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Who is Jared Polis?
Jared Schutz Polis is a well-known American politician, entrepreneur, businessman, and philanthropist, serving as the 43rd governor of Colorado since January 2019. From 2001 to 2007, he served one term on the Colorado State Board of Education and five terms as the United States representative from Colorado’s 2nd congressional district from 2009 to 2019. He thus was the only Democratic member of the Libertarian conservative Liberty Caucus and was the third-wealthiest member of the United States congress with an estimated net worth of $122.6 million.
In 2018, he was elected governor of Colorado by defeating Republican nominee Walker Stapleton. As an openly gay man, he has made history several times through his electoral success. He became the first openly gay parent elected to the United States Congress in 2008. In 2018, he became the first openly gay man and the second LGBT person (after Kate Brown) elected governor of a U.S. state. Moreover, he was the first Jewish person elected governor of Colorado. In 2020, he became the first U.S. governor in a same-sex marital engagement. The following year, he became the first U.S. governor in a same-sex marriage.
How Old Is Jared Polis?
He is 47 years old as of November 2022, having been born on May 12, 1975, in Boulder, Colorado, U.S. Jared shares his birthdate with celebrities such as; DraconiteDragon, Summer McKeen, Rishi Sunak, Madeleine McCann, Tony Hawk, and many more.
Jared Polis Family
Who are Jared Polis’s Parents?
He was born to Stephen Schutz (Father) an Illustrator, and Susan Polis Schutz (Mother, born on May 23, 1944) an American poet, filmmaker, and businesswoman.
Does Jared Polis have Siblings?
He has two younger siblings by the name of Jordanna Schutz and Jorian Schutz.
Jared Polis Education
He received his high school education at La Jolla County Day School where he graduated. After graduating from high school, he attended Princeton University where he graduated with a B.A. in politics in 1996.
Jared Polis Marital Status
He is openly gay. He is married to the love of his life Marlos Reis (born on July 1, 1981) an American animal rights advocate, writer, and first gentleman of Colorado. They married in September 2021 in a small Jewish ceremony at a synagogue in Boulder.
Jared Polis Kids
He and his partner Marlon have two kids. A son by the name of Caspian Julius Polis Reis (born in 2011) and a daughter by the name Cora Barucha Polis Reis (born in 2014).
Jared Polis Business Career
While still in college, he co-founded American Information Systems (AIS), Inc. AIS was an internet access provider and was sold in 1998. He then co-founded a free electronic greeting card website, bluemountain.com in 1996. In 1999, it was sold to Excite@Home for $430 million in stock and $350 million in cash. He then founded ProFlowers February 1998, an online florist in La Jolla, California. That same year in December, economist Arthur Laffer began advising Plos and joined ProFlowers as a Director. Later ProFlowers renamed Provide Commerce, Inc went public on NASDAQ as PRVD on December 17, 2003. In 2005, he Provides Commerce was acquired by media conglomerate Liberty Media Corporation for $477 million. The following year, he and other investors founded TechStars in Boulder, Colorado. During his tenure in Congress, he was among its wealthiest members; his net worth was estimated at over $300 million.
He is the founder of the Jared Polis Foundation. The foundation issues annual Teacher Recognition awards and donates computers to schools and nonprofit organizations. Moreover, he founded one charter school(the New America School) and co-founded another (the Academy of Urban Learning). Because of his exemplary performance, he received the Boulder Daily Camera’s 2007 Pacesetter Award in Education and the Kauffman Foundation Community Award.
An Early Political Career
He has been called one of the “Gang of Four”-four wealthy Coloradans who made a concerted effort to support Democrats in statewide legislative races.
A Career in the State Board of Education
He was elected at-large as a member of the Colorado State Board of Education in 2000 and served a single six-year term until January 2007, when the district was eliminated. His election was one of the closest in Colorado history as he defeated incumbent Ben Alexander by 90 votes out of 1.6 million casts. During his tenure, he served as both chairman and vice chairman of the board.
He served as co-chair of Coloradans for Clean Government in 2006. This is a committee that supported Amendment 41, a citizen-initiated ballot measure to ban gifts by registered lobbyists to government officials. The following year, he co-chaired the “Building for Our Future” campaign that supported ballot question 3A in the Boulder Valley School District to issue $296.8 million in bonds for the improvement and modernization of aging school facilities. In 2014, he planned to champion two ballot measures to limit fracking in Colorado. This was by banning drilling near schools and homes and empowering communities to pass their own rules.
A Career in the U.S. House of Representatives
In 2008, he won a heavily contested Democratic primary election for Colorado’s 2nd congressional district. He then went on and won the general election on November 4 with 63% of the vote. He succeeded Mark Udall who was elected to the United State Senate that year. In 2010, he was re-elected to the House with 57% of the vote, in 2012 with 56% of the vote, in 2014 with 57% of the vote, and in 2016 with 57% of the vote.
During the 2012 elections, he was the Red to Blue program chair for the DCCC. As he helped recruit and raise money for Democratic candidates in competitive congressional districts. After the elections. Jared considered running for vice chair of the House Democratic Caucus after then-Chair Xavier Becerra was term-limited. The position went to Representative Joe Crowley.
A Career as Governor of Colorado
He announced in 2018 his candidacy for governor of Colorado. He was then elected governor with 53.4% of the vote by defeating Republican nominee Walker Stapleton. The win made him the first openly gay person elected governor of any state; the first openly gay person to serve as a state governor was Jim McGreevey, the 52nd Governor of New Jersey who disclosed his sexual orientation during his gubernatorial tenure.
He won the 2022 election.
On November 6, 2018, he was elected governor. Boldly Forward, a 501(c)4 nonprofit, was formed as the transition team, working with Keystone Center as a facilitator. On January 8, 2019, he was sworn in.
A Career in Political Positions
He voiced support in September 2015, for altering university disciplinary processes surrounding campus rape to allow for cases to be judged against a recreational likelihood standard. Saying that “If there are 10 people who have been accused, and under a reasonable likelihood standard maybe one or two did it, it seems better to get rid of all 10 people”. After being criticized for these remarks, he apologized by saying: “I went too far by implying that I support expelling innocent students from college campuses, which is something neither I nor other advocates of justice for survivors of sexual assault support”.
In the House, he was an advocate for civil liberties, While campaigning in 2008, he said that “a balance must be restored between the executive and the judicial branch (through restoring habeas corpus, and clarifying that the president does not have the Constitutional authority to alter legislation through signing statements). Some have praised Polis as a libertarian because of his positions on abortion rights, school choice, allowing children to play unsupervised, COVID mandates, and supporting an income tax rate of “zero”.
He supports the legalization of cannabis, saying in 2011, “Just as the policy of prohibition failed nationally with alcohol-it’s now up to states and counties- I think we should do the same with marijuana”. The legislation he has introduced is the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act in 2013, the Regulate Marijuana-Like Alcohol Act in 2015, and the McClintock-Polis amendment in 2015. Also, an original cosponsor of the marijuana Justice Act was first introduced in 2018 in the House. Polis went on and launched the Congressional Cannabis Caucus in February 2017, along with Representatives Don Young, Earl Blumenauer, and Dana Rohrabacher.
He voted against the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. Also, he opposes Section 1021, which has drawn controversy about implications to detention policy. After the law was signed, he and other House members introduced legislation to repeal the indefinite detention provision.
He became the first U.S. representative in May 2014 to accept campaign donations via Bitcoin.
He and Senator Joe Lieberman in 2011, introduced the 2011 Race to the Top Act (H.R. 1532). The legislation authorized old provisions and some new ones. This includes new standards to encourage and reward states based on their implementation of comprehensive educational reforms that innovate through 4-year competitive grants that allow more funding to expand charter schools and compensate teachers in parts based on their students’ performance. Moreover, he introduced the Computer Science Education Act. This will help provide job training for computing jobs and the ACE act which would provide funding to improve outcomes for students in persistently low-performing schools and authorize school “turnaround grants”.
He sponsored two ballot measures in 2014, targeting hydraulic fracturing, Initiatives 88 and 89. He then announced on August 4, 2014, that he would withdraw his support for the two ballot measures.
He has shown interest in the regulation of kombucha. Moreover, he co-sponsored a bill that legalized the interstate shipment of raw milk.
As a member of Congress, he and then-Representatives Barney Frank and Tammy Baldwin called on the U.S. embassy in Iraq and then-United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. This was to prioritize investigating the allegations of rape, torture, and executions of LGBT Iraqis. Also, he and the other 35 House members called on the State Department to address violence against Honduras’s LGBT community.
On May 29, 2019, he signed House Bill 1124, immediately prohibiting law enforcement officials in Colorado from holding undocumented immigrants solely on the basis of a request from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
At the time of his departure from Congress, he was one of seven openly gay members of the 113th Congress and caucused in the LGBT Equality Caucus. He has thus pushed for repealing the Defense of Marriage Act, and praised the Obama Administration’s decision for the Justice Department to defend DOMA no longer, saying “Section 3 of the law is unconstitutional”. Moreover, he credited Obama for openly endorsing gay marriage, calling it “welcome news to American families”. Also, he was an original cosponsor of H.R. 116, and the Respect for Marriage Act H.R. 116 repeals DOMA. Which allows marriage recognition for gay and lesbian couples in the US, the District of Columbia, and US territories. Also, he was the leading sponsor of the Student Non-Discrimination Act with Senator Al Franken who introduced the act in the Senate.
He voted for the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, which prohibits openly gay and lesbian members of the Military from serving. Moreover, he is a supporter and cosponsor of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. In September 2014, he filed a discharge petition to bring the LGBT Employment Non-Discrimination Act to the floor of the House of Representatives for a proper vote. He also urged Obama to reconsider the inclusion of Malaysia and Brunei in a Trans-Pacific Partnership because of their negative record on LGBT rights. In April 2020, he said he opposed the repeal of the Reedy Creek Improvement Act and said that he would welcome Disney if they left Florida and moved to Colorado.
Jared Polis Height and Measurements
Adding up to his well-built body is a height of 5ft 5inches (1.66m) and a weight of 70kg (154lbs).
Jared Polis’s Salary and Net Worth
As governor, he has a salary of $92,700 and in all his careers he has s a salary of $33 million+ and a net worth of $400 million.