Colorado Democratic Rep. Jared Polis made history tonight by becoming the first openly gay man to be elected governor in the U.S., beating Republican Walker Stapleton.
Polis is a five-time congressman who previously made history as the first openly gay man to win a seat as a non-incumbent, when he was elected to Congress in 2008. He and his partner, Marlon Reis, have two children together: Son Caspian Julius and daughter Cora Barucha.
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Before entering politics, Polis was a successful businessman, founding companies such as online florists Proflowers.com and greeting card purveyors Bluemountain.com.
“I think it really gives Colorado an opportunity to stick a thumb in the eye of Mike Pence, whose view of America is not as inclusive as where America is today,” Polis told said of his candidacy during a campaign speech this past summer, Vox reported.
“What these experiences have shown me, is that leadership is not about dividing people. It’s about finding ways to bring people together, around a bold vision for what we can be, an aspirational vision for Colorado’s future,” he continued.