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Birthdate: May 12, 1975
Birth Place: Boulder, CO, United States
Residence: Boulder, CO
First Elected: 2008
District: District 2
Undergraduate: Princeton University
Jared Polis is a native of Boulder, Colo., where he still resides. He earned a bachelor's in political science from Princeton University.
Polis started his first company when he was in high school and went on to create several pioneering technology firms, including bluemountain.com, a spin-off of his family's greeting card company, and proflowers.com, which delivers flowers. He is a well-known philanthropist, spending millions of dollars from his Internet fortune to create the Jared Polis Foundation, which supports teachers, students and access to technology.
According to 2010 financial disclosures, the most recent available, Polis is the wealthiest member of Colorado's congressional delegation, with an estimated average net worth of $143.2 million.
Polis was elected in 2001 to the Colorado Board of Education. He served for six years and became the first Democratic chairman of the board in more than 30 years.
He was elected to the U.S. House in 2008, taking over the seat Mark Udall vacated in his successful bid for the U.S. Senate.
Polis is the first openly gay non-incumbent elected to Congress. He's also the first gay parent; Polis and partner Marlon Reis welcomed son Caspian Julius in November 2011. Polis declined to say whether the child was adopted or whether the couple used a surrogate.
Jared Polis' 2008 primary victory over longtime state lawmaker Joan Fitz-Gerald was seen as a shift for the Democratic Party from traditional roots like organized labor toward an environment-minded, high-tech base.
Polis has successfully used his Internet experience to recruit supporters, a tactic that has become a model for other young politicians seeking office.
Polis has largely sided in Congress with his party. He backed the 2009 approximately $800 billion economic stimulus package, the 2010 health care reform bill and a 2010 climate-change measure to reduce carbon emissions.
Gay rights proved a major part of Polis' first term. He joined 75 other Democrats in 2009 to sponsor a bill that would repeal the federal ban on recognition of gay couples. The bill didn't become law, but Polis continued to work on recognition for same-sex couples.
When President Barack Obama announced in May 2012 that gay couples should be allowed to marry, Polis told The Washington Post, "It's really exciting to have a president who respects the ability of Americans to marry who they love."
Internet security and openness is another hallmark concern for Polis. He was an outspoken opponent of the failed Stop Online Piracy Act, which he called "anathema to the concept of an open Internet" in a January 2012 statement. He also opposed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, which passed the House in spring of 2012. "Allowing the military to spy on American citizens, on American soil, goes against every principle this nation stands for," Polis said in a statement.
Polis is among the few members of Congress who supports marijuana legalization. He has unsuccessfully pushed for bills to allow medical marijuana businesses greater access to financial services and capital.
In March of 2012, He posted a snarky Facebook retort to a new Drug Enforcement Agency officer in Colorado who wrote a Denver Post op-ed about her opposition to medical marijuana. The DEA agent mentioned the possibility of mold and water damage from basement pot-growing operations, and Polis replied via Facebook, "I mean, if you are dumb enough to flood your basement or create hundreds of thousands of dollars of mold damage, that is entirely your own fault and federal law enforcement should NOT be in the business of preventing you from ruining your basement."
Congressional redistricting made Colorado's 2nd District marginally les safe for Democrats, though they still hold a registration advantage over the GOP. The 2nd District gained Fort Collins, home of Colorado State University, unifying the state's two flagship universities in a single congressional district.
Source: Associated Press
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