Wednesday, November 7, 2018

America's first gay governor elected in Colorado

Colorado Democratic US Rep. Jared Polis will be his state's next governor, becoming the nation's first openly gay man elected to a governor's mansion

Polis, a Democrat who has served in Congress since 2009, defeated Republican candidate Walter Stapleton, the state’s treasurer. He will succeed Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, who was not eligible to run for re-election because of term limits.

Polis was one of several LGBT candidates who ran for governor this cycle, along with Brown in Oregon, Vermont Democrat Christine Hallquist and Texas Democrat Lupe Valdez.

He is the second openly LGBT person to be elected as a governor, following Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, who identifies as bisexual. Brown, a Democrat, became governor in 2015 and was re-elected in a 2016 special election.

During his gubernatorial bid, Polis has pushed for universal health care, free early childhood education and progressing Colorado to a 100% renewable energy state.

Congrats Colorado!!!


  1. Here is a list of LGBT Americans who were elected or reelected on Tuesday- all Democrats
    (note - this list may be short, there may be others)
    in the Senate
    Tammy Baldwin (Wisconsin) was easily reelected
    Note - Arizona is still undecided -- there is a chance Kyrsten Sinema who is openly bisexual can win, although she is 17,000 voted behind right now.
    In the House of Representatives-
    David Cicilline, Rhode Island
    Sean Patrick Maloney, New York
    Mark Takano, California
    Mark Pocan, Wisconsin
    Angie Craig, Minnesota
    Sharice Davis, Kansas
    Chris Pappas, New Hampshire
    Note - In Texas, Gina Ortiz Jones, a Lesbian, is 1,000 votes behind in a tight Congressional race -- and is refusing to concede as of tonight.

  2. Thanks Eddi for sharing all this information, thanks so much!