeton University and is the founder of ProFlowers and the co-founder of American Information Systems and Techstars.
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